Aestheticization of politics

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The aestheticization of politics was an idea first coined by Walter Benjamin as being a key ingredient to Fascist regimes.[1]

This has also been noted as being connected to the Italian Futurist movement and to its tangents as about, say, the vigour of the Fascist regime in Italy.

In Benjamin's (original) formulation, the politicization of aesthetics was considered the opposite of the aestheticization of politics, the former possibly being indicated as an instrument of "mythologizing" totalitarian Fascist regimes. In that light, the politicization of aesthetics was associated with a revolutionary praxis, redeeming force, with an undertone of being a means to cope in such as the case of a restrictive, censorship inforcing society. It provided a psychological incentive for survival by telling the story of a somehow socially asocial or asocially social (citizen)individual able to trancend mundane surroundings and scenery, having an "ascetic scale", a ladder, maybe, at hand.

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  1. ^ Jay, Martin (1992). ""The Aesthetic Ideology" as Ideology; Or, What Does It Mean to Aestheticize Politics?". Cultural Critique. University of Minnesota Press (21). JSTOR 1354116.