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Erich Fromm

On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying "NO" to Power

€11,95

In On Disobedience, Erich Fromm writes that the authoritarian dictatorships of the 20th century produced an "organization man" to follow directives blindly, no matter how abhorrent. At the same time, a kind of conformity has arisen in western democracies, only brought about by more subtle means of massive consumerism. In democracies, where the power to implement irreversible destruction rests in the hands of the few, the individual also needs to retain his ability to dissent and to speak "no" to those in power.

In the face of these conformist pressures in whichever form they take, modern man must seek an authentic expression in order to retain his deepest sense of self. Fromm sees both capitalism and totalitarian communism moving toward a life-denying industrial bureaucracy, and berates the one system for ignoring, the other for betraying, the ideals of a true humanistic socialism in which people take precedence over things, life over property, and work over capital.

As timely today as when it was first published, On Disobedience is a significant work of the 20th century that generations of readers will turn to for inspiration.

Format: Paperback
Published: in USA in 2019
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages: 89
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780062930835
ISBN 10: 0062930834

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On Disobedience: Why Freedom Means Saying "NO" to Power

€11,95