Adolf Loos' Ornament and Crime holds a favourite ammunition of mine in defense of immateriality:
I have therefore evolved the following maxim, and pronounce it to the world: the evolution of culture marches with the elimination of ornament from useful objects.
How would I define what ornament is today? Ornament, a constant in decoration culture,...
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By Murray Bookchin
[Originally published in Bookchin’s newsletter Comment in 1964 and republished in the British monthly Anarchy in 1965.]
I am posting part of the essay/manifesto (it can be found here in full):
In almost every period since the Renaissance, the development of revolutionary thought has been heavily influenced by a branch...