Bulletin N° 633
Subject: ON FALSE HOPES AND 'ONLY SOLUTIONS" IN AN AGE OF REPRESSED DESIRES.
8 November 2014
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
Many scholars have described the systemic studies of Freudian psychoanalysis and Marxist historical materialism as being incompatible, like the mixture of oil and water. The former eventually became preoccupied with individual normative behavior and the formation of psychic obstacles that interfere with individual social adjustment; while the latter relentlessly claims to seek radical changes in the external world of political economy, thereby liberating society and human behavior from the tyranny of mindless conformism to the demands of the for-private-profit-motivated capitalist market system, with which we all collaborate and from which some of us believe we benefit. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) revised his thinking many times in the course of his career, in a successful attempt to become respectable, while Karl Marx (1818-1883) remained radical and continued to be a pariah in bourgeois cultural circles until long after his death.
Today, many intellectuals around the world work in the tradition of early Freudian research (before he revised his theories to receive wider acceptance); while many more have returned to the radical tradition of Marxian analysis. It is instructive to look at the revisionist work over the ensuing years distorting the theories of these two prolific, original thinkers in order to appreciate just how radical were their original theories, which threatened middle-class complacency and mass conformity to the status quo of 19th-century capitalist society before the First World War.
Re-reading Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) --which was standard undergraduate required reading at good American universities in the 1960s, including the ad nauseam interpretations of the infantile material in Freud’s own dreams-- one is impressed by the ‘ant-colony busy-work’ style of this effort. By appropriating fragmentary details from ideas and placing them in a coherent pattern of suppressed desires, he produced interpretations of the latent meanings expressed in manifest ideas, and in this way discovered and excavated the hidden reserve of the individual Unconscious for greater clarification of the Self, aiming at a relief from psychoneurotic symptoms. This endeavor was an exasperating task, and it was not always successful. Dream-work, as designed by Freud at the start of the 20th Century, was by no means enthusiastically received by professionals in the fields of psychology and medicine.
This was acknowledged in a 1914 footnote to the fourth edition of his classic book on dreams, where Freud commented that,
Havelock Ellis, a friendly critic of this book, writes (1911, 166): ‘This is the point at which many of us are no longer able to follow Freud.’ Havelock Ellis has not, however, carried out any analyses of dreams and refuses to believe how impossible it is to base one’s judgment on their manifest content.( Interpretation p.215, fnt. 1)
The warm fellowship of the International Psychoanalytical Association disintegrated over time, as elements within the Association built their own schools of interpretation, attracting their own following of disciples. Sociologists suggest that such a debacle is the destiny of any association based on shared ideas rather than on collective social interests.
More recently, University of California-Santa Cruz professor G. William Domhoff has cited Havelock Ellis as an original source confirming his own view that dream-work is no longer that which was designed by Freud over one hundred years ago. Instead, this work today must incorporate the socio-political context of the dreamer and his real relationships in the material world. Thus Professor Domhoff supports the intellectual migration from interpretations of latent meaning of repressed desires to an entirely different domain, the interpretation of real socio-political relationships expressed in dreams. For more detail on this revision of Freudian dream-work, see the four presentations below concerning dreams and reality :
From Dreams to Reality
The International Institute for Dream Research
Do Dreams Have Meaning? (Domhoff, 1994)
Toward a Neurocognitive Theory of Dreams
The link between individual psyches and the world-wide political economy is a field of study which continues to produce, most often in conservative sociological circles and in the applied sciences of marketing and industrial management. These are decidedly counter-revolutionary applications of deep scientific discoveries and constitute projects designed to protect the status quo.
The post-WW-II writings of Gaston Bachelard, on the other hand, represent an early attempt to cut through this Gordian Knot of applied science in service of the status quo, in order to connect the individual psyche with its global context and on to social contact for positive social change to fulfill genuine human needs. In a radical departure from his field in the philosophy of science, the famous unorthodox Sorbonne professor, turned to poetry as an instrument for deeper understanding of the human condition. His book, La poétique de l’espace (1958), which was translated into American by my friend and colleague in Paris, Ms. Maria Jolis, in 1964, was a phenomenological study of the subjective world connected with the objects of everyday life. It reads as an exploration of our truly human needs (as opposed to the artificial needs which are endlessly produced for us, and to our greater detriment!).
