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Fascinating! Thx. Lüdtke's ch 7 fn 24 has important reminder from Fromm's 1929 survey of German workers on the "left": only 15% of these agreed w socialism. Fromm himself reported that their "unreliability" (Unzuverlaessigkeit) became evident when they were offered a program 1/
"like the Nazis,'" which "appealed not only to the attitudes that found socialism attractive, but also to the side of their nature that socialism had left unsatisfied or unconsciously contradicted ['unbewusst widersprochen']. In these cases they morphed from unreliable 2/
leftists to convinced Nazis. In view of the relatively large votes on the left, 1926-31, it's safe to say that most of those interviewed would stand with one or the other of these parties."

From reported these findings to the Frankfurt School team in the '30s. They may have 3/
influenced not only Horkheimer and Adorno but Herbert Marcuse, Franz Neumann, and Moses Finley, all of whom seem to have been averse to "class" as an automatically progressive force in history. 4/
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