PRINT Summer 1993


Jean Baudrillard's Transparency of Evil

JEAN BAUDRILLARD STARTED OUT in the ’60s on the track of our biggest symptom—the attempt to render psychoanalytic and Marxist discourse compatible, in denial of what has always been their outright conflict. That attempt explains why Marxism’s disappearance from Eastern Europe has produced no haunting effects of its own, but makes its ghost appearance within psychoanalysis. The growing dispossession of psychoanalysis is the most alarming side effect of the dislocation of Marxism. Take a closer look at cultural studies: Marxists who can no longer be Marxists work the psychic margins and interiors of culture via the assumption of a shared inheritance that is not quite their own but that they have new-and-improved. Meantime, everyone, journalists included, is out to simulate—decontextualize and desubstantialize—Freudian theory.

Baudrillard always catches the objects or opinions out there in a

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