Are there judges?

By | November 11th, 2018|LRO 103|

In Israel, Judges, especially those of the Supreme Court, have the function of protecting and defending human rights and liberty, of standing against any kind of segregation. Where are they when the spirit of democracy ceases to function as their compass? Theirs is a very complicated and difficult position. The State of Israel does not [...]

“[…] and I did not open my mouth anymore”

By | November 3rd, 2018|LRO 101|

In Europe today, the question of politics as faced with human phenomena is effaced in favour of a discourse of necessity. The decision makers think that they are managers. The logic of numbers buries the political question. This cold discourse creates a climate of exclusion and widespread disquiet in a silent world faced with the [...]

Liquid Times Are Over. Solid Monsters Are Back

By | October 20th, 2018|LRO 98|

When I proposed that the book written with Professor Bauman be entitled "The Return of the Pendulum" it was because those words, suggested in his mail of 08/23/2012, strongly caught my attention. Wise is he who can read between the lines of the social discourse not only what is happening in the present but also [...]

You’re Not in the 1%, So Why Vote Like You Are?

By | December 4th, 2016|LRO 57|

  Many have commented on the shock of this election. And, many are asking themselves now—how could this have happened? Psychoanalysis has its own contribution to this political analysis. Let us look at voting as, for example, the formation of a group, a statement of the way in which one affiliates himself or herself with [...]

The Aftermath

By | November 28th, 2016|LRO 56|

Some facts: my daughter, an American citizen, was talking in Spanish to an adult in a parking lot when a person drove by them and yelled “go back to your country!" Many instances of racial discrimination were happening in the States, I will describe just a few. At the University of Pennsylvania, the names of [...]

Barbarians at the Gates of Speech

By | November 27th, 2015|LRO 10|

It is a signifier that resonates in the deepest echo-chamber of Europe’s self-understanding, bequeathed to us as it is - along with philosophy, rhetoric and democratic ideals - by the culture of the ancient Greeks. Already there, half a millennia before Christ, ‘barbarism’ was doing a great deal of symbolic work. Certainly it invoked the [...]