Written by E. Michael Jones. Following up his best selling books Degenerate Moderns and Dionysos Rising, E. Michael Jones completes the trilogy as he reveals how modern architecture arose out of the disordered lives of its creators, who catered to the new needs of modern man as a sexual nomad, who would have no need for home or family, no need to be rooted in a particular time or place or family or soil or culture. Living Machines explains where that vision came from, where it led, and why it ultimately failed.
"A fascinating analysis of the philosophical underpinnings and implications of the Bauhaus movement in architecture ... He shows how the atheism of Bauhaus (or International) Style assumes the supremacy of the group, and rejects both nature and smaller units, such as the individual or family. ... This scintillating book is the third in Jones's trilogy of cultural analyses."
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"Starting with the seminal figure of Walter Gropius, indisputably one of the luminaries of 20th century architecture, Jones develops an intriguing argument detailing how the distortion in the soul of one man has had an impact on the architecture of an entire world. ... The modern tendency to separate the personal from the professional might lead one to ask what relevance Gropius' morally disordered life has for modern architecture. ... Jones's central concern is to demonstrate the relationship between the man and the architecture; ... The rejections of the traditional family, monogamy, and fidelity were concomitant with the rejection of the traditional family house. ... The realization that our built environment has been so carefully engineered by those with ideas so antithetical to our own may come as quite a shock to the average American Catholic. This is precisely the value of Jones's book. ... Living Machines is a valuable, approachable and engaging diagnosis showing where we went wrong."
Steven Schloeder, Catholic World Report.
"I am not in total sympathy with this resurgence of Neomod which I find, at its worst, bone-chilling, like green hair and blue lipstick and suicide comitted in style. Like E. Michael Jones, I feel it harbors deep nihilism - hardly the mood for the millennium."
Christopher Thomas, Commonweal
"… highly acclaimed trilogy on modernity: Degenerate Modems, Dionysos Rising, and Living Machines."