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The Maze of the Holy Grail

Posted by: Quincunx on September 30, 1999 at 10:36:35:

In Reply to: Jung's politics posted by Chuck on September 29, 1999 at 14:07:32:

c: The fact that Jung thought the communal ideal, by stressing the collective and social qualities of the individual, put a premium on the lowest common denominator, on mediocrity, and "on everything that settles down to vegetate in an easy, irresponsible way," (Two Essays, volume 7, p. 150, and "A Study in the Process of Individuation," volume 9, part 1, p.349), and the fact that he thought communism was impossible without dictatorship (see "Jung and Politics" by Volodymyr Walter Odanjnyk, part 4, p.52) seem to make Jung a liberal in the classical sense. Is this wrong?

Qx: No, not really. He wasn't very politically minded but people can get an idea of where his political thinking may have gone by looking at the last sentence in "Letter to Mishmar" in Symbols of Transformation, volume 5. Keep in mind that Richard Noll heartily condemns his friendship with Otto Gross in his two books. I've taken on Noll via a Jungian e-list about two years ago and he simply dodged my questions. Obviously he didn't want to talk about anarchism.

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