Author, Political Psychologist, Psychoanalyst

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The Psychology of Public Life in an Age of Looming Autocracy
  • When Kristi Noem first bragged about shooting her puppy, Cricket, in the face, little did she know that, politically, she was shooting herself in the foot. Similarly, she surely did not expect that murdering her male goat because (shockingly) it had a strong goat smell and was thus “disgusting” would lead her hero, Donald Trump, to terminate
  • Like many, I am overcome with bilious revulsion at the sight of the bloody and mangled remains of children strewn among the rubble in Gaza. For Netanyahu’s psychopathic coalition of Israeli theocrats, that is just the messy ground-clearing phase of the ethnic cleansing required to make the area safe for
  • Since completing Hatreds We Love, my book on the psychology of political tribalism, one particular set of questions has lingered in my mind: In an authoritarian movement, such as that organized around Donald Trump, how is the collective power of the tribe reconciled with the absolute power of the aspiring autocrat? The former is about the primacy of the group over all other considerations. The latter is about the unquestionable will of an individual. How is the tension between these opposing forces resolved so that they can operate together to animate fascist political behavior?
  • Hamas’ Brer Rabbit Approach to Terrorism and the Moral Myopia of the Identitarian Left
  • The Long-Term Goal of Curricular Fascism
  • Today, June 13, 2023, Donald Trump was arraigned on thirty-seven criminal counts in Florida related to mishandling classified documents and obstructing justice by refusing to return them. “Mishandling” seems a pretty tepid term for leaving nuclear and other military secrets lying around his faux luxury Mar a Lago bathroom for wandering Saudi, Chinese, or Russian agents to read on the shitter. But unsurprisingly, MAGA Republicans appear to see no problem in this episode other than the Justice Department's attempt to hold him accountable. Their fervid flag-waving has always been an unfunny joke. Since the former president's first open invitation to Russia to help him get elected, the GOP's fawning amen chorus in Congress has made it clear its allegiance rests with the leader, not the country. No praise could be too loud. Yet, given the magnitude of Trump's current disregard for national security, their fascist virtue-signaling could pose a moral dilemma.
  • A Close Look at What Makes Yellowstone a Red-State Fable That This Blue-State Intellectual Can’t Stop Watching, Part Six
  • A Close Look at What Makes Yellowstone a Red-State Fable That This Blue-State Intellectual Can’t Stop Watching, Part Five
  • A Close Look at What Makes Yellowstone a Red-State Fable That This Blue-State Intellectual Can’t Stop Watching, Part Four
  • A Close Look at What Makes Yellowstone a Red-State Fable That This Blue-State Intellectual Can’t Stop Watching, Part Three
  • A Close Look at What Makes Yellowstone a Red-State Fable That This Blue-State Intellectual Can’t Stop Watching, Part Two
  • A Close Look at What Makes Yellowstone a Red-State Fable That This Blue-State Intellectual Can’t Stop Watching, Part One
  • The Psychology of Public Life in an Age of Looming Autocracy
  • This is Minding Politics.