Prometheus Unbound. Essays as an Orphic Counterforce

(Cyrille Offermans) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2016, № 24, PP. 32-41

The books mentioned in this essay testify to mental resistance. The fact that they are there at all is nothing short of a miracle. They embody an ambition which runs counter to the cynical neo-Liberalism that has the world in its devastating grip. Promethean forces, which were constrained in the decades after the Second World War, have over the last quarter of a century been given free rein once again even in old Europe, which follows the US like a faithful dog– with disastrous results for the welfare state and the “state of the Culture”. The essays discussed here form – in the sense of the Dutch author Ton Lemaire – part of a pluriform Orphic counterforce.

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