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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Carl Jung on The archetypality of Communism

To Wilhelm Bitter

Dear Colleague, 23 August 1959

I return herewith your manuscript! with the marginal comments
you requested.

The archetypality of Communism is on the one hand the common ownership of goods, as in primitive societies, and on the other hand the unlimited power of the tribal chieftain.

Ostensibly all goods belong to all. Everybody has his share.

But since all are represented by one man, the chieftain, only one man has control of everything.

Practically every revolution seeks refuge in these two primordial images because man's belief that everything was once paradisal seems to be ineradicable.

With cordial greetings,

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. II, Page 513