[Marxism] Down with positive thinking

sandia sandia1980 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 20:24:13 MDT 2009


Related piece from Chris Hedges (great stuff):
http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/20090726_happiness_consultants_wont_stop_a_depression/


On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 11:51 AM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> http://www.bookforum.com/inprint/016_03/4340
> Sept/Oct/Nov 2009
> Positively Delusional
> John Summers
>
> Positive thinking should never be the same after Barbara Ehrenreich’s
> Bright-Sided. But as Ehrenreich herself shows in a sketch of the
> movement’s history, its theorists, hucksters, and practitioners have
> thumbed their noses at reason ever since Mary Baker Eddy popularized New
> Thought with the mind-over-matter healing doctrine of Christian Science.
> Led by preacher Joel Osteen, motivational guru Tony Robbins, and
> academic psychologist Martin Seligman, among many others, the national
> cult of uplift abounding has lately generated subprime mortgages,
> megachurches, and a “pink-ribbon culture” that promotes a
> mind-cure-style approach to treating breast cancer: Maintaining a
> positive outlook, Ehrenreich learned firsthand, is supposed to boost the
> victim’s immune system.
>




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