How Much Did "The Culture of Narcissism" Get Right?

Forty years ago, Christopher Lasch described a soulless society headed toward a "war of all against all." Looking back at a book TK readers chose for review

It is symptomatic of the underlying tenor of American life that vulgar terms for sexual intercourse also convey the sense of getting the better of someone, working him over, taking him in, imposing your will through guile, deception, or superior force.

— Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism

Back in 1979, social critic Christopher Lasch wasn’t buyi…

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