Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Speculation |

Art and the Human Economy

The two preceding papers were furnished independently, and there is some editorial presumption in having collated them, and now in commenting them together. Special disservice is done to Mr. Southard, whose essay in the first place is a literary appreciation of Robert Penn Warren's poetry, and of a quality permitting us to think the poet is lucky in having found his exegete so soon. But Mr. Southard in the course of his exegesis, and Mr. Adorno immediately, embark upon the same topic, and it is one that has a great urgency for us: the unhappy human condition that has risen under the modern economy, and the question of whether religion and art can do anything about it. It is true that the writers do not have quite the same diagnosis of this condition, but it will be noticed that they make cross-references to each other unknowingly. Mr. Adorno is evidently for collectivism in politics, but not with all the potential ferocity of a partisan, i. e., fanatically. His social ideal has

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