Tagged: freedom

Ayn Rand: “Atlas Shrugged.” John Galt’s Speech. 1957

Introduction Ayn Rands‘ philosophy is at the core of the American Right; it is an expression of strong libertarianism in support of capitalism and not the “compassionate conservatism” of the Bush Era. Her main book is “Atlas Shrugged,” 1957. In it, the hero, John Galt, makes a radio speech to the nation explaining the strike of the “producers” (Capitalists.) The speech reveals the philosophical mystery of the plot: Why are the most productive people leaving their work and disappearing from society? This speech provides a comprehensive introduction to Ayn Rand ‘s philosophy, but it is tailored to the events and characters of the...

Erich Fromm: Mechanisms of Escape from Freedom (1942)

The following passages are from Chapter V of [easyazon_link identifier=”0415253888″ locale=”US” tag=”mainacademicsite-20″]Fear of Freedom[/easyazon_link]Fear from Freedom. Erich Fromm explores and presents the psychological and social mechanisms that lead an individual to be afraid of freedom and to prefer to give it up. They appear as the tendency to be led by a “superior” power and/or to behave like a social automaton conforming to a role assigned to him by others or by circumstances. And there is also the drive to destructiveness (towards others or towards himself) when the feeling of powerlessness is overwhelming. It is interesting that in all of...