Our country is beset by an epidemic of meanness the focus of which is once again the “undeserving poor” and the visible minorities.The target is the social network that protects the poor from total destitution and despair.Police abuse and impropriety is under protest across the nation.L.R. enjoins”Focus!”at the same time that the mechanism of the blog insists on following the dialogue and commentary.How do we examine the horror of the recent terrorist acts in France and the resurfacing of antisemitism that is centuries old as well as the specter of a radical Islam purveying an extreme belief set and determined to propogate by the sword?
The microcosm of the New Haven model city can only outline the dilemma but is not useless.With the converging on New Haven of issues involving civil rights, the Panthers.displaced issues from Chicago(The Bobby Seale trial),it is inconceivable that Washington did not provide resources and consultation to its “model city”.(The support of the police/community interaction through the police chief is a prior example given here.) I believe that the embroilment of the U.S.A in police issues gave a signal to the world that the U.S. was unable to assume a leadership role in the dialogue between enfrachisement and disenfranchisement.The use of the words immersification and ontology indicates that the academic world has a language of its own to describe that which others certainly feel and experience.That language is an “in” language and the issues need to be posited in language that all can understand.The writing of papers supporting individual careers is insufficient when critical ideas are transiting.(The conclusion given to “When warring Goups Meet” was incorrect, the exercise did what it was supposed to do!)In the world of 1960s communication we had time even though we didn’t think so. In today’s world communication is too swift to be controlled so ontology cannot shield immersification.
Among the identifiable millenials in communication with the octogenarians are two grandchildren.Through my eldest grandson I know that the dogma of spreading Islam by the sword was only a 100 year phenomenon not proselytyzed thereafter and repudiated by both Sunni and Shiite.However,the dispute between Sunni and Shiite is quite real and centuries old ,forcing us to recognize that religion and ideology are easily and dangerously entwined.Apparently so too are science and ideology.I’ll forego “Creationism” and go back to the retrospectoscope of 1960s New Haven.Lou Fierman my old chief at the West Haven V.A. in one of his last communications indicated that Fritz Redlich the then chair of Psychiatry and subsequently Dean of the Yale medical School, on recruiting faculty, said unequivocally”make no mistake this is an analytic department” Psychoanalysis was and is a useful tool but it is not “truth” and in an attempt to avoid the ideology of analysis a number of residents found refuge in “identity theory” supplied in part by the elder Erikson.It is not accidental that the contemporary effort to understand radicalization and the effects of inequity worldwide make heavy use of an identity concept.Freud was no doubt a genius but it is our responsibility to stand on the shoulders of the great to peer farther ahead. We seem to have a penchant for deifying great people and to bring progress from them to a halt.At any rate the combination of ideology and the closing off of free investigation and dialogue is a recipe for trouble.
I believe that the U.S. symbolizes the essence of constitutional democracy.We are the world’s “model” country. Our President must carry that symbolism through the world through his role and our example.The world(all of it) watches national response to immigration reform,relations with Cuba(including Guantanamo),reactions from the right against presidential executive action(there would appear to be no other possibility) and reactions from the left to attempts to compromise.Our inability to assume a leadership role in the world (including the use of raw military power) might even signal to those who believe overly in symbolic representation, a mystical opportunity for producing overthrow of the existing social order.Those with no “cards of identity” to draw against have nothing to lose particularly if supported by a mystical ideology that gives them recognition and something to gain.