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Enemies of the People: Latin-American Populism, Political Myth, and the Psychodynamics of Conspiracy Thinking

Article appeared in the Winter 2016-2017 issue of Science and Society, Journal of Political and Moral Theory. Abstract: This article examines Latin-American populism from a psychoanalytical perspective and suggests a possible understanding of the role played by group dynamics, such as group regression and large-group identity, in the rise of conspiracy thinking associated with populist […]

From Scapegoat to King: Trump’s Election as a Purification Ritual Gone Wrong

The result is one of the great tragedies of human existence, what we might call the need to “fetishize evil,” to locate the threat to life in some special places where it can be placated and controlled. It is tragic precisely because it is sometimes very arbitrary: men make fantasies about evil, see it in […]

TRAUMA SOCIAL Y EL PROBLEMA DE LA CULPA: ALGUNOS ASPECTOS INCONSCIENTES DE LA IDENTIDAD ARGENTINA

Artículo presentado en el X Congreso Argentino de Psicoanálisis, Buenos Aires, 25-28 de mayo 2016. Texto completo (DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5155.9921) disponible en mi perfil Researchgate (click acá). Resumen: Se propone examinar las secuelas del período 1976-’83 con un enfoque en los victimarios y la complicidad social para con ellos, destacando el proceso transgeneracional de elaboración de la culpa […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – PART 4/13 – Chapter 1: “Introduction”

4. Chapter I: “Introduction” The first chapter is six pages long, and argues in favor of the Quran’s supreme authority when it comes to legislating matters of war, and thus for the validity of Malik’s approach in his study which consist, precisely, in the inquiry into the Quran’s concept of war: “As a perfect and […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – PART 3/13 – “Foreword”, “Preface”, and “Author’s Note”

3. The Quranic Concept of War’s content: Foreword, Preface, and Author’s Note i) Foreword The book starts off with a brief foreword written by then-president of Pakistan, general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (1924-1988). Barely one page long, it is essentially an endorsement of the book’s reflection of the Quranic philosophy of war, its understanding of jihad, and the […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – PART 2/13 – Context and Relevance

2. The Quranic Concept of War: Context and relevance One little step in the direction of understanding the way of thinking of Islamic fundamentalists is a book which is considered to be one of the key writings of modern Global Jihad, according to the opinion of several scholars of the subject (Gorka, 2012): The Quranic […]

A PSYCHOPOLITICAL REVIEW OF S. K. MALIK’s: “THE QURANIC CONCEPT OF WAR” – part 1/13 – Introduction

“Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says: ‘Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, […]