What might we mean by monoculture? What is the impetus for ‘identitarian’ or nationalistic monoculture movements who do not see, or wish, their society to be pluralistic, not just in the context of Europe but globally? Might we locate positive or even emancipatory aspirations of monoculture? Might a culturally homogeneous society also be inclusive and transformational? What lies at the fringes of monoculture, and what does it not tolerate? What may be the position of the arts within the context of monocultural ideology? Or alternatively, how might the arts look under monocultural ideology when taken to its logical conclusion?

MONOCULTURE – THE OBJECTIVIST

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Ayn Rand, "The Ayn Rand Letter", 1971
Other , 28 x 29,5 x 7,5 cm

In the 1960s, Ayn Rand turned to writing non-fiction and elaborated on the ideas set forth in her novels, united under the concept of Objectivism. From 1962 until 1976, she wrote for three successive periodicals. An extremely prolific writer, Rand commented on significant cultural events and outlined some negative trends from her Objectivist perspective. Considering the philosophy as an indispensable guide to the world, she addressed all kinds of topics. These also included a number of book reviews, a Q&A section, occasional editorial reports on the spread of Objectivism, a calendar of upcoming events such as lectures, and TV and radio programmes that featured Rand and her associates. Rand also compiled a list of books, which she considered to be of special interest to the adherents of Objectivism. The periodicals were supposed to help her readers “acquire relevant knowledge”.