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Political Theory 2-Introduction 22/01/2008 12:12:00 Political Theory in ACTION—not interpret but CHANGE Malcolm X edition with forward by daughter Erich Fromm, preface and pages 1-131, 153-169, 199-201 (new edition)  older copy has all the right pages and larger font Schools of thought: realists (Freud), idealists (Marx), reformists (Arendt) Misogyny: the hatred of women; “Politics and Misogyny” (Bob Herbert) Nobody addresses misogyny today in politics Marx: Blame the System Because the system is patriarchal, it needs to be replaced by a new system  “each according to his abilities, each according to their needs.”  Each needs  to fulfill their capacity Those with a high EQ (and IQ) need to rule The system which allows violence must be overturned Follow the money     —economics determinism, it is at the base off all other  decisions, so blame the economic system Retaliatory violence from the oppressed is understandable and legitimate, so  must forcibly overthrow the violent ruling class Marx early on challenged the patriarchy and advocated women’s rights Freud: Blame the Self It is not possible to change the system; Marx’s thoughts are just a fairy tale;  Thought Nazism a representation of the human nature of aggression; homo  homini lupus: man is a wolf to man Passions rule, not reason; aggression rules Liberation from fear or anxiety found in psychoanalysis; don’t fight but flea to  analysis, Follow the Lust
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Education doesn't prepare students for the sexual aggression they will  encounter Reformists: Blame the particular situation; Milgram or Arendt It will get better, history will get better With a correct behavioral modification we can lessen the violence, the  misogyny, Follow the Context Economic or psychological determinism is not accurate Milgram: Obedience to Authority (book and film), how could they willingly  inflict pain on others? Are they twisted brutal sadistic monsters? Arendt’s  “banality of evil” is what made them shock subject Ordinary people following the will of their culture can become the agents of a  destructive process; culture is to blame P. 71: Arendt on Eichmann’s trial “except for an extraordinary diligence in  looking out for his own advancement he had no motives…. It was mere  thoughtlessness that drove him” It is not beyond us to be thoughtful, it is not beyond us to create a world with  less violence There are saner cultures
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22/01/2008 12:12:00 Malcolm X!
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“Blame the economic system” 22/01/2008 12:12:00 No one emphasized economics before Marx
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