It’s all psychological, innit…

Whilst not being a great fan of Freud, Will Hutton is on to something when he claims (near the end of this piece) that politics can be more about unscientific emotions than rational choices, the grammar of which territory we largely owe to old Siegmund (150 years old yesterday).

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • fartrick

    can i ride his mother

  • fartrick

    whoops…that was a freudian slip…good article

  • Nice one Mick.
    Freud examines causes rather than effects.
    In a simple sense I’m sure he would agree that it would be far healthier to find happiness and balance within, ( Enlightenment ) before one adopts a religious posture; lest the inner powerful impulses of religion, and the external self-righteousness become a mask for mans’s inner unsolved inadequaces.
    Or: face your own inner demons, before you attempt to grapple with the demons in society.
    ie Don’t hide behind God-speak.

  • Roger

    ” politics can be more about unscientific emotions than rational choices, the grammar of which territory we largely owe to old Siegmund (150 years old yesterday).”
    Eh? Freud was inspired by unscientific emotions himself, for all his claims to be scientific, and people could certainly analyse and examine them long before that. Look at Herodotus.