In his earlier book, the Psychoanalysis of Fire (1938), Bachelard had written that revisionist applications of science have done great damage to human understanding. Echoing Albert Einstein’s famous observation :
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” ,
Bachelard offers readers his own insights into the failure of human understanding :
Psychologists see first, then remember, then imagine; while psychoanalysts remember first, then see, then imagine; whereas the phenomenologist imagines first, then sees, then remembers . . . .
Today, we are still searching for a method to liberate the Unconscious, so that people can overcome the paralysis from neuroses which have crystallized in their bodies and minds due to long years of violent repression. Progressive intellectuals still seek to understand ways by which the masses can be awakened and become empowered to take possession of their lives, for the good of humankind and for their own good health. An ideal? Perhaps, but so was the ancient Greek myth of Icarus, long before our age of aviation . . . . !
In the 11 items below, CEIMSA readers can gain a close look at the obstacles they must face before they can realize their own potential growth and fulfillment. These impediments thrown up before us are the sources of our neuroses and pathologies; they serve to estrange us from ourselves and from one another, reducing us to obedient, predictable servitude and requiring us to elaborately disguise in 'bad faith' the expressions of our natural desires.
Item B., from NYU Professor Mark Crispin Miller, founder of News from the Underground, is a call by Dr. Carol Wolman MD reporting that nuke-related illnesses are increasing, as radiation worsens in Japan and that the government will not allow doctors to make their medical reports public.
Item C., from is an interview with evolutionary biologist Dr. Robert Wallace who analyzes the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as a consequence of neo-liberal economic policies.
Item D., from is an interview with Nii Akuetteh, Director at African Action, discussing the role of World Bank and IMF in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Item E., from is a political analysis by Ralph Nader, attempting to explain the significance of the GOP’s 2014 victories over the opposing Democrats.
Item F., from is another analysis by Paul Jay discussing the significance of elections in the USA today.
Item G., from Anonymous, is a review of two attempts to expose the origins of the 9/11 attack and the subsequent US government cover-up.
Item H., from Cynthia McKinney, is a call to join in support of Project Unspeakable, asking the question whether it is possible today to get a job in the US without signing a promise that you will never criticize Israel’, as she was faced with when running for the US Congress in 2002.
Item I., from Olivier Bochettaz, is a short video by The Provocateur Network which tells the story of The Federal Reserve and how it controls US society, in ‘The American Dream’.
Item J., from is a copy of the classic 2003 article by University of Ottawa professorMichel Chossudovsky explaining why Israeli imperialism is on the skids and what this means for 21st-century world history.
Item K., from University of Pennsylvania professor Edward S. Herman, is a defense of the BBC documentary, Rwanda's Untold Story -- produced by John Conroy— which Edward Herman and David Peterson recently published under the title of: Enduring Lies on Rwanda.
And finally, we invite CEIMSA readers to watch the PBS film adaptation of Daniel Yergin's book, "The PRIZE: Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power" at:
[The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil -- and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil.
This struggle has
shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the
destiny of men and nations.
It is as much a history of the twentieth century as of the oil industry itself,
from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm.]
Professor of American Studies
University of Grenoble-3
Director of Research
University of Paris-Nanterre
Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
From Thiru Balasubramaniam :
Dates: 30 October 2014
Subject : [HEALTHGAP] From Dylan Mohan Gray: Premiering “FIRE IN THE BLOOD” Worldwide on Al Jazeera TV & Online.
Dear Friends --
We are happy to announce that FIRE IN THE BLOOD will be broadcasting WORLDWIDE* on Al Jazeera English (AJE), starting on Friday, October 31st, at 8 pm GMT.
The full feature-length film will be shown in two parts, Episode One & Two, on AJE, while the full film will also be available for free viewing for a period of one week** at the following URL:
Below are the broadcasting times for London (GMT), Berlin (CET), Delhi (IST), Dubai (GST), Hong Kong (HKT), Johannesburg (SAST), Melbourne (AEDT), Moscow (MSK), São Paulo (BRST),Singapore (SGT) and Toronto (EDT/EST).
This will be the first screening run of FIRE IN THE BLOOD on Al Jazeera. Further runs are planned at later dates.
