Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0944. Friday, 13 December 1996.
Date: Thursday, 12 Dec 96 22:02:53 EST
Subject: 7.0934 Re: Politics
Comment: Re: SHK 7.0934 Re: Politics
I'm answering the leftists vs. the individual debate as someone who's written
extensively on the psychology of individuals and the importance of taking that
psychology into account when we talk about audience response. I am also a
loyal union member and I think of myself as far left, certainly too far to the
left for most of my friends. (Chomsky is my political guru.) I think the
concept of the individual as addressed in, say, psychoanalysis has nothing to
do with the rightwing rhetoric about people dealing individually with
megacorporations. To dismiss the idea of the individual and importance of the
individual and the exciting things we are learning about the brains and minds
of individuals because the right misuses the concept is silly. It is tossing
out the individual baby with the rhetorical bathwater.
--Best, Norm Holland