By Walter A. Davis
"Davis writes with fervor, imaginative and prescient, and prepared ethical appreciation of our . He encourages us to work out what we worry to determine, to claim what we worry to assert. This e-book is illuminating, hard, fierce." Michael Eigen, writer of The delicate Self, Rage, Ecstasy, poisonous Nourishment, broken Bonds andThe Psychoanalytic Mystic 'An unsettling e-book, passionately and lovingly crafted by way of a very good and targeted author and thinker.' Counterpunch 'Davis argues that ideology isn't lots a question of what you think as why you think it. . . . [An] very important book.' Eugene Holland, Ohio kingdom collage Why is worry a dominant emotion in modern society? Why are politicians utilizing phrases like 'terror', 'evil' and 'fundamentalism', and what impact is it having on public attention? Answering those questions, Walter A. Davis faucets into the cultural psyche to discover the hyperlink among ideology and emotional and mental manipulation. beginning with the 3 subject matters that experience preoccupied social discourse on account that Sep 11 -- terror, evil and fundamentalism -- he exhibits that the Bush management has been highly profitable in controlling and constructing a brand new political weather throughout the production of a nearly hypnotic mass cognizance. Davis's findings take us to the center of the ideological paralysis of the Left, whereas delivering an leading edge method of figuring out modern background. Davis fuses a psychoanalytic and philosophical framework to give an explanation for the relation among tradition and political occasions, from the sado-masochist hysteria of Mel Gibson's the fervour of the Christ, to the atrocities at Abu Ghraib legal; and from the genocidal use of depleted uranium in Iraq to the apocalyptic language riding the Christian Right's attack on easy human rights. He exposes the reasons and belief-systems of this new American psyche and exhibits the way it sustains the Bush administration's schedule.
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A terrible envy underlies what happened in Abu Ghraib, an envy that has been working on the psychotic register of the American psyche since 9-11. Islamic fundamentalists have something we lack. They’re willing to die for their religion. Only one response to such an affront is possible. They must be forced to violate their religious beliefs and to do so as part of a perverse ritual. In this regard two images from Abu Ghraib are especially revealing. The man masturbating before his torturers forced while doing so to curse Islam.
Abu Ghraib is both homage to and imitation of the Chief. For the parent text is Bush on the aircraft carrier Lincoln, unable to delay his orgasm any longer, needing to crow “We’re #1” to the world with that smug smile of superiority that is the only thing he learned at Yale. But this too is imitation, the military garb and the phallic posturing a reincarnation of President Bill Pullman in Osama bin Laden’s favorite film, Independence Day. Abu Ghraib mirrors as privilege and pleasure Davis 01 chap01 33 5/1/06 14:00:28 34 The Belly of the Beast the contempt of Bushian unilateralism for the rest of the world, for all conventions, Geneva or otherwise, that would restrain the thrust of Empire.
It will require one kind of religion. Bush and Ashcroft represent its benign— if mindless—face. Gibson gives us its true visage. His significance for an ideological and historical understanding of emotion is considerable, since what his film dramatizes with unexampled clarity is how an ideology operates directly on the psyche to bring about fundamental changes both in the principles of its selfregulation and the actions that will be required to provide that psyche the satisfaction it seeks. As such, Passion is not just an expression of what I term 9-11 syndrome; it’s a blueprint for Abu Ghraib.
Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche Since 9-11 by Walter A. Davis