Volume 16, Issue 3/4, 2006
Virtual University of Dialogue and Universalism
Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal
Mystical Anarchism in Russia and the United States
This article focuses on the “remarkable parallels” between the mystical anarchism formulated by Viacheslav Ivanov and Georgii Chulkov during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the ideas championed by Norman O. Brown, an American professor who became a guru of the 1960s. The article describes these parallels and accounts for their existence in societies that were polar opposites in other respects. Emphasis is placed on the loss of faith in an ideal and on the importance, to all three writers, of Nietzsche and Christianity.