An "intricate tale of medicine, monopoly and malice," narrated by Academy Award-winner William Hurt, FIRE IN THE BLOOD has received widespread international critical acclaim, won several major awards and set the record for longest-running nonfiction film in Indian cinema history. Find out more atwww.fireintheblood.com and on Wikipedia.
Please help spread the word about these broadcasts among your networks so this vitally important film can reach as many people as possible!!
Many thanks and all the best --
DYLAN and all the team behind FIRE IN THE BLOOD
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From Mark Crispin Miller :
Dates: 30 October 2014
Subject : Japan won't let doctors report nuke-related illnesses, as radiation worsens since typhoon.
As the first article below shows, Doctors in Japan are being prevented from reporting radiation-related illnesses. Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear reactor complex wrecked by the earthquake/tsunami of March 2011, continues to spew radioactivity into the air and groundwater- the rate has increased by an order of magnitude since the recent typhoons. What are the health consequences to the Japanese people? We don't know, because, as the first article below says, Japanese doctors are prevented from reporting radiation-related diseases.
Despite the danger to his license, Dr. Mita Shigeru continues to publish his experiences. He moved his clinic out of Tokyo last spring because of the radiation, and recently published the second article below, which gives specifics on radiation levels and illnesses.
Given the suppression of information, which will intensify when the Japanese state secrets law goes into effect in December 2014 http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/japans-state-secret-law-unmolested/ International pressure is needed, to reveal the truth about Fukushima's deadly effects.
Please sign these two petitions:
Carol Wolman, MD
We think of radiation as a cancer causing
thing, but it also causes many other ailments. Much higher incidences of a
whole range of illnesses than they had in 2010, the year before the accident… We’re
also working with doctors in Japan, and some brave doctors are saying that
they’ve been threatened — that their hospital rights have been threatened — if
you tell your patient this illness is radiation related you’ll lose your right
to practice and things like that. So there’s enormous pressure on the medical
community to tell the patients that what they’re experiencing is not at all
related to radiation. The key is statistics, and the question is when will
the statistics be released for mortality, morbidity, and general illnesses…
We’re not seeing the data. The medical community now has to file every report
that it writes with the IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency, before
it’s issued. So if you’re a hospital, and you’ve got mortality data, you’re not
allowed to issue that to the public until those reports have been cleared by
the IAEA. Well, Article II of the IAEA charter is to promote nuclear power. So
even if the hospital was conscientious — there’s a lot of political pressure
not to be — but even if it was conscientious, there’s another step in the
process, and they’ve got to clear an IAEA hurdle before those numbers are
released. It’s truly frightening, the pressure the medical community is
undergoing in Japan. Very few of them are willing to tell the truth.
Arnie Gundersen, nuclear engineer, Oct. 20, 2014 (at 15:00 in): There’s experts out there like me – independent experts – who are saying that as many as a million cancers may result.
It is clear that Eastern Japan and Metropolitan Tokyo have been contaminated with radiation.
Contamination of the soil can be shown by measuring Bq/kg. Within the 23 districts of Metropolitan Tokyo, contamination in the east part is 1000-4000 Bq/kg and the west part is 300-1000 Bq/kg. The contamination of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, is 500 Bq/kg (Ce137 only). West Germany after the Chernobyl accident has 90 Bq/kg, Italy has 100 and France has 30 Bq/kg on average. Many cases of health problems have been reported in Germany and Italy. Shinjuku, the location of the Tokyo municipal government, was measured at 0.5-1.5 Bq/kg before 2011. Kodaira currently has 200-300 Bq/kg contamination.
I recommend all of you to watch the NHK program, “ETV special: Chernobyl nuclear accident: Report from a contaminated land”, which is available on Internet. I think it is important to acknowledge what people who visited Belarus and Ukraine, and heard the stories of the locals, have seen and felt there, and listen to those who served in rescue operations in Chernobyl in the past more than 20 years.
Their experience tells them that Tokyo should no longer be inhabited, and that those who insist on living in Tokyo must take regular breaks in safer areas.
Issues such as depopulation and state decline continue to burden the lives of second and third generation Ukrainians and Belarusians today, and I fear that this may be the future of Eastern Japan.
