Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm

By Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm's bestselling 1941 debut, approximately freedom and authoritarianism, is as proper this present day as whilst it used to be first released. The pursuit of freedom has indelibly marked Western tradition for the reason that Renaissance humanism and Protestantism begun the struggle for individualism and self-determination. This freedom, besides the fact that, could make humans suppose unmoored, and is frequently observed via emotions of isolation, worry, and the lack of self, all resulting in a hope for authoritarianism, conformity, or destructiveness. it isn't purely the query of freedom that makes Fromm's debut booklet a undying vintage. during this exam of the roots of Nazism and fascism in Europe, Fromm additionally explains how monetary and social constraints may also result in authoritarianism. This publication beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm together with infrequent photos and never-before-seen records from the author's property.


“An research par excellence of our cultural neurosis.” —The Nation

“An very important and demanding work.” —New York usher in Tribune

“Fromm’s concept benefits the severe cognizance of all keen on the human and its future.” —The Washington put up

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To Hume, deductive reasoning and empirical knowledge about causation were important instruments in choosing the best or most e≈cient means to our ends or goals. But in choosing the moral or ethical goals we actually pursue, we are driven, Hume argued, not by reason but by the power of our feelings and passions. IS PURE REASON ENOUGH? To some the observation that we are driven not by our reason but by our feelings, emotions, passions—call them 32 Is Political Equality Achievable? what you will—may seem so self-evident that it needs no demonstration.

Although James Mill himself was opposed to violence as a means to bring about change, ‘‘Since Mill wished to achieve fundamental reforms without violence, it became necessary to de44 A Respectable Role for Emotions vise means by which an oligarchy would be led to grant concessions out of self-interest. . ’ Since the use of physical force was to be avoided, Mill built his hopes on the second alternative . . Mill was proposing that revolution be threatened. ’’π The Reform Act of 1832, which Mill helped thereby to bring about, was the first of a series of su√rage reforms that would finally culminate with universal adult su√rage.

Changes in law and policy follow. As with the foothold in the House of Commons gained by the middle classes in Britain after 1832, so, too, in the United States after 1965: African Americans seized their opportunities to vote—and among other actions soon tossed out the elected police o≈cials who had violently enforced their earlier subordination. So, too, in India: after the lower castes gained the franchise in a country with acceptably free and fair elections, they began to vote in substantial numbers for leaders who were committed to reducing discrimination against them.

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