Friday, June 13, 2014


During the Cliven Bundy episode of extremist individualism, I was wondering whether Freud might have discussed these people in Civilization and Its Discontents and I think this passage may be relevant (p. 17):
The desire for freedom that makes itself felt in a human community may be a revolt against some existing injustice and so may prove favorable to a further development of civilization and remain compatible with it. But it may also have its origin in the primitive roots of the personality, still unfettered by civilizing influences, and so become a source of antagonism to culture. Thus the cry for freedom is directed either against particular forms or demands of culture or else against culture itself.

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