Jennifer Cascadia Emphatic Says: November 11, 2008 at 3:59 am
Identity politics maintains an emotional and cultural milieu of pre-Oedipal projective identification, as each group tries to purify itself be projecting its faeces onto the Other. It would be better to have a more rational platform to debate from, than this.
larvalsubjects Says: November 11, 2008 at 4:14 am
Jennifer, I think this is an interesting way of putting things. In many respect I believe that capitalism is a post-Oedipal era; which isn’t to say that Oedipus has disappeared, only that it is no longer the dominant structuring principle. As a result, we begin to search for supplements to this structure. One example might be identities. I’ve also been interested in the rise of tattoos in this connection.
Jennifer Cascadia Emphatic Says: November 11, 2008 at 4:26 am
Well what I think we have seen in the right wing movements and hegemony in the West has been an attempt to find identity by digging down, by reduction, by essentialising to the most simple and simplistic elements.
I might agree with you that capitalism itself is post-oedipal, however the movements that have hijacked the West have been of a pre-Oedipal formation. They have been regressive; actually seeking redemption in the inner self-certainty of identity at a primeval level, (which, at an adult level, is simply nothing, or a void of logic and reason.) And leftist identity politics, whilst not in its historical inception nihilistic, has not been able to clearly able to distinguish itself from this other kind of nihilistic trend. That is because it all too easily (more often than not) falls into using the same mechanisms of projection and splitting.
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