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A true human image

We bring here the first part of Jens Bjørnebo's article series "Socialism and freedom"

Orientering 10 December 1966

The stones have migrated to the bottom of Moldova
Three emperors are buried in Prague
Everything big and small is once changed
One night has twelve hours, then it is all day

And times are changing. The great planner
Shall burst – as mighty men have laid
And even if they spread like bloody cocks
If times have changed, then no power helped

The stones have migrated to the bottom of Moldova
Three emperors are buried in Prague
Everything big and small is once changed
One night has twelve hours, then it is all day

                                                            BREATH

 

Quaint for ours time dilemma, is that in our century, in this brave, new 20th century, not a single new political thought is thought. Conservatism, liberalism, the bourgeois center, the bourgeois left, social democracy, socialism, Marxism, communism, anarchism, syndicalism, etc. – all are inherited from 1800th century political thinking. This has become so disastrous, because otherwise the whole world has changed – and in almost every way. Above all, the other, that is, not (is this italics?) Political thinking, has changed itself and thus our worldview in its entirety: Natural science, economics, engineering, industrial relations, philosophy, art – - last but not least – : our view of what a human being is: through psychiatry, physiology and especially through psychology, our time has gained a rather new human image, a new anthropology.
Since politics aims to find a human-like form of the cohabitation of individuals and groups on earth, political thinking must necessarily be based on a view of man, from an anthropological view, and even become a product of that view.
However, when today's political way of thinking does not constantly renew itself by taking up an ever more true human image as my basis – then of course this stiffened political drawing will come into ever stronger conflicts with reality.

A very visible one An example of the impact of a policy, built on a misguided human image, is the monstrous racial conflicts that are taking place in a number of countries, – very strong at present in South Africa and the United States, to use a few cases. . .

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Jens Bjørneboe
Author. Wrote in Ny Tids predecessor Orientering.

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