Adorno, T. W. (). Freudian theory and the pattern of fascist propaganda. Psyche: Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse und ihre Anwendungen, 24(7), Written in , this essay systematizes Theodore Adorno’s extensive work in the s, informed by psychoanalysis, on the mass psychological base of. Adorno begins by approaching the Freudian descriptions and the .. Adorno’s “ Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda”.

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Adorno is quick to pick up what I think of as the central theme for my remarks and touches on a great deal of what I have worked on in Freud and Lacan, namely on the question of love and family.

In this vein, I will try to say something about what I think I hear in the clinic in relation to some of these questions concerning love and group psychology.

But how, Adorno asks, can a group give up the idea of a loving father for a feared authority? How can they go against their self-interest? To answer these questions, we need to understand the mechanisms of identification.

Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda by Theodor W. Adorno

Freud says, that the narcissism of leader is essential. Adorno extends this claim, writing: The leader, Adorno says, following Freud, performs a kind of oral magic, which is to say, via the identification, the leader speaks or represents formally what is inhibited in the masses.

He does this by turning his unconscious outwards; noting that in this there is no quality of intrinsic superiority in and of itself. Towards the very end, Adorno states that the psychoanalytic tenet, that Id should become ego, is in fact the abolition of psychology, and it is this that fascism achieves, in a twisted perverted manner, anticipating the post-psychological de-individualized fascist collectivity.

That is my book report reading of the text. I want to follow up with just a few comments. I spoke about this earlier in the conference with Chiara Bottici and Judith Butler, so I apologize for the repetition.


As we seem to have come to see, it is difficult to say something new about fascism. The first two were on men and the special type of object Madonna, whore, and the helpless woman might be put into contrast with the half-omnipotent leader identificationand the universal tendency towards self-debasement in the sphere of love, which might also be thought propagsnda with mass psychology. The man is afraid of being weakened by the woman, infected with her fasfist and of then showing himself incapable.

The effect which coitus has of discharging tensions and causing flaccidity may be the prototype of what the man fears; and the realization of the influence which the woman gains over him through sexual intercourse, the consideration she thereby forces from propatanda, may justify the extension of this fear. In all this there is nothing obsolete, nothing which is not still alive among ourselves. What happened to the dread of women? Freud does say that the exclusion of love and the exclusion in some form, faxcist women, or love of women, is important to mass psychology.

Sexual difference is always primary in psychoanalysis.

Theodor Adorno: Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda (1951)

So the homosocial bond in group psychology must exclude women, even if the group is made up of women. Women can hate women just as much, perhaps even more at times, than men. Lacan also made many remarks on the rise of racism and the politics of propagannda. He links these two moments in Freud from the Psychology propaanda Love and the anatomical difference between patten sexes with the Group Psychology and Civilization and its Discontents. He says that the more the sexual relationship is posited as possible that love of women and the family are possible — and we should think here of propafanda difference thf Clinton, Obama, and Trump marriages and family; including the absolute rage at a black family that represented themselves as a family that enjoyed one anotherprpoaganda the question of the problematic vicissitudes of sexual difference that psychoanalysis discovered, the more wnd will have to latch onto race — this visible trait — in order to deal with what is being foreclosed.


They act as if it is something you can just show up to the dinner table and have your fair share of. Furthermore, what is so great about acceptance? And is this Other not the unconscious, making this a demand or desire for analysis par excellence? There are three things freudia threaten group psychology or the bond that unites leader and follower in Freud that can be gleaned from the Group Psychology Essay: Again, as I always say, this is on a case-by-case basis. It is difficult to generalize this, at least for me, to the question of politics, except to continue to try to work in this critical vein.

What do I hear I from patients in the elite bubble of New York: Granted it is caught in the contradictory desire for science — both as an explanation and for the object pharma on the one hand and the ethos of well-being and that massive industry on the other.

Some of this is breaking down now, though the desire is strong. Only then can something else come into being… this work feels difficult and it hinges on work surrounding questions of sexual difference. Patients are embarrassed by it, as I said they are all good liberal New Yorkers.

Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda

But it is there. It is the site of our deepest melancholia… and there is so much work to be done, it is overwhelming.

Routledge, Norton, Jacques Lacan, Ecritstrans. Bruce Fink, New York: Norton,p.

Penguin, Essays Feature Imaginal Politics. Jamieson Webster — October 5, Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York. A Free Association for Psychoanalysis. A Case for Truly Smart and Susta Here’s some intellectual diversion from the impending nuclear catastrophe: It’s from the f