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Wolfenstein, E.V. (2006). Still Crazy after all These Years: “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(2):126-142.

(2006). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(2):126-142

Still Crazy after all These Years: “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”1

E. Victor Wolfenstein

In the US, the 9/11 attacks resulted in the instantaneous crystallization of a paranoid group formation, functioning as defense — not against the real dangers of the situation — but rather against an underlying, identity-shattering state of psychotic panic. This regressed collective emotional state was exploited by the Bush regime to initiate the war in Iraq, a war that plays out internationally the Ur-Fascistic tendencies that late capitalistic systems have difficulty containing.

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