[Susan] “Sontag, who thought of herself as a displaced European suffering among philistine Americans, echoed Randolph Bourne in asserting that “intelligence” was “really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.” And the “new aristocrats of taste” were those led by homosexual men who saw that comic books, popular art, and pornography, viewed with the right spirit of irony and mischief, were an extension of the new sensibility that swap “life as theatre.” In this victory of style over content and aesthetics over morality, Sontag defined the emerging ethos of the 60s. The middlebrow menace was banished to the sidelines.” ─ The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 114.
“Substantively, as opposed to stylistically, there was no New Left. The old left’s delusions about the USSR were replaced by new delusions about Third World dictators such as Castro, Nkrumah, and Nasser. The underlying utopian tropes of the old left were refurbished not replaced. Utopian fantasies about eliminating private property were supplemented with utopian fantasies about free love and polymorphic perversity.” ─The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 117.