Why Do Haters Hate?
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Episode 23: Why Do Haters Hate? | Diogenes of Sinope & Cynicism
Written by: Mia Wood
Created & Directed by: Jared Bauer
Narrator: Nathan Lowe
Animation Producer: MB X. McClain
Original Music & Sound by: David Krystal (http://www.davidkrystalmusic.com)
Animation Consultant: Matt Reichle
Producer & Additional Artwork by: Jacob S. Salamon
Why Do Haters Hate?
It’s not uncommon for people to vote for parties contrary to their social situation, to work for bosses that treat them horribly, and stick by family members no matter how hideous they may be. Instead of rioting, quitting their jobs, or moving out, people may accept more taxes, request more hours at lesser pay, and continue to live in their mother’s basement. But where does this desire come from?
For French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and militant anti-psychiatric Felix Guattari the desire for oppression comes from the belief that people should repress their desires. And through this technique of repression, the masses are primed to accept fascism.
Fascism isn’t just something that happens within governments—fascism is inside every one of us- it is a fascination with and love of power. People yearn to be ruled, protected, humiliated, and dominated. They’re aroused by their unconscious desire to submit to strength—the despot satiates the need for a providing father and a nurturing mother. Powerful leaders, spectacle, and shows of force are all… sexy. Which perhaps explains why so many moms read Fifty Shades of Gray. We live in a society that produces tremendous amounts of anxiety. Social pressure proclaims: Keep a good job, exercise, eat healthy, floss and brush regularly, take your vitamins, and don’t take unnecessary risks or you will die—the death instinct is everywhere.
As such, a desire exists for a conflict free existence, a protected and sheltered life without strife, danger, or struggle. All are promised by a strong leader. All you have to do is give up your freedom and conform to the social customs and ideals dictated by a strong leaderof that regime.
This desire for oprepression isn’t just a social function—it is a psychic phenomenon spread and sustained by traditional Freudian Psychoanalysis and its concept of the nuclear family- mommy, daddy and me.
Through the heralding of an ideal family unit, people are taught to deny desire—to be ashamed of their sexual urges, any a-typical fantasies or predilections. To give in to their inclinations is perverted—and to repress these desires is natural and divine.
To Deleuze and Guattari, traditional psychoanalysis is part of an entire social schema dedicated to making people feel inferior, scared, and inadequate. Whole professions are dedicated to making you feel sick—in order to sell a cure. They attribute this mental conditioning to the Freudian figure of Oedipus. Yes. The guy that killed his father and ummm… married his mother.
It’s Freud’s Oedipus Complex that oversimplifies the complexity of desire and marginalizes homosexuals, schizophrenics, and people with autism to name a few. Anything outside of his model is rejected as deviant or ripe for treatment.demands people desire repression. Oedipus creates docile subjects—through a form of mental assimilation that extends beyond the Psychiatrist’s couch. The Oedipal ideal is omnipresent: accepted as gospel, ingested in schools, in work, and in social relations by teaching people to love subjugation, domination, and oppression.
Contra psychoanalysis, Deleuze and Guattari they suggest schizoanalysis or analysis that is not based in normalcy, power, and repression Against Oedipus they prefer Anti-Oedipus—a fascist fighting, desiring machine. Against the sort of church of psychoanalysis that causes people to accept despotism they ask that we allow desire to be freed from the chains of Oedipus.
So, viewer, what do YOU desire? Wait, was that creepy? It was creepy… wasn’t it?