Quotes and Excerpts

Institution for Authority Research

Two Roads: Didactic or Dialectic and their praxis

To obey or to circumvent?—that is the question.

by Dean Gotcher  -  December 17, 2008

See the whole article here

“. . .we will inevitably find ourselves moving toward the chosen goal, and probably thinking that we ourselves desired it. …it appears that some form of completely controlled society … is coming.” Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person

Two books, Eros and Civilization, by Herbert Marcuse and Life against Death, by Norman O. Brown, are known as the bibles of the 60's. They go into great detail explaining the theory and practice of sensitivity training. Both men sought to justify the synthesis of Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx, i.e. socio-psychology. For example, Freud, according to Marcuse, saw the same relationship between the individual and society as did Marx. Marx wrote:

“It is not individualism that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him.....” Source: Phil Worts presentation on COPS.

Freud, wrote: “Individual psychology is thus in itself group psychology ... the individual ... is an archaic identity with the species.” “This archaic heritage bridges the ‘gap between individual and mass psychology.’” (Freud, Moses and Monotheism in Marcuse) ... Since it is built upon Marx and Freud, socio-psychology propagandized their secular conviction, religiously....

At the heart of the profession of socio-psychology is the conquest of religion (objectification—any authority above man, demanding trust and obedience).... Karl Marx wrote:

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

“The critique of religion is the prerequisite of every critique.”

“The critique of religion ends with the categorical imperative to overthrow all conditions in which man is a debased, enslaved, neglected, contemptible being.”

 “The critique of religion ends in the doctrine that man is the supreme being for man;”

In his book, The Future of an Illusion, Freud "...praised science and scientific reason as the great liberating antagonist of religion.” (Marcuse)

Sense experience must be the basis of all science. Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience, in the two forms of sense perception and sensuous need, that is, only when it proceeds from Nature.” ...

Abraham Maslow Maslow on Management:

 “Neither the Bible nor the prophets – neither Freud nor research – neither the revelations of God nor man – can take precedence over my own direct experience. Experience is, for me, the highest authority.”

The best place to go to understanding the dialectical process is Genesis 3:1-6. Sensitivity training is the Garden in Eden experience, the dialectical imagination, in praxis. Both authors, Marcuse and Brown, testify to the use of this diabolical praxis in the garden in Eden:

“If the guilt accumulated in the civilized domination of man by man can ever be redeemed by freedom [freedom from a patriarchal family and a patriarchal God], then the ‘original sin’ must be committed again: ‘We must again eat from the tree of knowledge in order to fall back into the state of innocence.” (Marcuse)

“To experience Freud is to partake a second time of the forbidden fruit; and this book cannot without sinning communicate that experience to the reader." (Brown)

That was the message of  Pullman's "Golden Compass" also. See  The upside-down world of the "Golden Compass" -- Where Bad is Good, and God is banned and The mystical science of the Golden Compass

Erick Fromm, in his book You Shall Be As Gods, wrote:

“In the process of history man gives birth to himself. He becomes what he potentially is, and he attains what the serpent—the symbol of wisdom and rebellion—promised, and what the patriarchal, jealous God of Adam did not wish: that man would become like God himself.” (p. 123)

God flooded the world with water because of this praxis. This praxis is back. It is even in the church (the Apostate church). God's judgment is coming again, but this time it will be by fire....

Marcuse wrote Eros and Civilization to legitimize Freud's dream of an un-repressed civilization, a civilization no longer under Godly restraint, no longer under "domination," a condition Marx labeled as repression, alienation, and reification, caused by the "opiate," religion....

Fromm was a member of the The Institute of Social Research, a Marxist organization which came to the United States of America in the early 30's (read their history up to the 50's in Martin Jay's book The Dialectical Immagination). He wrote his book, Escape from Freedom, about the German people's unwillingness to continue on into what is called by some today "group think." When they had rejected believing in a God above they, keeping the same patriarchal paradigm in place, replaced him with a man [Hitler] below, replacing a spiritual patriarch with a temporal patriarch, and "escaped" their "freedom" from a patriarchal paradigm, they refused to do a "paradigm shift." It is in an environment of chaos, confusion, and aloneness people have to be helped out of their patriarchal (fascist) paradigm, of course they must be helped by those who praxis the diabolical dialectical process. He wrote:

 “We are proud that in his conduct of life man has become free from external authorities, which tell him what to do and what not to do.”

“Man is free from all ties binding him to spiritual authorities, but this very freedom leaves him alone and anxious, overwhelms him with a feeling of his own individual insignificance and powerlessness.” Erich Fromm Escape from Freedom

“Freud, Hegel, and Nietzsche are, like Marx, compelled to postulate external domination and its assertion by force in order to explain repression.... Therefore the question confronting mankind is the abolition of repression – in traditional Christian language, the resurrection of the body. The resurrection of the body is a social project.” Brown Life against Death

The Dialectic

According to the teachings of methodology in social sciences, the acquisition of one kind of knowledge springs from the dialectical relationship between new information (stimulus) and the total of already existing knowledge; the incorporation, that is, of new knowledge results from the intellectual clash of the new with the old....

