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  •  This was addressed in 1936 (4+ / 0-)
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    Wilhelm Reich, a practitioner of the new psychological treatment methodology and a contemporary of Freud and Jung, wrote a book in 1936, "The Psychopathology of Fascism."  

    This was probably the first time anyone looked at the prospect that an entire culture could develop a pathology.  

    This caused it to be necessary for him to emigrate to the US.  

    Interestingly, Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, realized that this was a great insight and that he could make money by using it.  So he moved to New York and set about convincing American leaders to adopt the new discipline he called Public Relations.  Madison Avenue was founded on this, and it became central to the conversion of the WWII economy into a consumer economy.  

    Mix in a lot of ruthless interests hoping to keep consumerism going full blast, trying to keep the public mind off of things like the dwindling worldwide oil supply and global climate change, and the confusion over what is or is not real this produces in people and it is no wonder people are losing their minds.  

    Media culture has some crazy making features.  Part of the culture is probably insane.  Which part?

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 10:28:26 PM PST

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