Men and the expression of power

The following talk by renowned psychologist James Hillman was given at the Minnesota Men’s Conference in 1988. Unlike many in the Mythopoetic men’s movement, Hillman refused to ignore the world and its political and cultural problems. In this talk he takes on the topic of power, of the many forms that power can take in society, and of feminism’s attack on expressions of power. He appeals for the reinvention and rediscovery of all the ancient facets of power in human culture, stating “I want to re-empower power, from the bad case that it’s been given, and find the places where you’re putting your power-drive down, with false humility, with niceness, with adaptation…”

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