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From: "'Andrew Phelps' <>


Re: [PsySR-humanrights] how slowly we learn

Friday, March 31, 2017 1:25 PM



The difficulty is to present psychology that will properly engage the conundrum you describe. One effort would be to reach to Gramsci's "cultural hegemony," which helped defeat Benito Mussolini.

A descendant of George's relative, Susan Jean Washington, was my great-great-great-grandmother. About 1826 she and her husband were entertaining the Marquis de Lafayette who had come back to America to visit. Then he reached under the table and pulled out a 4 year old boy. The boy said he had wanted to "see the giant."

The boy - Edward Augustus Lewis - became an attorney and served at one point 1874 on the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri. There concerns about reconstruction held important sway.

What I'm saying is that to get to the bottom of a political situation, to which George Washington speaks, requires the philosophical perspective to which he points, but does not speak fully.





On Fri, 3/31/17, Uwy wrote:

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption."

George Washington