German Thought

Freud

Retail therapy. Modern psychoanalysis fits in with a capitalist society and very poorly with other systems. 1. Unpleasant events is one category like bad childhood memories and the other is repressing desires we don’t allow ourselves to act upon. 2. 3 religious germ: all religious thought comes from a longing for a father figure in […]

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Freud with Wolf Man

Freud assumed all childhood memories are essentially screen memories, which modern neuroscience agrees with. We screen lots of memories, and quite often history as well. A memorial for the civil war will screen the war for its good aspects, and not things we don’t want to exemplify. Freud picked up Nietzsches theory that we should […]

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Freud on Neuorothesnia

Freud’s most famous study is the case of Dora, which is long and tedious and constantly harps on female hysteria. We’ll read Wolf Man, one of his most interesting case studies, a Russian who was successfully treated by Freud. He lived until 1979. Freuds home is a major tourist attraction, office 3-4. Born in Freiburg, […]

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Intro to Freud

Freud had a number of theories, though many are disregarded today. He invented repression, regression, defense mechanisms, ‘two drive theory’ of sexual and death drives, eros and tanatos, psychosexual development was imperative for proper human growth. He was rejected by society because people didn’t like that incest and poor family upbringing as the explanation for […]

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Overman, Morality of Nietzche

Aphorisms are Nietzsche’s favorite genre, a simple, crystalline thought captured In a poetic corpuscle. When N grew insane, he wrote a few megalomaniac books, “Why I am such a good writer.” Overman, superman, uberman, person of higher value. Zarathustra suggests Overman is pensive, thoughtful. He annihilates morality, a weak concept. Overman doesn’t evolve, but by […]

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Questions on Communist Manifesto

2. The bourgeoisie revolted against the aristocracy in order to defeat feudalism. 3. Capitalism eradicated many things, every value system that had been prior to capitalisam. It undermined family structures, town associations and so forth that were prevalent in feudalism. Capitalism doesn’t care about the churches or the divine right of the king. 4. Improvement […]

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Marx on the Jewish Question

The Jewish Question was the issue of Jewish emancipation in Germany. Napoleon’s victory inspired the Jews to keep on fighting for rights. Marx himself was Jewish but he rejected the culture with bias. His family was very influential in the town he hailed from. Herschel was a lawyer for nine years, and after napoleons defeat […]

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Surplus and Slave Labor

A capitalist system starts with money and with labor power, means of production, and technology to produce a commodity. The capitalist then must sell the commodity and gains a surplus value. Where that surplus comes from is the enigma of capitalism. Marx thought the surplus came from the laborer. The process starts again through a […]

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The Fetishism of Capitalism

Socialist realism is government sponsored art where the workers are immersed and identified with their work, usually in groups. Guilds have a master-artisan relationship, usually patriarchrial. Manufacture is impersonal, distributed labor, usually run by a businessman, not a craftsman. Work is divided among laborers greatly and each worker is only proficient in one single regard. […]

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Further Intro to Marx

In 1919 Lenin was giving frequent lectures on communist and socialist theories, so one might expect him to suggest Marx as a reading, but he never did. It didn’t seem the Soviet Union could industrialize himself so easily because it was a sparse nation of farmers mostly. Kiner, a German author, wrote of the mechanization […]

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Introduction to Marx

Today Marx elicits thoughts of communism, Lenin, Soviet Union, Bolsheviks, etc. Marx tried to distance himself from Lenin profusely. Marx ironically always claimed NOT to be a Marxist. Orthodox communism in china and Cuba and NK persist. KGB or similar like has to enforce communist orthodoxy, 1 in 7 east Germans collaborated with police. Economic […]

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