States began treating civil populations like data sets in the late 1990s. In 2002, the National Security Agency (NSA), established its Information Awareness Office (IAO), whose motto is Scientia est potentia – knowledge is power. Since knowledge was now being produced in “ones and zeroes”, the agency understood it had to reorient its gaze. A [...]
As psychoanalysts we can hardly claim to have answers to all the ills, political or otherwise, of modern civilisation. But as practitioners of speech and language we can at least strive to pay attention to what is at stake in some of the discourses currently taking shape around us. The recent resurgence of far-right political [...]
How was it before? With the Berlin Wall, at the end of a war whose bureaucratic and technological disgraces showed us a variety of the worst horrors of the century, politicians put their fingers to the wind and wondered whether history was at an end or not. They were burdened by the need to remake [...]
There is a new diagnosis not yet included in the DSM 5. It’s P.T.E.D. Post Traumatic Election Disorder. I, as many other Americans are suffering from this, angry, anxious and depressed mood, impotence, flashbacks, nightmares and fear of the future.
And for 8 years now a strange being has been leading the country: an elegant man, in tailored suits, who seems to apologize for his country on a regular basis, but who never seems to change much of anything. A man who was exhausted after having finally arrived at the White House. One who, as [...]
Despite the echo it received in the press –where it was described as a “punch”, a “jab”, a “swing” or “knock-out response”-, Ali’s reply did not, in fact, feel like anything like a knock-out. Donald Trump did not go down in the first, or even 5th round (as did Sonny Liston or Henry Cooper in [...]
Media discussions concerned its style, ‘a sunken apricot soufflé’, its preparation, whether Trump uses spray or gel, and even its ‘tactile feel and texture’.2 Scurrilous reports suggested that the toupee was made of ‘the hair of the critically-endangered Brown Spider Monkey of Columbia’ and the pubic plume of the water buffalo.3 Earlier in the year, [...]