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Erich Fromm
1900-1980 (Age at death: 80 approx.)

Erich Seligmann Fromm (March 23, 1900 - March 18, 1980) was an internationally renowned social psychologist, psychoanalyst, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist. He was associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School of critical theory.

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Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. "Patriotism" is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by "patriotism" I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one's own nation, which is the concern with the nation's spiritual as much as with its material welfare--never with its power over other nations. Just as love ...
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The pleasure in complete domination over another person (or other animate creature) is the very essence of the sadistic drive. Another way of formulating the same thought is to say that the aim of sadism is to transform a man into a thing, something animate into something inanimate, since by complete and absolute control the living loses one essential quality of life freedom



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Democracy is a system which created economic, cultural and political conditions for the full development of the individual. Fascism is a system which regardless which name makes the individual subordinate to extraneous purposes and weakens the development of genuine individuality
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Erich Fromm

The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.

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Erich Fromm

The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.

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The pleasure in complete domination over another person (or other animate creature) is the very essence of the sadistic drive. Another way of formulating the same thought is to say that the aim of sadism is to transform a man into a thing, something animate into something inanimate, since by complete and absolute control the living loses one essential quality of life — freedom

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