Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment

Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment

The great critic Peter Viereck, in a volume that both reproduces an earlier effort and presents an entirely new work on the intersection of history and literature, offers a biting critique of the American desire for normalcy that leads to a culture of the surrender of personality. In contrast to this voluntary thought control process is the unadjusted person. Cast in the mold of great individualists from Thomas More to Friedrich Nietzsche, such a person responds to fundamental values of conscience rather than conformity built exclusively on ego gratification and icon worship.Viereck's book is a stinging critique of the liberal presumption of a monopoly in critical thought. He argues to the contrary, that most varieties of liberal expression offer little else than the common platitude dressed up as critique. In such a cultural environment, conservatism is the skeleton in the liberal closet. The virtue of conservatism is that in its very stress on liberty as dependent on tradition and law, it permits the human being an opportunity to test all transient things by the touchstone of all lasting ideas. Unadjusted Man cuts deep and in many directions: against left totalitarian regimes of Europe and right wannabes like McCarthyism in America. For Viereck, the art of conserving is not an embrace of utopias to come or empires that were, but retaining the sense of individuality over against the senselessness of the "massman." Civil liberties in this approach are a right to non-conspiratorial dissent informed by fundamental values.The new material is presented unabashedly--without an attempt to rewrite personal history, and with an admission that not every prediction made in the original edition has come to fruition. That said, the underlying themes of the original are not so much repeated as expanded upon. For those seeking a work in the classic mold of conservatism, rather than the strident reactionary views that have come to dominate much of the conservative dialogue, this will be a special book, a special entrance to the mind of a great figure in American culture wars of present as well as past.


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Pages 369 pages
Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment
Language: en
Pages: 369
Authors: Peter Viereck
Categories: United States
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-06-28 - Publisher: Routledge

The great critic Peter Viereck, in a volume that both reproduces an earlier effort and presents an entirely new work on the intersection of history and literatu
Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment
Language: en
Pages: 404
Authors:
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: - Publisher: Transaction Publishers

The great critic Peter Viereck, in a volume that both reproduces an earlier effort and presents an entirely new work on the intersection of history and literatu
Strict Wildness
Language: en
Pages: 276
Authors: Peter Viereck
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-08 - Publisher: Routledge

A reviewer once called Peter Viereck's thought "not common sense but inspired, electric common sense." This volume of Viereck's selected essays on poetry and on
Aesthetic Origins
Language: en
Pages: 244
Authors: Jay Patrick Starliper
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-28 - Publisher: Routledge

While it is gaining in academic prominence, discussion of the imagination is too often neglected. Society is dangerously unaware of the intimate relationship be
Metapolitics
Language: en
Pages: 620
Authors: Peter Viereck
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-12 - Publisher: Routledge

More than half a century after the fall of the Third Reich, Nazism, its roots and its essential nature, remain a central and unresolved enigma of the twentieth
An Empire of Ideals
Language: en
Pages: 250
Authors: Justin D. Garrison
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-03-05 - Publisher: Routledge

Justin D. Garrison provides an original and groundbreaking analysis of Ronald Reagan’s imagination as it was expressed mainly in his presidential speeches. He
A Perilous Path
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Anne R. Pierce
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-07-05 - Publisher: Post Hill Press

Exposing the moral and strategic deficits of the Obama, Clinton and Kerry approach to world affairs, A Perilous Path takes a close look at American history, whi
Conservatism Revisited
Language: en
Pages: 205
Authors: Peter Viereck
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-05 - Publisher: Routledge

Peter Viereck, poet and historian, is one of the principle theoreticians of conservatism in modern American political thought. In this classic work, Viereck und
Reclaiming Liberalism
Language: en
Pages: 321
Authors: David F. Hardwick
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-19 - Publisher: Springer Nature

“David Hardwick and Leslie Marsh have assembled a contentious collection of independent thinkers on liberalism’s identity and prospects. Should liberalism b
Transplantings
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Peter Viereck
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-08 - Publisher: Routledge

First Published in 2017. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa company.