Sunday, June 4, 2017


Back in the early days of The Keeling Curve,  two decades before the late great  Energy Crisis , the debate was over as to the psychological underpinnings  of American culture.  Freud Ruled.
Climate Modeling On The Couch - It's enough to make an historian yawn.

A Penn professor has just published a New Republic essay on just how fast zealously embraced   cultural memes can unravel, which resonates with the Paris Accord's  recent reversal of fortune. In the aftermath of the 2009 Copenhagen conference implosion, NGO's Climate activists, and PR flacks are  all entitled to indulge  in a bit of denial. Conducted with  the cultic  pomp of  the Council of Nicea, or the Diet of Worms, the  Copenhagen  COP  was  designed to define  an  authoritative  and legally binding regulatory system as the Kyoto Agreement's successor.

It didn't happen. Despite much applied behavioral science and a media blitz,  the world  didn't  conform to  the organizer's  expectations, so as analyst-watcher Martin Beckman notes of his earlier example :  
The decline of psychoanalytic authority among mental health professionals may be irreversible. Nonetheless, Freud’s language is woven into the everyday ways we speak of our own identities. 
The same  is true for our politics,  despite  the  efforts of post-war  American psychoanalysts  to purge their science of  political analysis  and commitment.