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Moglen, S. (2006). Mourning and Progressive Politics After 9/11. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(2):118-125.

(2006). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(2):118-125

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Mourning and Progressive Politics After 9/11

Seth Moglen

This article offers a fundamental revision and expansion of the Freudian model of object loss in order to develop conceptual tools for analyzing contemporary American militarism and its political alternatives. The Bush administration's so-called “war on terror” rests on the disavowal of losses suffered by Americans after the 9/11 bombings and on the displacement of anger that accompanied those losses. In response, progressive anti-war politics today should promote a process of social mourning. Such a process will require the cultivation of a culture in which more Americans can tolerate a realistic ambivalence towards a nation that is, in part, responsible for the violence it has suffered.

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