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Elizabeth Kiem

Elizabeth Kiem, a former reviewer for Book magazine and books columnist for the Charlottesville arts weekly The Hook, now lives in New York City.


Putting the War on Terror on the Couch: Vamik Volkan’s Blind Trust

Fall 2004 | Criticism

In his new book, Blind Trust, psychoanalyst Vamik Volkan offers starkly different terms for what he sees as a troubling "societal regression." Volkan looks at bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and the Bush administration and sees id, ego, and superego; he sees the war on terror as a series of "psychodynamics" and explains foreign policy as trickle-down Freudianism. Welcome to the world of psychopolitics.