Rhetoric Fascism Democracy Second World War Post-war Britain
Lawrence and Wishart
ADAMS, M.S., 2015. To hell with culture: Fascism, rhetoric, and the war for democracy. Anarchist Studies, 23(2), pp. 18-37.
To Hell With Culture was Herbert Read’s most concise exposition of his aesthetic
politics, but it was a work moulded by the particular context in which he wrote.
Starting life as a contribution to a series of pamphlets pondering the shape of Britain
in the aftermath of the Second World War, Read drew on a deep reading of socialist
intellectual history to plot a new, radical path for democracy. His text was a necessary
utopia, presenting an outcry against the cultural barbarities of both the capitalist
and totalitarian superpowers, and entering a battle of ideas to determine the shape of
This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Anarchist Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/anarchist-studies/23-2/to-hell-with-culture-fascism-rhetoric-and-war-for-democracy