Bulletin N° 634






16 November 2014
Grenoble, France



Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,


According to Wilhelm Reich, the metaphors of Freudian psychology had been surpassed by scientific understanding of the principles of bioenergy. The stasis in energy flow, which Freud called psychoneurosis, is found in the musculature of the organism, the origins of which date back to early childhood experiences. In the classic sociological distinction between nature and nurture, Reich emphasized the effects of external social conditions on the almost immutable character development of an individual. With this, he shared common theoretical assumptions with Marxist/Leninist theory, for which Freud never forgave him; nor did the Communist Party accept the explanation that conditioned sexual repression was the source of economic exploitation and political injustice.


Freud branded Reich as a “Bolshevik” in 1933, and he had written earlier at the end of 1929 that,

The Communists believe they have found way of delivering us from this evil. Man is whole-heartedly good and friendly to his neighbor, they say, but the system of private property has corrupted his nature. The possession of private property gives power to the individual and thence the temptation arises to ill-treat his neighbor; the man who is excluded from the possession of property is obliged to rebel in hostility against the oppressor. If private property were abolished, all valuables held in common and all allowed to share in the enjoyment of them, ill-will and enmity would disappear from among men. Since all needs would be satisfied, none would have any reason to regard another as an enemy; all would willingly undertake the world which is necessary. I have no concern with any economic criticisms of the communistic system; I cannot enquire into whether the abolition of private property is advantageous and expedient.* But I am able to recognize that psychologically it is founded on an untenable illusion. By abolishing private property one deprives the human love of aggression of one of its instruments, a strong one undoubtedly, but assuredly not the strongest. It in no way alters the individual differences in power and influence which are turned by aggressiveness to its own use, not does it change the nature of the instinct in any way. This instinct did not arise as the result of property; it reigned almost supreme in primitive times when possessions were still extremely scanty...Suppose that personal rights to material goods are done away with, there still remain prerogatives in sexual relationships, which must arouse the strongest rancor and most violent enmity among men and whom who are otherwise equal. Let us suppose this were also to be removed by instituting complete liberty in sexual life, so that the family, the germ-cell of culture, ceased to exist; one could not, it is true, foresee the new paths on which culture development might then proceed, but one thing one would be bound to expect and that is that the ineffaceable feature of human nature would follow it wherever it led.


*Anyone who has been through the misery of poverty in his youth, and has endured the indifference and arrogance of those who have possessions, should be exempt from the suspicion that he has no understanding of or goodwill towards the endeavors made to fight the economic inequality of men and all that it leads to. To be sure, if an attempt is made to base this fight upon an abstract demand for equality for all in the name of justice, there is a very obvious objection to be made, namely, that nature began the injustice by the highly unequal way in which she endows individuals physically and mentally, for which there is no help." (footnote, p.41) (Freud, Civilization and its Discontents (1930), pp.41-2)



Lenin’s carefully considered criticism of Sigmund Freud were captured in a 1920 discussion with Clara Zetkin in Moscow :

The extension of Freudian hypotheses seems ‘educated’, even scientific, but it is ignorant, bungling. Freudian theory is the modern fashion. I mistrust the sexual theories of the articles, dissertations, pamphlets, etc., in short, of that particular kind of literature which flourishes luxuriantly in the dirty soil of bourgeois society. I mistrust those who are always contemplating the several questions, like the Indian saint his navel. It seems to me that these flourishing sexual theories which are mainly hypothetical, and often quite arbitrary hypotheses, arise from the personal need to justify personal abnormality or hypertrophy in sexual life before bourgeois morality, and to entreat its patience. This masked respect for bourgeois morality seems to me just as repulsive as poking about in sexual matters. However wild and revolutionary the behavior may be, it is still really quite bourgeois. It is, mainly, a hobby of the intellectuals and of the sections nearest them. There is no place for it in the Party, in the class-conscious, fighting proletariat.(Excerpt from :  “Lenin on the Women’s Question” (1920), in My Memorandum Book, by Clara Zetkin)


Zetkin fought back, as you can see in her Memorandum Book, telling Lenin that the exploitation of women was particular and that a theoretical grasp of this phenomenon was necessary for revolutionary socialist action. Did Freudian psychoanalysis offer such an understanding? Lenin thought not; it should be “mistrusted” as bourgeois escapist fantasies used to prop up the status quo !


The communists of Vienna and elsewhere seem to have had a more ambivalent view of Freud: was he on to something big, or was he simply a charlatan?


