Intoxication, Modernity, and Colonialism: Freud’s Industrial by Dušan I. Bjelić

By Dušan I. Bjelić

This booklet depicts how Freud’s cocaine and Benjamin’s cannabis illustrate opinions of modernity and messianic emancipations throughout the pleasures of intoxicating discourse. Freud came across the “libido” and “unconscious” within the business mimetic scheme of cocaine, while Benjamin came across an idea for his critique of phantasmagoria and its variation psychoanalysis in hashish’s mimesis. furthermore, as a part of the heritage of colonialism, either medications generated designated colonial discourses and, hence, assorted understandings of the emancipatory powers of delight, the subconscious, and goals. in spite of everything, nice principles do not unencumber; they intoxicate.

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BJELIĆ structure of scientific organization and its fabulous ability to process subaltern materiality to meet the Empire’s needs. Between the conquest of Peru and the delivery of Coca leaves to the German laboratory in which cocaine had been extracted stands the history of European power and knowledge mitigating these two ends. As we have seen, the Spanish colonization of Peru and the promises of gold forced the Spanish King’s hand to take direct control over the conquered territory. The greed for gold thus ushered in a new mode of power by which Spain incorporated a distant territory into its system of government.

By transforming the child into a phantasmagorical “primitive man,” Freud extended colonial space to unconscious space, that is into a repressed zone of the Oedipal conflict. Benjamin’s appreciation of the child’s mimetic abilities functions, on the other hand, as an antidote to the Oedipal conflict. By way of doubling down on the child’s fantasies and via hallucinatory imaginations inspired by hashish, Benjamin politicized the child showing it to be the opposite of Freud’s reason. When Benjamin in his paper on children’s toys equates a “beaten up” doll by the child’s fantasy at play with a worker beaten down by capitalism, his mimesis in fact reconstitutes Freud’s etiology of hysteria in a revolutionary key; the “abused” doll corresponds to the traumatic memory of hysterical fantasies; Freud’s infant’s intoxication through a fantasy of rape corresponds to the child’s “rape” of a doll by playful fantasies.

This seemed so great a treasure that the Crown determined to assume direct control by the appointment of a viceroy. In 1543 this form of government was instituted, and from this period commenced the persecution and oppression of the conquered Indians until they were reduced to abject slaves” (Mortimer 1974, 105–106). References Anderson, Warwick, et al. 2011. Unconscious Dominion: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Arendt, Hannah. 1968.

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