"Essay On Liberation" Compared With Music

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"A Society depends upon the relatively stable and calculate sanity of the people" (Marcuse 83). Herbert Marcuse, author of "Essay on Liberation," believed the definition of sanity is the "regular, socially coordinated functioning of the mind, and the body. Moreover, a society also demands to a considerable extent, belief in one's beliefs; belief in the operative value of society's values" (Marcuse 83). Marcuse believed that unity and social equality is a better choice for society because it creates a sane psychology of economics rather than the chaotic competition that exists in a capitalist government. However, not everyone shared Marcuse’s beliefs. The 1960's folk turned rock singer Bob Dylan undermined Marcuse's idea in the lyrics of his songs: "Like a Rolling Stone," "Highway 61," and "Desolation Row." Dylan portrays that people are different and should strive for greatness rather than conform to certain types of standards. In the Song "Like A Rolling Stone" Bob Dylan wrote about the loss of individualism, therefore a loss of personal freedom in a socialist society. The woman Dylan was writing about had it all, wealth, class, and luxuries: "You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat." She was different like a "Princess on the steeple." This girl stood out of the crowd. Socialism limits everyone to the same equality of social class. A non-capitalist form of government takes away prosperity: “…he took from you everything he could steal.” Marcuse on the other hand had a strong belief that unity provides more freedom for the people: “The social expression for the liberated work instinct is cooperation, which, grounded in solidarity, directs the organization of the realm of necessity and the development of the realm of freedom” (Marcuse 91). “Highway 61” is another Bob Dylan song that undermined Marcuse’s theme “sanity.” Marcuse believed in
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