Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Critical Theory

Critical Theory

My critical theory of human well-being requires a broad social cultural perspective. The shaping of current social beliefs, habits, and priorities is largely determined by the symbiotic association of four groups. The symbiosis benefits each class for its own purposes. Regulated professionals constitute the first group. Among these are attorneys, medical doctors, educators, psychologists, and allied professions. Government, its divisions, and bureaucracies constitute the second group. Corporations and large businesses comprise the third group. The energy sector, the military-security complex, the medical-pharmaceutical industry, technology companies, and their coordinating business organizations, public relations firms, lobbyists, and PACs are among its membership. Finally, the fourth class is a shadow elite with overlapping appointments on multiple boards of international corporations and who exercise influential control over finance and money. NGOs play a quasi-governmental role coordinating among these interests and making policy recommendations. The resulting recommendations, regulations, and policies emanating from these groups constrain and define the lifeworld, and the lifeworld is basic to human health and well-being. --lv

The World on Edge

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Two Approaches to Psychology

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Spirituality