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Ideological Possession and the Rise of the New Right


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Table of Contents

1. Jung's Political Thought: An Introduction 2. Lessons from Nietzsche 3. Jung's Psycho-Theological History 4. Jung and the Nazi Movement 5. Jung and Race 6. Signs of Mass Psychosis 7. The Rise of the New Right 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Laurie M. Johnson is Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Political Thought, ancient and modern political thought, as well as a graduate seminar in political thought. Dr. Johnson has published seven other books, most concentrating on the development of modern liberal ideas and the limits of liberalism, the latest Honor in America? Tocqueville on the American Enlightenment. Other books include: Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Interpretation of Realism; Hobbes's Leviathan; Thomas Hobbes: Turning Point for Honor and Locke and Rousseau: Two Enlightenment Responses to Honor. She has published in numerous scholarly journals such as IO-International Organization, Journal of Political Science Education and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy.


"Johnson's book is an original and timely attempt to use resources from Karl Jung's psychological theories-especially his understanding of the collective unconscious-to make sense of the contemporary resurgence of far-right nationalism. In addition to its contributions to understanding current political reality, one major philosophical achievement of the book is to make Jung a potential participant in contemporary debates in critical theory concerning the concept of "social pathology." I highly recommend it." - Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard College, Columbia University."Laurie Johnson provides a lucid introduction to Carl Jung's political thought and a powerful Jungian diagnosis for the political illnesses of our time. Drawing upon Charles Taylor's concepts of disenchantment and disembedding, Johnson elucidates Jung's account of modern man's predicament as a spiritual sickness: a pervasive psychological disharmony with the collective unconscious brought about by ideational, social, and economic displacement. Johnson's demonstration that the imbalanced psyche of modern man is a fertile ground for ideological possession is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the identitarianism of the alt-right. The Jungian curative she offers-a recovery of a religious faith that is both sufficiently rich in rite and symbolism to generate genuine transcendent experience and supple enough to accommodate the doubts of the disenchanted-is timely and thoughtful." - Kody Cooper, UC Foundation Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

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