Aestheticization of politics
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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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