Tuesday, December 20, 2005

dada blogger Hugo Ball 1915

Hugo Ball (1886-1927)

(pre-blog diary, 1915)

Flight Out of Time, A Dada Diary by Hugo Ball.

(Edited and with an introduction by John Elderfield, University of California Press, 1995, p. 19, 20.).


Anarchy is attributable to the overstraining or corruption of the idea of the state. It will show itself most clearly where individuals or classes have grown up in idyllic circumstances, with close ties to nature or religion, and are then kept under strict political lock and key.

The superiority of such individuals to the constructions and mechanisms of a modern monster-state is obvious.

...they have been rural creatures, opposed to [conventional] society.

The anarchists see the state only as a monster, and perhaps there is no other kind of state today.

If this state gives itself or bases itself on metaphysical airs, while its economic and moral practices are in flagrant contradiction to this, it is quite understandable that an uncorrupted man should boil with rage.

The theory of unconditional destruction of state metaphysics can turn into a question of personal propriety and of a sensitive feeling for authenticity and attitude.

The anarchistic theories reveal the formalistically disguised decadence of our time. Metaphysics appears to be a mimicry that the modern citizen makes use of, like a hungry caterpillar, to devastate the entire culture from the protection of the overhanging (newspaper) leaves.

As a theory of the unity and solidarity of total humanity, anarchism is a belief in the universal, natural, divine childhood, a belief that an unconstrained world will produce the maximum yield.

Allowing for the moral confusion and catastrophic destruction that centralizing systems and systematized work have caused everywhere, no sensible man will reject the idea that a South Sea community, lazing or working in primitive natural conditions, is superior to our vaunted civilization.


As long as naturalism and its quintessence, the machine, continue to make progress, anarchism will be an ideal for the catacombs and for members of an order, but not for the masses, however interested and influenced they are and presumably will remain.