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Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda
Written in 1951, this essay systematizes Theodore Adorno's extensive work in the 1940s, informed by psychoanalysis, on the mass psychological base of fascism. It is important for us because it asks for the socio-psychological conditions of the possibility (and also the limits) of modern authoritarian states. The essay further demonstrates the interrelationship of the Frank ...more
1982 Edition, 21 pages
Published by The Essential Frankfurt School Reader
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