Sunday, August 14, 2011

1958 interview with Erich Fromm

A profoundly thought-provoking interview from 1958 with pyschologist and philosopher Erich Fromm, that is even more relevant today than it was five decades ago. Mike Wallace plays the role of the devil's advocate to near-perfection, and in doing so he provokes a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation. 

"We have turned means into ends."

In that one sentence, Fromm summed up what is wrong with modern Western society, then and now. He also made the key point that socialism is not Soviet totalitarianism, which is still how it's portrayed by most right-wing American politicians today.

Paul Kimball

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