What happens when you cross anarchism with nuclear physics? That could be a volatile combination to be sure, one wavering towards some nihilistic tendencies, yet stopping short of falling off the cliff. Artistically, it could be pretty interesting if the intrinsic liberality to anarchism ran up against the law, rigor and order of science. Imagine then, film maker Mike Nichols whose maternal grandparents were anarchisty Gustav Landauer and Hedwig Lachmann, the writer. Landauer was the spiritual guide of Martin Buber of I and Thous fame and the articulator of religious socialism as a kind of natural habit for “religiosity” mixed with anything goes.
Nichols is also a third cousin of Albert Einstein through Nichol’s mother. Lots of maternal zing in that line. Anarchists are known to be creative people, even a Chomsky had his moment in the sun with linguistics before becoming a creative complainer; but the idea of avoiding frameworks for control would fit into a context of artistic innovation, without the rays of the transcendental and of revelation intruding on the proceedings. But at root is there a hate of the world, or a deep love that seeks to topple the order and let a new one build organically on its own. Kind of divinely ordered form finding its own shape. But is all this free evolution of anarchism kind of depressing? manifesting itself in the material sphere as a kind of parallel capitalism and wealth accumulation….
( From Leo Baeck Institute): Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931) is a German-Jewish born American television, stage and film director, writer, producer and comedian. He was born in Berlin. One side of his family were Russian Jews who were living in Vienna. The other side of his family were German Jews. His maternal grandfather was the Jewish anarchist Gustav Landauer and his grandmother was the writer Hedwig Lachmann. He is related to Albert Einstein. At the age of 8, he immigrated with his family from Nazi Germany to the United States. He went on to become one of the most celebrated personalities of stage and screen.
One of his best known films is “The Graduate” with Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft.
(see link at end) …Anarchism is a creed inspired and ridden by paradox, and thus, while its advocates theoretically reject tradition, they are nevertheless very much concerned with the ancestry of their doctrine. This concern springs from the belief that anarchism is a manifestation of natural human urges, and that it is the tendency to create authoritarian institutions which is the transient aberration. If one accepts this view, then anarchism cannot merely be a phenomenon of the present; the aspect of it we perceive in history is merely one metamorphosis of an element constant in society. It is to tracing this constant but elusive element that anarchist historians, such as Peter Kropotkin, Max Nettlau, and Rudolf Rocker, have largely devoted themselves….
The family tree which these writers have cultivated so carefully is indeed a magnificent growth, and in the shade of its branches one encounters some astonishing forefathers. Kropotkin was perhaps the most extreme of all the anarchist genealogists, for he sought the real origin of his creed not among individual thinkers, but among the anonymous mass of the folk. ‘Anarchism,’ he declared, ‘originated among the people, and it will preserve its vitality and creative force so long only as it remains a movement of the people.’Read More:http://www.ditext.com/woodcock/2.html
Landauer:Jesus was a truly inexhaustible figure–so rich, so bountiful and generous, that quite apart from the significance He has for men’s spirit and life He was also a tremendous socialist. But take a Philistine and place him on the one hand before the living Jesus on the Cross, and on the other hand before some new machine designed to transport persons or goods: if he is honest and free of any cultural pretensions he will regard this crucified human being as totally useless and superfluous and will run after that machine. And yet, how immeasurably more have men been really moved by Jesus’ calm, tranquil, suf
ng greatness of heart and mind than by all the machines we have for the purpose of moving people! And yet, where would our whole transport machinery be without this calm, tranquil, suffering great One on the Cross of mankind! Read More:http://doreenellenbelldotan.info/DailyBleedLandauer.htm