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Fromm and the Social Character

Quotes from Erich Fromm’s The Fear of Freedom about social character.

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More Fromm…

Men work together. Thousands Stream into the industrial plants and offices—they come in cars, and subways, in buses, in trains—they work together, according to a rhythm measured by the experts, with methods worked out by experts, not too fast, not too slow, but together; each a part of the whole…. Produce, consume, enjoy together, in […]

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Fromm: Maturity and Mental Health

Erich Fromm, writing about different views on maturity and mental health in his book The Sane Society, has this to say about the popular view in the West: The concept of “maturity” and “mental health” in this view, corresponds to the desirable attitude of a worker or employee in industry or business. To give one […]

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Chomsky on Brand Obama

The goal of advertising is to create uninformed consumers who will make irrational choices. Those of you who suffered through an economics course know that markets are supposed to be based on informed consumers making rational choices. But industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year to undermine markets … to get uninformed consumers […]

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Ideological Discipline

Ideology is thought that justifies action, including routine day-to-day activity. It is your ideology that determines your gut reaction to something done… More importantly, your ideology justifies your own actions to yourself. Economics may bring you back to your employer day after day, but it is ideology that makes that activity feel like a reasonable […]

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