“This Space Ship is Going to Paris”

in We'll Always Have Paris

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226473789
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226473802 | DOI:
“This Space Ship is Going to Paris”

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The New Left collapsed into a heap of self-destructive sects and the counterculture disappeared into drugs. American culture had absorbed two aspects of their messages. The first, from the New Left, was an antipathy toward large bureaucracies. The second, from the counterculture, was a modern form of romanticism that valued the emotions over the intellect and the individual over the group. The counterculture's rampant individualism also contributed to the rise of the New Right, which echoed the extreme individualism of the nineteenth-century heyday of unbridled capitalism. Many of the middle-aged tourists were also inspired by the kind of drive for “self-actualization,” originating among the young, which Christopher Lasch called the “Culture of Narcissism.” Modernization also continued to transform transatlantic transportation, especially in the sense that the word implies mass-produced sameness.

Keywords: New Left; self-destructive sects; counterculture; New Right; self-actualization

Chapter.  8088 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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