Articles by: Bruce Lerro

Neoliberal Psychological Romanticism: From The Primal Scream To The Collective Unconscious – Part II

Neoliberal Psychological Romanticism: From The Primal Scream To The Collective Unconscious – Part II

Orientation In Part I of this article, I begin by grounding neoliberal psychology in the political and economic reality of neoliberalism between 1970 to 2020. First, we discussed the historical origins of neoliberalism, and then its economic exploitation, mystification and ideological use to control people. I briefly discussed the realities of the practice of neoliberal economic policies which has resulted in cannibalization of the[Read More…]

July 9, 2020 Globalisation
Neoliberal Psychological Realism: From Barbie Dolls To Hook-Up Sex

Neoliberal Psychological Realism: From Barbie Dolls To Hook-Up Sex

Orientation In this two-part article, I trace facets of neoliberal psychology over a 50 years period, from 1970 to present. The first facet of neoliberal psychology is the “realist” phase in which capitalists strip the individual of as many of our social, qualitative (as opposed to quantitative) relations as well as our historical and cross-cultural identities so that everything can[Read More…]

July 1, 2020 Globalisation
Facing The Music: Religion, Nationalism And Sports Have Enchanted The Working Class; Socialism Hasn’t

Facing The Music: Religion, Nationalism And Sports Have Enchanted The Working Class; Socialism Hasn’t

Religion, nationalism and sports as propaganda for the ruling class In the closing section of my course Brainwashing Propaganda and Rhetoric: Dark Psychology in the 20th Century, I ask my students to compare organized religion, nationalism and sports, not only to determine the kind of propaganda they are (black, gray or white), but also the devices and artifacts that are used. This includes[Read More…]

November 19, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down The Iron Curtain On Yankeedom

Big Brother Facebook: Drawing Down The Iron Curtain On Yankeedom

Leading a double life When my partner, Barbara, first opened an account on Facebook, she used it in a way that most people in Yankeedom use it. Her network was an eclectic assortment of family, current and former workmates, new and old friends, neighbors and relatives living in other parts of the country. Most of what was posted on this[Read More…]

June 17, 2018 World
Greater Of Two Evils: Why The Democratic Party Is Worse Than The Republican Party For 85% Of The U.S. Population

Greater Of Two Evils: Why The Democratic Party Is Worse Than The Republican Party For 85% Of The U.S. Population

How to conceive of the two-party system Lesser of two evils Among liberals and the different types of socialists, when the subject of the Democratic Party comes up, there are at least two variations. One is the familiar liberal argument that the Democratic Party is the “lesser of two evils”. For them, the Republican Party is the source of most,[Read More…]

April 3, 2018 World
Do You Socialists Have Any Plans? Why We Need Socialist Architects

Do You Socialists Have Any Plans? Why We Need Socialist Architects

Claim and Qualification For the first time in well over 70 years, the words “capitalism” and “socialism” can be circulated among the general public in the United States. However, what I am going to claim in this article is that the only way 21st century socialism is going to get any traction or respect from the working class is if[Read More…]

September 14, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Lost at Sea: Left Liberals Have No Party

Lost at Sea: Left Liberals Have No Party

In the periphery of the circles in which I travel, people do not actively defend what it means to be a member of the Democratic Party. They come on much stronger when they say they are against the Republican Party. And why not? The Republican Party is the party of old money, inheritance, white supremacy and fundamentalist Christianity. Republicans and[Read More…]

July 11, 2017 World