The Perversions of Fascism

The Perversions of Fascism

by Antonios Vadolas


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The Perversions of Fascism by Antonios Vadolas

Under the shade of escalating violence and fundamentalism, our epoch’s diffused aura of liberalism supposedly tolerates difference, by exorcising the evil phantasms of totalitarianism, in favor of a liberal and humane post-modern order. Consequently, behind contemporary versions of evil, one demonizes modern fascists, totalitarian threats, and Hitlers. As if not obscure enough, fascist evil has been equivocally linked with perversion.

The objective of the Antonio Vadolas’s criticism that goes through psychoanalysis, without, however, exempting it from this criticism, is to reveal that both fascism and perversion implicate the non-symbolizable kernel in politics, which becomes the source of their mystification. His thesis argues that the fascist does not take the same discursive position, as the pervert does, regarding this symbolic gap.

Vadolas develops a new rhetoric, de-pathologized and de-ideologized, regarding the structure of the so-called pervert, introducing new vocabularies and directions for psychoanalytic research that further distance the pervert, or whom he calls the extra-ordinary subject, from fascist politics and, instead, expose his diachronic “fascist” isolation from the social edifice. This reveals the fruitful alternatives that can stem from a return to Freud cum Lacan, which supports a flexible on-going reformulation of psychoanalytic knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781855756021
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/28/2009
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Antonios Vadolas is a Lecturer in the MA in Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society at Brunel University. He also teaches Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Therapeutic Cultures in Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Table of Contents

About the Author vii

Preface ix

Part I Fascism and Perversion 1

Introduction: The perverse refractions of fascism: a retrospective 3

Chapter 1 1930s-1940s: The Frankfurt School and the Freudian left 7

Chapter 2 1940s-1970s: The authoritarian and evil profile of fascism 35

Chapter 3 1970s-1980s: Neo-Freudian perspectives 61

Chapter 4 1990s: The surfeit of fascist jouissance 75

Part I Conclusion 99

Part II Discourse 103

Introduction: The domination of the fascist and the Sadean master 105

Chapter 5 Power and mastery through the Lacanian prism 109

Chapter 6 The Lacanian discourse 135

Chapter 7 Three masters, three systems of domination 147

Part II Conclusion 163

Part III Ethics 165

Introduction: Imagine the law: domination and the ethics of desire 167

Chapter 8 Sade with Kant and Eichmann 171

Chapter 9 Ethics and guilt 197

Chapter 10 From imaginary to democratic ethics 213

Part III Conclusion 239

Part IV Politics 241

Introduction: Politics and the embodiment of jouissance 243

Chapter 11 Beyond the fascist Utopia 247

Chapter 12 Extra-ordinary anxiety 273

Chapter 13 Negating disavowal 289

Part IV Conclusion 305

Conclusion: Love the object of your anxiety 307

References 319

Index 331

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