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Old June 21st, 2016 #4
Alex Linder
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Alex Linder

John Murray Cuddihy, The Ordeal of Civility

PP 1-14 (1:30)
pp 15-37 (ch 1-2 on freud) (1:31)

pp 38-57 (ch 3-4, on freud) (1:17)

Notes: Jewish Emancipation. ticket of admission to European society is not civil rights but bourgeois rites. podhoretz: association of jewishness with vulgarity and lack of cultivation. where marx has revolution, freud has sublimation. neurosis = ambition unprepared for sacrifice? (rieff). Anno O, first patient, cured of fear of drinking water thru catharsis of speaking about seeing dog drinking out of governess's glass. after she talked about it, fear dissappeared. she had been living off fruit for six weeks, went back to drinking water. cathartic cure of problem brought on by disease of civility - she couldnt mention the dog drinking because it was impolite. psychoanalysis sprang from this: realizing strangled emotions produce neurotic symptoms; these syptoms disappear when the unconscious strangulation reason is made conscious. essentially, freud says bottling up or misdirectly anger leads to neuroticism his talking cure can fix. jew passes from rural poland to polished vienna. he rises economically and professionally but at a mental cost. freud lets him revert to his primary socialization as dirty yid, inside the consulting room. ... collision between non-modernized and modernized peoples - is how cuddihy sees it. but this only one way to look at it, and not the best way, for it doesn't account for how jews see themselves and the goyim, particularly the whiteskins, they move among. cuddihy doesnt pick up enough on jewish hatred of goyim, nor its depth. henry james also a psych, also a rebel, but worded his shocking insights or arguments smoothly, whereas freud deliberately made them rawly offensive to the christian-bourgeois mores of his time. ... ch 4. freud's father had his hat knocked into dirt by goy, did nothing about it. this is the heart of freud's hatred of goyim, and it led him to identify with hannibal's father, who made hannibal swear revenge on rome. "machmores, jud" - step aside in narrow way, mind your manners. manner conceal libido or aggression, the 2 faces of the id. core theory of psychoanalysis comes from freud's attempt to explain why Oedipus Rex had such a hold over him - he generalized the idea of loving mother, wanting to kill father - to humanity. oedipus road scene = scene with freud's father and "enemy of our people." moral parricide. replacement of father with better example. freud refused to close window on train, against angry christians, challenged them to a fight, they didnt accept. he saw moses as gentile because he was angry and would fight.