Against the Grain

Against the Grain – December 10, 2003

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What happens to human motivations, values and desires in capitalist societies? What attitudes and beliefs arise that help to perpetuate commodity-dominated systems? Both Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud were interested in the unconscious; can any of the latter’s insights be integrated into Marxist theory? Social theorist Richard Lichtman has devoted years of research to such questions.