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Acklin, T. (1998). The Dialectics of Historical Fantasy: The Ideology of George Lincoln Rockwell. Maria T. Miliora. Pp. 259-281. Psychoanal Q., 67(1):189-190.
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(1998). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 67(1):189-190

The Dialectics of Historical Fantasy: The Ideology of George Lincoln Rockwell. Maria T. Miliora. Pp. 259-281

Thomas Acklin

Considering the life of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, Miliora explores his influence in terms of racist and anti-Semitic ideology in the United States during the 1950's and 1960's. Applying the model of the mind found in psychoanalytic self psychology, particularly in the work of Kohut, Miliora examines the writings of Rockwell in terms of the exhibitionistic and arrogant declaration of his ideology. His unmodified, infantile, grandiosity at the same time expresses deficits in self-esteem. Rockwell's self experience is considered primarily in terms of his sense of personal omniscience, and his experience of his selfobject milieu in terms of the need for the social milieu to come to the natural order. Characterized by rigidity in thinking, a need for order, as well as other obsessive-compulsive traits, Rockwell also manifested paranoid ideology with regard to the Jewish-Communist conspiracy he believed was threatening the white race. His personality is considered as conforming to Allport's prejudiced personality, his cognitive style to be at the concrete operational level of intellectual development according to Piaget, and his moral development to correspond to Kohlberg's conventional law and order orientation, in which there is an emphasis on authority, fixed rules, and maintaining the social order. Kohut described

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the link between omniscience and omnipotence, both related to an idealized parent imago fantasized as omnipotent, and to the grandiose self related to deficits in the mirroring and idealization sectors. Using fantasy as the central organizing feature, narcissistic paranoidal leaders such as Rockwell manifest an archaic grandiosity which perceives the social environment as an extension of themselves. The vulnerability coming from a need for mirroring is compensated by an inflation of self and social milieu, with an underlying chronic narcissistic rage.

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Article Citation

Acklin, T. (1998). The Dialectics of Historical Fantasy: The Ideology of George Lincoln Rockwell. Maria T. Miliora.. Psychoanal. Q., 67(1):189-190

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