Karl Marx defined the dialectical process: “In the eyes of dialectical philosophy, nothing is established for all times, nothing is absolute or sacred.”

Marx, according to the Marxist, Antonio Gramsci, truth is to be found in "a moment in correct praxis [in the "group hug," consensus experience]." Therefore, all is uncertainty. To arrive at any sense of order for the moment, an inductive analysis of the situation must be conducted. Any act of deductive reasoning, any evaluation of the current situation from an a priori, any statement of certainty, any truth which causes group division, must be treated as an opinion, or else domination, repression, and objectification continues to exist. Absolute truth must be treated as a theory, as an opinion, [“The scientific study of ideology can only be made on the basis of theory (treat every truth as an opinion).” (Adorno)

[In contrast]...a theory, "group think," and opinion must be treated with respect as a fact, otherwise the group can not "think," it can not innovate, it can not change. Ironically this very thinking would negate its own self, something liberals have a difficulty understanding. Anytime you bring a liberal to an absolute truth, they always accuse you of being argumentative and not worth listening to.... Their ears are trained to listen for compromise, compromise which makes everyone "feel" good (dialectical praxis). They have been re-educated (term used for brainwashed in Communist countries) on how to listen for the truth which divides (didactic praxis), and on how to neutralize, marginalize and eradicate those who praxis it. They are listening to "mother earth" below while a believer is listening to God above.

Martin Luther King Jr. explained the dialectic this way: “The philosopher Hegel said that truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in an emerging synthesis which reconciles the two.” Strength to Love.

Absolute truth is always formal, not swayed by feelings. It is always logical. It may not make sense in the moment, but at the end of the day or life, with all evidence present, it will make sense....

The issue was not to disobey God or parent, which would simply leave God and the parent in a position of authority and the guilty conscience intact, it was necessary to both negate the authority figure (praxis patricide) as well as to negate the conscience (treat all ideals as theory), making the authority figure and his commands immaterial (non-sense...) and therefore irrelevant in the light of the changing times, the "felt" needs of the moment.

In the UN document, Tensions That Cause War, there is presented the case for informal, face to face meetings, where it is known that all who represent their country automatically sacrifice their nation's sovereignty for the representatives personal "felt" needs of the moment. Thus the nation's sovereignty is negated in the informal, face to face praxis. This environment is treasonous to a patriarchal paradigm. "Evil company corrupts good morals." Evil is no longer defined by standards above a man but now is found in man's behavior toward man.

Any standard which divides man, i.e. any standard above man, any standard above "we think" is perceived as evil. "Human evil is an acquired or reactive kind of response to bad treatment ... [having to obey God or parent against one's carnal desires]. At least this is what the Third Force psychologists generally agree upon." [Abraham Maslow Maslow on Management Negation]....

If the praxis of synthesis—consensus—can be "justified" in the moment, the praxis of antithesis—obedience/disobedience—is "circumvented."

The key to the dialectic's success is the praxis of "circumvention"—"Bypassing the traditional channels of top-down decision making ..." Irvin Laszlo A Strategy for the Future: The Systems Approach to World Order

This is a common practice (praxis) used by parents today, who, instead of chastening their child when their child seeks (lusts) after things forbidden, redirect their child's energy, leaving Eros in place, simply redirecting it to some "useful" or at least "harmless" outcome. The children then learn that as long as Eros is rational or practical it is acceptable behavior, that an emerging synthesis (discursive reason with self and others) of one's desire for Eros and the "moral" implications toward others. What is good and what is evil in the group's (the village's) eyes, through consensus, is where "truth" is actualized.

..."the bypassing... top-down decision making" is Satan's paradigm in the Garden in Eden. ... It is clear to see the cause of the problems of our culture, including the "contemporary" Church. It is the road, the pathway of pleasure (group approval—the dopamine moment) it has chosen. It has chosen the pathway of questioning authority (evaluating authority's commands, God's word, through group feelings: how others feel, and what they think about God and his word) while seeking to maintain personal Eros and actualize the pleasure of group approval. It has rejected the pathway of righteousness found in God and his word alone.

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:3

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name [Jesus Christ of Nazareth] under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12 (Obedience to authority, Agape, endurance and suffering)

"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11.

"For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." (Jeremiah 2:13

"But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: ... For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world," 2 Corinthians 1:9, 12

Some of my sources: All scriptures from the King James Authorized Bible (which labels me as a traditionalist.)

(Adorno)       Theodor Adorno  The Authoritarian Personality 
(Bronner)      Stephen Eric Bronner Of Critical Theory and Its Theorists
(Brown)        Norman O. Brown Life Against Death
                     James Coleman  The Adolescent Society
                     Erich Fromm Escape from Freedom
(Marcuse)     Herbert Marcuse Eros and Civilization, 1955

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2007


Home - ChartsDeceived by the Dialectic Process