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[Xmca-l] Larry Purss has shared a file with you.



I thought this preview of a book on Erich Fromm may be an answer to Trump cynicism.
Skepticism and doubt may lead towards *hope* but cynicism destroys hope. 
This book is volume 4 as  part of a series edited by Tricia Kress and Robert L. Lake titled “Imagination and Praxis: Criticality and Creativity in Education and Educational Research”. 
This book is researching Erich Fromm’S notion of *messianism*. Fromm’s version is *prophetic* messianism and is in marked contrast to *catastrophic* or *apocalyptic* messianism.

Fromm’s version has roots in The Judaic tradition expressing Maimondes Negative theology. Fromm moves through Judaic theism to a radical nontheistic radical humanism and this book traces this arc through his life. 
Fromm’s project of *radical hope* though leaving the orbit of theistic Judaism (informed by Maimondes) continues to express the *spirit* of this radical humanism.

Prophetic messianism is in the spirit of *alternativism*. Prophets announced alternative futures and indicated what they fore saw as the consequences of each choice .
The choice remains with humanity to choose. 

Robert Lake came across Joan Braune’s work when researching the intersecting lines between Erich Fromm and Paulo Friere. And their mutual commitment to creating radical hope as active, dynamic and forward looking. For Fromm hope not acted upon is not hope at all.
For Friere, hope is so *essential* to what it means to be *human* that Friere describes it as an ontological *need* of what Ingold calls *humaning*.
It is Robert Lake’s hope that Joan Braune’s book (in the spirit of Fromm and Friere’s radical humanism) *inspires* (mitsein) readers everywhere to imagine and transform our places into the *new commons*.
Into dynamic places of radical love, sustainable life, and the undiminished light of radical humanity at its best.

These lives become *exemplary* lives expressed through the arc of a living commitment that chooses the *new commons*.

A note if reading the term *messianism* with skepticism (but not cynicism). These 70 pages as a preview will indicate that Fromm uses this term within a  nontheistic radical humanism but recognizes its source emerging from within the tap root of Judaic traditions.

This travelling from theistic to nontheistic mythemes that share a mutual tap root is a theme to explore within all theories.
I hope this is one response to Trumpism.


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2144-erich-fromms-revolutionary-hope.pdf
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