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Ideological Possession and the Rise of the New Right

The Political Thought of Carl Jung, 1st Edition

By Laurie M. Johnson


224 pages

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Political theorist Laurie M. Johnson deals with Jung’s analysis of the effects of modern scientific rationalism on the development of communism, fascism and Nazism in the 20th century and applies this analysis to the rise of the New Right in the 21st century.

Jung’s thought provides much needed insight into contemporary ideologies such as neoliberalism, Identitarianism and the Alt-Right. Johnson explains Jungian analytical psychology as it relates to these topics, with a chapter devoted to Jung’s views of Friedrich Nietzsche, who exemplifies the modern problem with his proclamation that God is dead, and an in-depth discussion of Jung’s views on truth and the psychological function of religion as a safeguard against deadly mass movements. She then turns to Jung’s treatment of anti-Semitism and the Nazi movement, and his views on race and racism.

Johnson applies these historical insights to the current manifestations of mass psychological disruption in the clash between neoliberals and the right-wing populist and Identitarian movements on the rise in North America and Europe. She concludes by discussing the search for an authentic and meaningful life in a West that rejects extremism and is open to authentic spiritual experiences as a counterbalance to mass mindedness.

Ideological Possession and the Rise of the New Right will appeal to both undergraduate and graduate students of psychology and intellectual history. The book will also be of interest to those interested in understanding the new nationalist, nativist, and identarian movements.

Table of Contents

1. Jung’s Political Thought: An Introduction

2. Lessons from Nietzsche

3. Jung’s Psycho-Theological History

4. Jung and the Nazi Movement

5. Jung and Race

6. Signs of Mass Psychosis

7. The Rise of the New Right

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Laurie M. Johnson is Professor of the Political Science at Kansas State University. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Political Thought, ancient and modern political thought, as well as a graduate seminar in political thought. Dr. Johnson has published seven other books, most concentrating on the development of modern liberal ideas and the limits of liberalism, the latest Honor in America? Tocqueville on the American Enlightenment. Other books include Thucydides, Hobbes, and the Interpretation of Realism, Hobbes’s Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes: Turning Point for Honor, and Locke and Rousseau: Two Enlightenment Responses to Honor. She has published in numerous scholarly journals such as IO-International Organization, Journal of Political Science Education, and Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Critical Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory