Improving the Interstitial Space – Lacan and Democracy

"Structures do not take to the streets." Lacan on May 68' At the core of the psychoanalytic political project (Badiou, Zizek, Laclau, etc.) is the idea of antagonism. Antagonism is the problem of exclusion in democratic formations, or the tendency for an excluded class, race, religion, etc. to be othered to the point of it …

The Category of the Real

Freud’s theory of the unconscious was formed around Aristotle’s notion of the automaton. Aristotle characterized the real as a category always beyond repetition and returning – the area of the unconscious. The first thing you are taught in psychoanalysis is that the patients reality must not be taken at the level in which he (the …

Fundamentalism and the Other

The fundamentalist holds his “belief” as closest to science, which is why the Fundamentalist's real difficulty is actually faith as a matter of having to believe - the Fundamentalist hates to believe, because they know. In all belief-systems the other is always complicit in the belief, which is the very definition of a shared ritual, …

The Need for an Imagined Enemy: Must One Be a Saint to Know What they Want?

Because I wish to outline the basis of a society formed around desire I depend on your complicity of my desire to keep the fantasy of this exercise real to you. if we start by charting typical injunctions we can locate our reliance on our own subjecthood. After all the psychoanalytic symbol system is our …