Speaking Event: After the Massacre in Newtown: Social Insanity in America - Causes & Solutions

When & Where
Alameda Free Library
1515 Oak Street
Alameda, CA
February 9, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
510 814 9592

In 1955, the well-known psychoanalyst, Erich Fromm, who combined Marxism and democratic socialism with Freudian psychoanalysis, wrote a brilliant and widely-read book about THE SANE SOCIETY.  It was a sequel to his book ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM which analyzed the social-psychological roots of the appeal of authoritarianism as manifested in fascist and Stalinist movements in the 1930s.  Now we see the same phenomenon in the rightward drift of American society where torture, assassination and drone warfare have become "the new normal" in the "war against terror."   By such means and with such objectives democracy and freedom are being destroyed - providing the context of horrible acts of irrational violence against innocent children such as those at Newtown, and in other acts of violence performed with assault weapons designed for mass murder in war.

Writer and teacher, Dr. Richard Lichtman, carries on in the tradition of Erich Fromm.  He writes that "there is no adequate title for these remarks.  The structure of American society is more and more divided between those socio-economic systems of power that dominate and accumulate wealth, and fragmented, competitive, despairing and violently hopeless masses of individuals who can sense the loss of meaning in their lives.  This country is more and more a self-inflicted wound, a wound that is continually rotting and producing a grotesque attraction to death."

Is there an alternative?  Can we create The Sane Society?  NOW.  Before it is too late? Audience discussion following the talk.

Come at 6:30 to snack and socialize--bring something to share.
Donations at the door; No one turned away; Wheelchair accessible