Sigmund Freud

Revolutionary kernel in Freud's ideas

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There are many criticisms that Marxists can — and should — make of psychoanalysis in general and of Sigmund Freud in particular.

To dismiss Freud, however, as a “career-building opportunist” as Susan Rosenthal does (“What’s wrong with Sigmund Freud?”, July/August SR) hardly does justice to a thinker whose ideas have engaged the interest of successive generations of revolutionary socialists, most notably Leon Trotsky.

Freud's theories led to useful developments

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I read with interest Susan Rosenthal's article “What’s wrong with Sigmund Freud?” (July/August SR), however, I disagree with her conclusion that all Freud’s ideas need to be rejected by Marxists.

Discussion of sexual abuse, and society’s reaction to it, is especially pertinent at this time.

The current abuse inquiries reveal the importance of survivors being believed and heard in society and how the establishment can seek to cover up the sexual abuse of children.

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