I was looking up synonyms for love the other day – arguably one of the most important words in the English language. As a verb, the word has about 40. Money – our topic today on Thinking With Somebody Else’s Head – has 56. (I didn’t even bother looking up “love of money”).
But whatever you call it – bucks, green, or bread – money today is so revered there’s really only one appropriate synonym … the almighty dollar.
Our topic today is an important one, and we’re going to try to look at money in ways you may not have considered before.
I’ll be talking today with Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco, a psychoanalyst and vice-president of the International Society of Analytical Trilogy in São Paulo. Our discussions today will be based on Dr. Norberto Keppe’s extraordinary book, Liberation of the People: The Pathology of Power. The book is an in depth and incisive psychological critique of money and power which reaches to the very root cause of our inverted and seriously pathological society and power structures.
It’s essential reading, and I have some copies in English to give away to the first 25 people who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send me your name and mailing address and I’ll let you know how you can get your copy.
A couple of weeks ago, we began the exploration of money in our program about Adam Smith. Today, let’s go deeper into this area that impacts us all so deeply. Our society is dominated by it.