March 23: Erich Fromm

Humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm was born on this date in 1900 in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a student of the Talmud and used Jewish texts and imagery as touchstones for his political and psychological insights long after he left the world of Orthodox observance at the age of 26. Fromm’s attachment to Judaism […]

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December 15: Gayness Is Not a Disease

On this day in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (with Jews making up about 30 percent of its membership) declared that “by itself, homosexuality does not meet the criteria for being a psychiatric disorder” and removed it from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, who chaired the DSM […]

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Resisting Authority

A Personal Account of the Milgram Obedience Experiments by Joe Dimow When is it proper to refuse to obey authority figures, even if they have been democratically chosen for their positions? In 1961, I participated in a famous experimental study about obedience and authority — although I and other participants were led to believe it […]

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