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A very telling analysis, but of course, there are different kinds of Marxists. I like Georges Bataille, for instance.

Excellent post! This could describe the dynamics of every ideological movement. For me, your analysis raises a question as to whether purges are better understood as defenses against disintegration of the self or are they better understood as paranoid reactions. The temptation is to say they are both, but then we get into the problem of designating the nature of basic motivation for psychic activity i.e. self-organization/cohesion or drive discharge? Any thoughts?

Selfpsy,

Thanks! You want a dissertation? Seriously, as many of us have, I've given considerable thought and effort to the question and believe the answers may end up being found in neuroscience rather than strictly independent theoretical construction. Funny, isn't that where Freud began?

If you haven't done so already, you might want to take a look at Alan Schore's work. Schore bridges neuroscience, psychoanalysis and self psychology. I think the neuroscience is favoring the self psychological view, affirming the centrality of affect regulation/self-cohesion.

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