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 – OBJECTIVISME

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Ayn Rand, "The New Fascism: Rule By Consensus", 1965
Other , 31,5 x 31,5 cm
Vinyl, LP

In these lectures, Ayn Rand criticises American interference in Vietnam as unreasonable as well as violating the rights of Americans, as it did not serve any national interest. She also argues that the intervention would lead to the inevitable breakdown of the supposed ideal of “government by consensus”, or the unlimited rule of the majority. Rand warns that such approach to politics will inevitably result in “a plain, brutal, predatory, power-grabbing, de facto fascism”. According to Rand, the conflict between the individual and the state was a central issue throughout mankind’s history, “whether it is the individual against feudalism, or against absolute monarchy, or against communism or fascism or Nazism or socialism or the welfare state”.