BBC Magazine: “1913: When Hitler, Trotsky, Tito, Freud and Stalin all lived in the same place,”


by Andy Walker


Psycho-Analysis and Marxism


by JD Bernal

First published in The Labour Monthly, Vol. 19, July 1937, No. 7, pp. 435-437.


A careful reading of The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) offers no conclusive evidence as to the scientific status of Freud’s research. The most one might say is that both Freud and Lenin conformed to the scientific dogma of their day by building new theories on the logical critique past ideas. The work of Thomas Kuhn, Paradigm Shift, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) suggests that this is not an historically accurate description of the way new scientific theories are born.


The 9 items below, offer CEIMSA readers additional information about pathogenic behaviors in the constipated society where which we live.


Item A., from TelesurEnglish, is an article on the Grand Jury investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri police execution of Michael Brown.


Item B., from Democracy Now!, is an interview with former Marine Captain Matthew Hoh, discussing hidden impacts of war on those Americans who serve.


Item C., from Democracy Now!, is a presentation by Phil Donahue of his new documentary film “Body of War,’ the story of the life of Iraqi-war-veteran-turned-anti-war activist Tomas Young, who has died on 10 November 2014 at the age of 34.


Item D., from Boston historian Jim O’Brien, founder of Historians Against The War, is a series of recommended recent articles + information on the up-coming conference on the centenary of World War I, to be held next week in New York City.


Item E., from Daily Kos, is the introduction to the power behind the throne :The Man Who Made the Democratic Party What It Is Today’.


Item F., from The Real News Network, is a discussion with Public Citizen's director of Global Trade Watch, Lori Wallach speaking about the possible future of two neo-liberal economic programs that are challenging the traditional powers of the nation state:  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


Item G., from Democracy Now!, is an interview with retired US Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, author of Why We Lost, a critical account of the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.


Item H., from Information Clearing House, is a video illustrating the organized murder program being carried out by NATO supported forces in Ukraine.


Item I., from Democracy Now!, is a series of reports on Police Brutality against poor people across the United States of America.



An finally, we invite CEIMSA readers to watch the award-winning documentary film :



A Sigmund Freud Documentary

(Parts 1 through 5)






Francis Feeley

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 TelesurEnglish :

Date: 13 November 2014

Subject: The Executioners on Trial in Ferguson, Missouri.



World Awaits Grand Jury Decision on Fate of Officer Wilson







From Democracy Now! :

Date: 11 Novmeber 2014

Subject: The Cost of Imperialist War.




An interview with Matthew Hoh, a former Marine who fought in Iraq, discussing hidden impacts of war on those who serve. In 2009, Hoh became the first known U.S. official to resign in protest over the Afghan War. "The costs of these wars are hidden," Hoh says. "Men and women coming from war have always been afflicted by suicide. The problem is we don’t get help until we hit rock bottom." Twenty-two U.S. veterans commit suicide every day, a toll that has surpassed the number of soldiers killed in combat.


On Eve of Veterans Day, a Former Soldier Speaks Out

on Hidden Costs of War from PTSD to Suicide







From Democracy Now! :

Date: 11 November 2014

Subject: Anti-War Activist Tomas Young dies at age 34.




As the nation marks Veterans Day, we remember the Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, who died this week at the age of 34. He enlisted in the military just after the Sept. 11 attacks. On April 4, 2004 — his fifth day in Iraq — Young’s unit came under fire in the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City. Young was shot and left paralyzed, never to walk again. Young returned home and became an active member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He remained in and out of the hospital for the rest of his life. Young was later featured in the documentary "Body of War" directed by Ellen Spiro and the legendary television broadcaster Phil Donahue.


Paralyzed Iraq War Vet Turned Peace Activist Tomas Young Dies on Eve of Veterans Day







From Historians Against War :

Date: 10 Novemberl 2014

Subject: HAW Notes 11/7/14: opposing US bombing campaign; links to recent articles of interest.




Note: This message was to be sent last Friday, Nov. 7 but did not go out due to problems with the email server.


The HAW Steering Committee has signed-on to a campaign by more than twenty national peace and justice groups to oppose the current US bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. The joint statement (at http://winwithoutwar.org/alternatives-to-war) poses a range of nonmilitary options for countering the growth of ISIS. It urges people to contact members of Congress, preferably during the period November 11-16 after a lame-duck session of Congress convenes.



Links to Recent Articles of Interest


"US Dilemma in Syria: Moderate Stronghold Falls to Al-Qaeda, Fighters Desert to Extremists"


By Juan Cole, History News Network, posted November 3

The author teaches history at the University of Michigan.