Since December 2011, I have conducted thyroid ultrasound examinations, thyroid function tests, general blood tests and biochemical tests on about 2000 people, mostly families in the Tokyo metropolitan area expressing concerns on the effects of radiation. I have observed that white blood cells, especially neutrophils, are decreasing among children under the age of 10. There are cases of significant decline in the number of neutrophils in 0-1 year-olds born after the earthquake (<1000). In both cases, conditions tend to improve by moving to Western Japan (Neutrophils 0-->4500). Patients report nosebleed, hair loss, lack of energy, subcutaneous bleeding, visible urinary hemorrhage, skin inflammations, coughs and various other non-specific symptoms.
Kodaira, in western Tokyo, is one of the least-contaminated areas in Kanto; however, we began to notice changes in children’s blood test results around mid-2013 even in this area. Contamination in Tokyo is progressing, and further worsened by urban radiation concentration, or the effect by which urban sanitation systems such as the sewage system, garbage collection and incineration condense radiation, because contaminated waste is gathered and compressed. Data measured by citizens’ groups showed that radiation levels on the riverbeds of Kawabori River in Higashiyamato and Higashimurayama in Tokyo have increased drastically in the last 1-2 years.
Other concerns I have include symptoms reported by general patients, such as persistent asthma and sinusitis. The patients show notable improvement once they move away.
I also observe high occurrences of rheumatic polymyalgia characterized by complaints such as “difficulty turning over,” “inability to dress and undress,” and “inability to stand up” among my middle-aged and older patients. Could these be the same symptoms of muscle rheumatism that were recorded in Chernobyl?
Changes are also noticeable in the manifestation of contagious diseases such as influenza, hand-foot-and-mouth disease and shingles.
Many patients report experiencing unfamiliar symptoms or sensing unusual changes in their bodies. Perhaps they feel comfortable speaking to me, knowing that my clinic posted signs informing of possible radiation-related symptoms immediately after the nuclear accident. Many young couples with small children and women worried about their grandchildren visit my clinic and earnestly engage in the discussion, and there is not a single patient who resists my critical views on the impacts of radiation.
Ever since 3.11, everybody living in Eastern Japan including Tokyo is a victim, and everybody is involved.
We discovered that our knowledge from the discipline of radiology was completely useless in the face of a nuclear disaster. The keyword here is “long-term low-level internal irradiation.” This differs greatly from medical irradiation or simple external exposure to radiation. I do not want to get involved in political issues; nonetheless, I must state that the policies of the WHO, the IAEA or the Japanese government cannot be trusted. They are simply far too distanced from the harsh realities that people in Chernobyl still face today.
The patients from Eastern Japan that I see here in Okayama have confirmed the feelings that I have had for a long time, since I was based in Tokyo. People are truly suffering from this utter lack of support. Since 3.11, mothers have researched frantically on radiation to protect their children. They studied in the midst of their hostile surroundings in Tokyo, where they could no longer trust either government offices or their children’s schools. Family doctors were willing to listen about other symptoms, but their faces turned red at the slightest mention of radiation and ignored the mothers’ questions. Mothers could not even talk openly to friends anymore as the atmosphere in Tokyo became more and more stifled.
I believe that it is our duty as medical doctors to instruct and increase awareness among the Japanese public. This is our role as experts, having knowledge of health that the general public does not possess. Three years have quickly passed since the disaster. No medical schools or books elaborate on radiation sickness. Nevertheless, if the power to save our citizens and future generations exists somewhere, it does not lie within the government or any academic association, but in the hands of individual clinical doctors ourselves.
Residents of Tokyo are unfortunately not in the position to pity the affected regions of Tohoku because they are victims themselves. Time is running short. I took an earlier step forward and evacuated to the west. My fellow doctors of medicine, I am waiting for you here. And to the people in Eastern Japan still hesitating, all my support goes to facilitating and enabling your evacuation, relocation, or a temporary relief in Western Japan.
From The Real News Network
Date: 17 October 2014
Subject : The Neo-Liberal Driven Epidemic, Ebola in West Africa.
The Neoliberal Outbreak of Ebola
Ebola in West Africa is a wake-up call : What the Ebola crisis tells us about our failing drug development system
From The Real News Network :
Dates: 8 November 2014
Subject : The role of the IMF & the World Bank in the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa.
