excerpt from “Escape from Freedom” by Eric Fromm

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(Erich Fromm’s pen name being George Orwell)
from the chapter “Mechanisms of Escape”:
“The person who gives up his individual self and becomes an automaton, identical with millions of other automatons around him, need not feel alone and anxious any more. But the price he pays, however, is high; it is the loss of his self.”
And second, under the chapter, “Freedom and Democracy”:
“This loss of identity then makes it still more imperative to conform, it means that one can be sure of oneself only if one lives up to the expectations of others. If we do not live up to this picture, we not only risk disapproval and increased isolation, but we risk losing the identity of our personality, which means jeopardizing sanity.”
“… We must replace manipulation of men by active and intelligent co-operation, and expand the principle of government of the people, by the people, for the people, from the formal political to the economic sphere.”

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  1. I’m a student of freedom, and by extesnion take delight in observing how others imprison themselves. I read EFF in college.

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