Who Is “The Enemy”? with Sam Keen

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The ageless human tendency toward war mongering stems not only from paranoia and protectiveness but also from one’s image of “the enemy” as hostile and warlike. If this is true, then averting nuclear war can be accomplished not only by arms reductions; we will need to re-imagine who we think we, and who our “enemies,” actually are. Eminent writer Sam Keen discusses the psychological tasks facing us if we are to resolve interpersonal and international conflict effectively and peacefully. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Sam Keen is an American author, professor, and philosopher who is best known for his exploration of questions regarding love, life, wonder, religion, and being a male in contemporary society. He co-produced Faces of the Enemy, an award-winning PBS documentary, was the subject of a Bill Moyers television special in the early 1990s, and for 20 years served as a contributing editor at Psychology Today magazine. He is also featured in the 2003 documentary Flight from Death.

Sam Keen is the author of many books, including: 

To learn more about the work of Sam Keen go to www.samkeen.com.

Host: Michael Toms                        Interview Date: 1983            Program Number: 1747