Why Psychoanalysis in 2017?

One book to recommend is a timeless classic:  Freud’s “Group Psychology and Ego Analysis” (1921). Reading it and reflecting on its analysis of psychological mechanisms in groups and individuals cannot undo tragedies of the past, but it can reduce the probability that present and future generations allow seduction and abuse by the very same political and ideological leaders they have chosen- under the condition that the democratic privilege of voting exists and that people actually use their (often historically hard-earned) right to do so.