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*Pick a question or questions for the reflection.
How can you use Fromm to explain issues and problems in our contemporary society?
What do you think about his notion of escape mechanisms? Do you think they help explain human behavior?
How might Fromm’s work serve as a warning in regards to events that are presently unfolding in the United States?
Drawing from Fromm’s work, explain how one’s social class or religion might predispose them to seek comfort in authoritarianism.
- E. Lessing once wrote, even those who mock their chains are not always free. How might we interpret this as a critique of liberalism? Why does contemporary liberalism ignore, downplay, and often operate as if it is beyond addressing issues of power?
Why did conservatism, as a social movement, become so successful in the United States after World War II?