The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Monday, June 18, 2007
THE MASSES ARE ASSES, BRAYED THE DONKEY: The Jungian psychologist
Erich Neumann had an explanation for scapegoating. When people can't accept the corruption within themselves, he argued, they project it instead on others: "evil is always experienced by mass man as something alien, and the victims of shadow projection are therefore, always and everywhere, aliens."

For Neumann, presumably, the aliens were "mass man," onto whom he could project his own propensity for scapegoating.

I wanted to work that line into my Reason article today, about the socialite-scapegoat Paris Hilton, but I couldn't make it fit. So I put it here in the scrapheap. (Enjoy!)

Speaking of my articles: A while back the journal Qiyamat accepted a commentary I wrote on an old Bernard Lewis book, The Origins of Is'mailism. Unfortunately, it looks like there won't be any more issues of Qiyamat. Fortunately, the editor published the review anyway, on his Ismailism Blog. The curious can read it there.


posted by Jesse 3:26 PM
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