17 thoughts on “Erich Fromm – Psychology of Nationalism (1962)

  1. Borders, boundaries and barriers are important. Pseudo-Marxists struggle with this simple observation.

  2. I follow a simple but powerful spirituality called Nichiren Buddhism whose study and practice can create the kind of courage that combats abuse of nationalism.Toda sensei and Makiguchi sensei were two practitioneers of this spirituality who combatted abuse of Japanese nationalism during world war 2.

  3. I’m glad we have these recordings to demonstrate what a pathetically inadequate understanding of Nationalists or Nationalism Fromm had outside of his own narcissistic perspective.

  4. Thank you for the post… "How pathetic indeed are the efforts of those leaders of human institutions who, in utter disregard of the spirit of the age, are striving to adjust national processes, suited to the ancient days of self-contained nations, to an age which must either achieve the unity of the world…" – Baha'i Faith

  5. wonder if he is saying babies feel themselves as one with everything, not separate, mother is part of them because they require her for survival just as we as humans require everything in our environment but we learn separateness through experience and time so love is the feeling developed to overcome that.

  6. psycho analysts have to be aware of how people regard them as inanse and that it is better explained by cognitive psychology. like clearly most of it is insane and reductionist with some wacky twist

  7. Fromm talks for a good while about the psychological meaning and underpinnings of narcissism, then explains how nationalism is a form of "group narcissism."  I can't help but think of the downfall of the left wing in American politics; for the longest time they have been pragmatists, but have warped into a tyrannical, narcissistic counterpart to the right wing.  Both sides are so engrossed  in their own "correctness" and "moral superiority" that they fail to engage in calm, public discourse. Who will be truly progressive and steer away from violence if not the more scientific and pragmatic political party?  Do we have to continue in this downward spiral of miscommunication and narcissism?  I know a lot of Critical Theorists like Fromm would say we're pretty much doomed, and if we don't start communicating like adults, I feel it's likely we'll prove them right.

  8. Here in Catalonia (Spain) we are suffering from This. Not only about our classical spanish "national-catholicism" nationalism, but for the last few years about a majoritarity sector of the so called "independents" who wants to separate Catalonia from the rest of Spain. Also at european levels there are rising again phantoms and ghosts from the past.

    I hope we could someday be able to see our differences as and act of enrichment and in the human diversity one of our strenghts as human beings. I thought we all had enough of these with the "short 20th century" …

    Patriotism (and nationalism) is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  9. Very relevant for today and will share…Although these enlightening things are usually like "preaching to the choir". The ones that need to hear it probably won't listen. Still we must try to educate, right? 🙂 Thank you for this.

  10. This is an important additional to YouTube, in light of the fraudulent presidential race between two immoral and rich parasites.

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