After emerging from colonialism, many nations in the African continent were forced to accept economic arrangements that allowed multinational corporations to overwhelmingly benefit from the wealth and resources of the region, says policy analyst and activist Nii Akuetteh -
From Democracy Now ! :
Date: 6 November 2014
Subject: Ralph Nader on GOP’s 2014 Wins: Democrats.
Ralph Nader on GOP’s 2014 Wins: Democrats Can’t Use Citizens United, Voter Restriction Laws As Alibi
Election Night 2014 Coverage with Democracy Now!
From The Real News Network :
Date: 1 November 2014
Subject: Paul Jay: Top six ways Obama and the Democratic Party allowed a resurgence of the Republicans.
On Tuesday, American voters are going to choose which section of the American elite they want to govern them. Who says that's the choice? Conservative pundit George Will did, that was in the fall of 2008 during the Presidential elections. Here's what he had to say: "Surely in a democracy it's time for us to quit being sentimental and say the question we settle in an election is not whether elites shall rule but which elites shall rule."
From Anonymous :
Date: 1 November 2014
Subject: More on 0/11 . . . .
The CIA issued legal threats against two film producers who have discovered intimate details of a cover up regarding the intelligence agency and two of the purported 9/11 hijackers.
CIA Threatens 9/11 Researchers After Discovery Of Cover Up Details
Wikileaks Exposes 9/11 Conspirators!!!
From Cynthia McKinney :
Date: 7 November 2014
Subject: Support Project Unspeakable--Reclaim the USA that was meant to be!
Support the TRUTH about the Assassinations of the 1960s that changed our country; memory will allow us to recapture now the USA that we should have had back then. Support Project Unspeakable.
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"Be true to who you are. Don't worry how others may view you. Society is ill, infected with racism, homophobia, and violence. Always remember, it is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to such a profoundly sick society." Coretta Scott King
"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The biggest weapon in the hands of the oppressors is the minds of the oppressed." Steve Biko
"Make your spirit flexible, and nothing will ever bend you out of shape." Wisdom by Taro Gold
From Olivier Bochettaz
Date: 5 November 2014
Subject : The Implication of the Banking System in the Creation of the American Dream Myth.
You might not remember me, but I was one of your students in 2007-2008 at Stendhal University. I was part of the "LLCE Anglais" program. I deeply enjoyed the nature and orientation of your teachings. I am now a teacher and a MFA student at California State University, Long Beach, and somehow, I have been thinking about you lately.
More precisely, I am writing to you because of a documentary by Tad Lumpkin that came out a few years ago, "The American Dream" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPWH5TlbloU). Although it has, at times, an annoying conspiracy-theory tone, I believe it could be highly instrumental in your CEIMSA letters (which I read systematically), or for your undergraduate seminars.
In a few words, it is a cartoon describing in a simplified, mundane, vulgarized manner, the implication of the banking system in the creation of the American Dream. It discusses at length the caustic relationships between federal reserve, banks, and governments. Very informative. Very critical.
I know you are very busy, but when you have time, please take a look at the documentary; I am fairly sure you will be interested in it.
From Global Research :
Date: 10 December 2003
Subject : Israel on the Skids.
The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military agenda, which was launched at the end of the Cold War. The ongoing war agenda is a continuation of the 1991 Gulf War and the NATO led wars on Yugoslavia (1991-2001).
America's War for Global Domination
by Michel Chossudovsky
From Edward S. Herman :
Date: 3 November 2003
Subject : Herman and Peterson: defense of the BBC report of Rwanda, ‘Enduring Lies on Rwanda’.
David Peterson and I have written an answer to the 38 individuals who attacked BBC for its program on Rwanda. Click below for a copy of this reply, and there is also a mode of ordering our book on “Rwanda, Enduring Lies.”
Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, “The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack
on the BBC 2’s Documentary on Rwanda,” MRZine, November1, 2014.
< http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/hp011114.html >
Also, and more important, see Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide in the Propaganda System, 20 Years Later (The Real News Books, 2014, available in both print and Kindle formats). < http://tinyurl.com/lg2tt3m >
See: Rwanda's Untold Story, by Producer Director John Conroy.