Donald Trump: The Id of Republican Politics II

In his Politics, Aristotle claimed that man was a political animal. By this he meant that the human was predisposed to life within a certain polis, a group, through which all the constituent members could flourish. Noting that other creatures had the same traits, Aristotle added a caveat. What distinguished the polis of man from […]

Donald Trump: The Id of Republican Politics

Like any paradox, the rise of Donald Trump to the rank of serious political phenomena requires a certain amount of critical thinking. How else can we begin to approach this frequently bankrupt billionaire—a bloviating, catch-phrase spouting reality TV star suddenly proclaiming that he is going to be the greatest job’s president in American history? Just […]

“Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”

“A schzioanalytic thesis: desire’s social investments have, and will continue to possess primacy of place over familial ones.”    From their two-volume magnum opus, the French theorists Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari proposed a number of lines of analysis that explored the limits of desire, politics and the role of the subject. Perhaps one of the most […]

Towards A Psychoanalytic Reading Of UKIP

I swore I wouldn’t do this. I was absolutely convinced that this was all going to be nothing more than a small footnote in modern British political history. I was convinced that these racists, loons, economic illiterates and xenophobic throwbacks to the 1950s would soon be confined to irrelevance. And yet… Personally psychoanalysis has always […]