The Fear of Freedom, Paperback Book
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Erich Fromm sees right to the heart of our contradictory needs for community and for freedom like no other writer before or since.

In Fear of Freedom, Fromm warns that the price of community is indeed high, and it is the individual who pays.

Fascism and authoritarianism may seem like receding shadows for some, but are cruel realities for many.

Erich Fromm leaves a valuable and original legacy to his readers - a vastly increased understanding of the human character in relation to society.

At the beginning of the 21st century, it is more important than ever to be aware of his powerful message.

Listen, and take heed.


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Fantastic analysis, I love Fromm. " conforming with the expectations of other...the price paid is high. Giving up spontaneity and individuality results in a thwarting of life. Psychologically the automaton, while being alive biologically, is dead emotionally and mentally". "One kind of smokescreen is the assertion that the problems are too complicated for the average individual to grasp. On the contrary it would seem that many of the basic issues of individual and social life are very simple, so simple in fact that everyone should be expected to understand them"..."Cynicism and naiveté are very typical of the modern individual. Its essential result is to discourage from thinking and deciding".

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