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The Sane Society by Erich Fromm
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Jul 23, 2011

This is still of interest not only for Fromm's views but for what is inadvertently revealed about shibboleths of the day (the 1950s), as when Fromm suggests that poverty will soon be a thing of the past in the US. A few years later, Michael Harrington's THE OTHER AMERICA would make nonsense of THAT notion. Also, this book was written at the height of the Great Comic Book Scare of the 50s, when violent comics (the "child porn" of the day) were accused of causing kids to run amok and commit all kinds of mayhem, and sure enough Fromm suggests comics should be regulated (how and by whom unspecified, of course). No doubt Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN), the Senate's chief comic-book investigator and the Tipper Gore of the day, read THAT section with approval. It's easy to carp about such dated statements but this book remains worth reading for what it says about Western society and its flaws.

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