As a solution to supposed anxieties of freedom which led to Fascism, Fromm spoke of the need for “relatedness,” “spontaneity,” and “self-realization” in a productive society of abundance. Implicit here is the suggestion that Fascism sprang neither from the rigors of class war nor the dread of spiritual alienation but merely from the familiar malady of poor social institutions and personal relationships. Like so many other scholars of the time, Fromm was obviously more interested in expounding a cure for Fascism than in examining with precision all its complex causes. But his message of humane social engineering was one which American liberals could readily understand. Whatever maybe the ultimate validity of his highly impressionistic Escape from Freedom, Fromm managed the remarkable, if unconvincing , feat of translating Dostoevski’s anxieties into Dewey’s aspirations.
The wages of Sin. An Excoriation (not.)
“It is amazing what great amounts of people will do when the are fueled by envy, jealousy, and hunger. Like Esau in the Bible they will sell their spiritual birthrights for satisfying of the flesh.” Adolf Hitler is probably one of the finest examples of a heretic when on a national scale he and his nationalist party turned their “hatred of Christians and Jews into a rallying cry for war!” Dean Neff Jr.
Perhaps the complete antidote is given in this chapter from the Bible,”But the natural man (secular) receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:15-16). And again in chapter 12:6-8 Romans. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith: Our ministry, let us practice our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; he that exorteth,on exortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity.”