"The Long, Shameful History of American Terrorism"

By Noam Chomsky, In These Times, posted November 3


"Gaza: How We Got There ... and the Prospects for Peace"

By William R. Polk, History News Network, posted October 31

A lengthy article rich in historical background


"Whose Side Is Turkey On?"

By Patrick Cockburn, London Review of Books, posted October 24


"The Importance of Being Exceptional: From Ancient Greece to Twenty-First Century America"

By David Bromwich, TomDispatch.com, posted October 23

The author teaches English at Yale University.


"MI5 Spied on Leading British Historians for Decades, Secret Files Reveal"

By Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, posted October 23


"The Legacy of WW1 Shell Shock for PTSD-TBI"

By Jerry LembckeCounterPunch.org, posted October 22

The author is a Vietnam veteran who teaches sociology at the College of the Holy Cross.


"Western Imperialists Have Been Bombing Iraq for 100 Years"

By Nicholas J. S. Davies, AlterNet.org, posted October 20


"Lessons for Today's Social Movements from Gandhi's Salt March"

By Mark Engler and Paul EnglerIn These Times, posted October 17


"Celebrating the Life of Peace Hero Fred Branfman"

By Jeremy KuzmarovCounterPunch.org, posted October 1

The author teaches history at the University of Tulsa.


The above list was edited by Steve Gosch and Jim O'Brien with thanks to Rosalyn Baxandall, Mim Jackson, and Jerry Lembcke for suggesting articles that are included.





From Daily Kos :

Date: 9 November 2014

Subject: The Trans-Pacific Partnership.




Al From was one of the key organizers of this anti-populist movement, and he lays out [in his new book] in detail his multi-decade organizing strategy and his reasons for what he did.... In 2000...Clinton said of From, “It would be hard to think of a single American citizen who, as a private citizen, has had a more positive impact on the progress of American life in the last 25 years than Al From.”...


The Man Who Made the Democratic Party What It Is Today


If you're a political junkie you've probably heard the name before. If you haven't, meet Al From:




From The Real News Network :

Date: 9 November 2014

Subject: The Trans-Pacific Partnership.




There are two deals in the pipeline, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, also known as TTIP. Many recent reports suggest a GOP-controlled Senate is conducive to Obama's goal of wrapping up the delayed TPP and TTIP talks, but according to Public Citizen's director of Global Trade Watch, Lori Wallach, the opposite is true.



How Will the GOP-Controlled Senate Affect Trade Deals?
In the second part of our series, we look at how the new Republican majority will complicate Obama's efforts to move forward on two trade deals, TPP and T-TIP.






From Democracy Now ! :

Date: 12 November  2014

Subject: The Trans-Pacific Partnership.




Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, a retired three-star U.S. general who helped command troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, joins us to discuss his new book, "Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars." Bolger writes: "I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem, to wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry." Bolger is now calling for a public inquiry along the lines of the 9/11 Commission to look into why the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone so poorly.



Why We Lost: Retired U.S. General Calls for Public Inquiry into Failures of Iraq, Afghan Wars







From Information Clearing House :

Date: 12 November 2014

Subject: Organized Murder in Ukraine.



Video of “our side” in the Ukrainian civil war carrying out part of the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Mikhail Koval’s, extermination plan.

Car with a mounted video camera belonging to members of Ukrainian punitive nationalist battalion was caputred earlier this week by self-defense forces of Donetsk People’s Republic. Part of the video shows Ukrainian radicals taking several locals to a large hole in the ground in a wooded area, make locals get in the hole and then shot them.

How Our People Do Their Extermination-Jobs in Ukraine
by Eric Zuesse


Secretary of Defence about concentration camp for Eastern Ukraine people.







From Democracy Now ! :

Date: October  2014

Subject: The Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Democracy Now! has documented scandals of police brutality across the country. Scroll through the stories below to see our coverage of the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and protests calling for the arrest of the officer who shot him. In New York City we reported on the death of Eric Garner after police placed him in a chokehold as he repeatedly told them, "I can’t breathe!" The encounter was recorded by an onlooker using his smartphone. We have also documented the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a 68-year-old Marine veteran shot by police inside his own home after he mistakenly set off his LifeAid medical alert pendant. In 2011-2012 we covered the police crackdown on the Occupy movement, and spoke to Scott Olsen, who survived two tours in Iraq but nearly died when he was hit with a police projectile at an Occupy Oakland protest. We also interview loved ones of police victims, and feature conversations with advocates like Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.


Police Brutality