I spent a good portion of my Saturday shelling nuts and listening to lectures.
This one is a piece that most of you can benefit from. This comes from Theodore Dalyrymple, author and chronicler of the decline of Britain in publications like Taki’s Magazine and the Telegraph.
Although today, you might think that Freud’s ideas are not in wide use, you would be mistaken. Freud and the psycho-cults which he inspired continue to have enormous influence on social mores, the practice of religion in America, and the course of professional medicine. Americans often speak in the language of Freud without knowing precisely where it comes from.
In rejecting the politics of the 20th century, it’s also critical to reject the false ideas at the core of those political developments. In the acute case of Freud, these ideas are likely to have had corrosive effects on your personal and social life. Marx is not that personal unless your family lived under Soviet or Maoist rule — but Freud has been much more corrosive and insidious.
It’s not even possible to begin to address the influence of the Frankfurt School, for example, on the course of the West without also tackling the baleful influence of Freud. Marxian ideas starved, tortured, & riddled bodies with bullets. Freud warped minds and spirits in more insidious ways.
Have you read Rieff’s “Triumph of the Therapeutic”?
If you’re at all interested in this, it’s a must read. Even just the general introduction — before he gets into a deeper analysis of Freud — is self-contained and stellar.
No — I will check it out.
I ordered this, by the way.
You won’t regret it. I’m assuming it as the ISI press version, only one I’ve seen in print.
Their book club (I think you get 40% off or something) is really a tremendous deal. Books by Anthony Esolen, Nisbet, Weaver, really great Old Right-type stuff for next to nothing.
I would add Kinsey’s defence of paedophilia, he was “inspired” by Freud. http://www.cwfa.org/images/content/kinsey-women_11_03.pdf