Eros and Civilization (A Love Story)

IN-DEPTH VIDEOS, 10 Sep 2018

Herbert Marcuse | Thomas Altfather Good – TRANSCEND Media Service

A presentation by Thomas Altfather Good based on the book by Herbert Marcuse.

According to Freud, humans denied their basic impulses in order to build a civilization. They traded happiness for security and it was, by and large, a fair exchange. Freud called this the Reality Principle. Herbert Marcuse argued that a ruling elite has exploited the Reality Principle for personal gain, gradually constructing a stratified society based on the “logic of domination” — the masses are rewarded for their servitude with a relative affluence. Marcuse called the system of exploitation and (marginal) compensation the Performance Principle. Marcuse believed it is a trap, a prison. He argued that the ideology of the elite, the Performance Principle itself, must be exposed — and overcome.

 

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