I think that I am inventing and developing my own political position, and with it a title that I have just invented (and will probably change)- A Psychoanalytic Anarchist. That could easily fall into Psycho-Anarchist!
In other words, I’ve become aware of how I respond to information that comes into my consciousness and become aware of my instinctive responses. As a result of becoming aware of these responses, I’ve started to analyse whether the response is triggered by a tribal attachment or whether it is of on an intellectual grounding.
Because most of my responses are of little or no intellectual engagement. In fact there is a huge part of me that doesn’t want to engage intellectually AT ALL with the stimulus. I just want the pleasure of knowing whether I am right/they are wrong or whether I am better/they are worse than me.
For instance there are certain key words that I respond to like; anti-immigration, sovereignty and national pride etc that trigger an instantaneous and visceral response.
Although anarchism sounds very nihilistic, it could also be very positive. The word actually originates from the Greek word anarkhos which literally means without leader, and although I don’t believe that a society can function without a leader, I think that the notion and function of leader must always be challenged.
And by leader I mean in all areas. Political, intellectual, artistic, cultural, psychoanalytical and philosophical.
Our need to be part of a tribe and led by a particular kind of leader is not just something that we’ve picked up along the way. It is a part of our psychic structure that has it’s origins before even our acquisition of language – going back in the mythology of our ancestors, and I believe that in order to develop and progress we need to understand what they are and not just react.