I'm still reading this article. It's fascinating, especially the part about capitalism and democracy being contradictory ideas.<quoted text>The Violent Disorder of Our Public Mind
Freud knew as much when he asked at the conclusion of Civilization and its Discontents:
would not the diagnosis be justified that many systems of civilization - or epochs of it - possibly even the whole of humanity - have become "neurotic" under the pressure of civilizing trends?
Nevertheless, it is true that in our time the term "insanity" tends to refer to a private malady. We lack an appropriate term for disorders of the public mind for the fundamental reason that we lack any notion of the "public mind" itself. And the reason for this disappearance is not that the phenomenon itself has ceased to exist but that public consciousness has become so fragmented and atomic that this collective form of consciousness tends to lack self-awareness. But this dissolution is itself the very form of public consciousness that is so important for us to grasp.
Thanks for sharing this.