04 August 2004

Today's quote

Like so many quotes I enjoy, it's the understated affirmation of the obvious at the end that makes this one sing.
On the surface layer of his personality the average man is reserved, polite, compassionate, responsible, conscientious. There would be no social tragedy of the human animal if this surface layer of the personality were in direct contact with the deep natural core. This, unfortunately, is not the case.

Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism

For those who don't know, Reich's Fascism is one of the great crackpot books of all time. Which is not to say that it isn't right.

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