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  •  Weber helpful, psychoanalysis perhaps not (4.00)
    Really interesting reading/reminder of Weber.  It's always fun to read someone who's morally serious, even when at times he was laughably wrong, as in his writings about China.  And this entry did good work connecting the abstract to the all-too-present.

    On a small point, I will say that I think psychiatric language doesn't have any place in political discourse.  It drives me crazy when laypeople/pundits casually toss of psychiatric or psychoanalytic judgments about candidates, and it's much, much worse I think when Krauthammer--a trained psychiatrist who should know better--makes what he tries to pass as "diagnoses" off of small snippets of TV coverage.  The only function it serves is to destroy individuals without addressing the ideas.

    It makes the key question not beliefs--or even morality--but psychological traits that take time to diagnose and are probably irrelevant to the question of whether or not someone would be a good president.

    Nobody can tell from a television interview whether Ralph Nader is truly suffering from delusions of grandeur...and what's more important, it doesn't even matter.  Democrats can and will beat him on practical and ideological grounds, and shouldn't need to resort to name-calling.

    •  partly agree - moving it up a notch (none)
      although psychoanalysis of individual politicians is a task best left to hacks such as Krauthammer, political psychology, (I am thinking of folks such as Altheuser, Foucalt and the Marcuse, Gilles & Deleuze) does offer valauble insight to poltical sceince discourses.
      •  like this? (none)
        The truth is that sexuality is everywhere: the way a bureaucrat fondles his records, a judge administers justice, a businessman causes money to circulate; the way the bourgeoisie fucks the proletariat; and so on.  And there is no need to resort to metaphors, any more than for the libido to go by way of metamorphoses.  Hitler got the fascists sexually aroused.  Flags, nations, armies, banks get a lot of people aroused.

        Deleuze & Guattari, Anti-Oedipus

        People are terrible. They can bear anything.

        by soulfrieda on Fri Feb 27, 2004 at 03:39:53 PM PST

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