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[International] Erich Fromm’s Critical Psychology and Left Strategy Today

The world is in turmoil. Although Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, his aggressive spirit lives on. Global leaders meet at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to watch the planet burn. The U.S. Congress can’t even pass popular, much-needed socio-economic or environmental reforms.

Plus, the COVID-19 pandemic rages unchecked, in no small part due to the everyday capitalist exploitation of workers, not to mention resistance to vaccines and masks, as amplified by conspiracist, right-wing mass-media.

Given these dire circumstances, we believe that the Jewish German-American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (1900-1980) can equip us with profound insights for the struggle for a more egalitarian society.

Toward this end, we invite you to a one-day online conference on April 30, 2022, dedicated to reflecting on the importance of Erich Fromm’s critical and humanist social psychology for leftist strategy today.

We plan to use Zoom Webinar to cast the conference. Please stay tuned for more details.

Read more and register here:



  • Introduction: “Rethinking Erich Fromm for the 21st Century” (8am Pacific/11am Eastern/3pm UTC)
    • Mauricio Cortina
    • Peter L. Rudnytsky (discussant)
  • Fromm, Sex, and Gender” (8:30am Pacific/11:30am Eastern/3:30pm UTC)
    • Petteri Pietikainen
    • Scott Remer
    • Lynn S. Chancer
    • Javier Sethness, moderating
  • “Fromm, Social Character, and Left Strategy” (10am Pacific/1pm Eastern/5pm UTC)
    • Rainer Funk
    • Nick Braune (discussant)
  • “Erich Fromm as a Public Intellectual” (10:30am Pacific/1:30pm Eastern/5:30pm UTC)
    • Neil McLaughlin
    • Kieran Durkin
    • Joe Fantauzzi
    • Terry Maley, moderating

Break for 30 minutes: 12-12:30pm Pacific/3-3:30pm Eastern/7-7:30pm UTC

  • Reading Fromm Against Right-Wing Authoritarianism” (12:30pm Pacific/3:30pm Eastern/7:30pm UTC)
    • Joan Braune
    • Michael J. Thompson
    • Lauren Langman
    • Jeremiah Morelock, moderating
  • Fromm and the Critique of Left-Wing Authoritarianism” (2pm Pacific/5pm Eastern/9pm UTC)
    • Kevin B. Anderson
    • Ilene Philipson
    • Daniel Burston
    • Samir Gandesha, moderating
  • Fromm, Leftist Strategy, and Alternative Futures” (3:30pm Pacific/6:30pm Eastern/10:30pm UTC)
    • Matheus Romanetto
    • James Block
    • Laura Schleifer
    • Dan Fischer
    • Lina Nasr, moderating