One of the things we find here at Salvo when putting together the fake adds is that the reality is often absurd enough without requiring much modification from us.
That was recently impressed upon me last month when I saw the fake add on The Influential Teachers series. Reading through the quotes on the left, I assumed my colleagues had simply made these up. That is, until I got to the quote by Herbert Marcuse, “That which is cannot be true.”
Having recently written an article for Salvo on this guru of the counter-culture titled, ‘The Illusionist How Herbert Marcuse Convinced a Generation that Censorship Is Tolerance & Other Politically Correct Tricks‘, it seemed that the notion “That which is cannot be true” had a sort of Marcuse-type ring to it. So I started googling this and some of the other quotations. Sure enough, they hadn’t made them up. There really were intellectuals who were crazy enough to say these things.
Adorno really did say, “Life has become the ideology of its own absence.” He really was echoed by EM Cioran who noted, “There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there? The inner smile provoked in us by the patent nonexistence of both.”