The Mike Wallace Interview: Erich Fromm (1958-05-25)

In a sign of how far the quality of television has slipped in past decades, Erich Fromm was invited to take part in this series discussing “the problems of a free society and what it must do to survive” in 1958. Who are the equivalent figures addressing such big issues on the contemporary intellectual scene? Do they stand a chance of being invited on to prime time television?

Some of this material is astonishingly prescient. He talks about how “the symbol pushers” are increasingly forced to “sell their own personality”. What would Fromm have made of social media?

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