|Re: "moral outrage".....say what?|
- Wednesday, August 28 2013, 2:51:31 (UTC)|
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This is John Kerry:
"In a press conference Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in a read statement, “What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard, it is inexcusable and — despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured — it is undeniable.”
-- As Gore Vidal said, this is the United States of Amnesia. The fast-paced consumer society within whom specialists in psychology, experts on addiction, behaviorists, and well-funded group of scientists gather to cure diseases? No! They study the human brain, perform experiments on mice and prisoners (look up MK-Ultra) to find ways and means to instill a second nature in the consumer.
An artificial need mechanism -- unlike the natural need for water, food, sex -- this second-nature embedded within the psyche's id, super ego, and ego confronting the Reality Prinicple: the I want sex and I want it now; in short, instant gratification, but I can't get sex now, so I will settle for porn, or I'll buy an expensive car, or I'll buy a gun and express how free I am, goddammit!
This is a concept called Repressive desublimation, "a term first coined by philosopher and sociologist Herbert Marcuse in his work One-Dimensional Man that refers to the way - in his words - in advanced capitalism “sexuality is liberated (or rather liberalized) in socially constructive forms” so as to serve, rather than to challenge, forms of social control. Rather than acting against the social order (as the repressive hypothesis would suggest), sexual liberation was thus co-opted to support the repressive order, through the undoing of sublimations and the release of pleasure in socially approved forms.
By offering instantaneous, rather than mediated gratifications, repressive desublimation was considered by Marcuse to remove the energies otherwise available for a social critique; and thus to function as a conservative force under the guise of liberation."
I suggest the same may apply to the political sphere, after all if we change "sexual liberation" with "political liberation", the line of thinking follows as such: "Rather than acting against the social order (as the repressive hypothesis would suggest), 'POLITICAL'(mine) liberation was thus co-opted to support the repressive order, through the undoing of sublimations and the release of pleasure in socially approved forms."
"Release of pleasure in socially approved forms" is initially a Freudian concept of Sublimation. To navigate the libido (id) to produce culturally acceptable behavior and concepts. Anyway, am I only making sense to myself... anyone?
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