[Marxism] Psychology of Fundamentalism
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Violent fundamentalism is motivated by the need to eliminate badness through
fighting the bad outside (of oneself). What is required now is to eliminate
the heretical, impure, inimical elements, that is, killing the infidels who
do not believe in (my/our) God. A destructive counterpart is created to the
killing of "God's enemies": it is the killing of oneself. Obviously the
killing of oneself in the effort to kill the impure part of oneself, amounts
to the total failure - or total grim success - of the process of
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THE ROLE OF THE FATHER
The role of the father is conceived as being that of a lawgiver, as well as
that of a liberator and facilitator of desire and ambition. The father's
role is widely conceptualized as creating an exit from the mother-infant
orbit (sometimes called 'merger,' 'symbiosis,' or the Imaginary) into the
outer world, lawful, reality, language, and the Symbolic Order.
In religious fundamentalism the figure of the father is perverted: a father
who liberates his sons (and daughters) into social life, into taking
initiative, and into the joy of competence and the entitlement to pursue
their desires in life, becomes the Father who liberates his sons (and
daughters) from "themselves", from their individuality, human compassion and
the moral impulse.
Love for this father liberates his sons to humiliate, kill and destroy "his"
enemies. The persecutory father, who is an inner "gang leader", is rephrased
as a loved and loving father, although this father is obviously a vengeful
killer. Obviously, what subtends this love of God is tremendous, transformed
hatred, a kind of loving paranoia.
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Research (IPTAR); Faculty at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of
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for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy (IARPP); Associate Editor for
Psychoanalytic Dialogues; and International Editor for Studies in Gender &
Sexuality; Associate clinical professor, New York University Postdoctoral
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