Magazine August 24, 2009, Issue

Obamaniacs On the Couch

If the Self-object fails to socialize the Self’s health-care . . .

This is going to get very Freudian, but please bear with me.

 

In psychoanalytic terms, the Self has a narcissistic need to form a relationship with something called the Self-object. That can be anything: a spouse, a pet, a hot dog, a vacation, even a president of the United States.

The Self-object becomes a kind of extension of the Self. The Self desires it, identifies with it, transfers emotional meaning to it, relies on it for ego-strength and even a kind of love.

The Self/Self-object relationship is normal, apparently, despite its creepy name. But it also carries with it certain enormous risks: Spouses …

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Three Strikes

How can Washington have spent so much time debating health care and still have failed to come up with a reasonable reform? By starting from the wrong premises. There are ...
Politics & Policy

Catching Up to Mexico

California’s financial unraveling has prompted a long-overdue debate about taxes, regulation, and government spending, but the state’s media and government continue to ignore what could be an even greater problem: ...
Politics & Policy

Obamaniacs On the Couch

This is going to get very Freudian, but please bear with me.   In psychoanalytic terms, the Self has a narcissistic need to form a relationship with something called the Self-object. That ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Afghan Postcards

Roman Genn, whose illustrations have long brightened the pages of National Review, embedded himself with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, at Forward Operating Base Gulistan in Farah Province, central Afghanistan. ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Pass This Test

George Gilder is a phenomenon. With a restless and questing mind, he has written books on feminism, capitalism, technology, and other topics. These books are absorbing, provocative, and somewhat original. ...
Politics & Policy

American Ajax

  Almost every aspect of the Dr. Strangelovian image surrounding Gen. Curtis LeMay was in some way misleading. The tough-guy cigar provocatively dangling from his mouth had little to do with ...
Politics & Policy

True Love

  Hollywood rarely produces effective love stories for men. I don’t mean a romantic comedy that some men might find themselves liking, if dragged to the theater by their wives — ...
City Desk

Years of Upheaval

Getting a city apartment painted is a trial for several reasons. The rent laws encourage city-dwellers to stay put; over the years our possessions accumulate unwinnowed. The crampitude of our ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Policy Paternity Michael Cannon’s piece on the Massachusetts health program (“Romney’s Folly,” August 10) creates the impression that Gov. Mitt Romney and the Heritage Foundation wanted to impose a coverage mandate ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ First the president called him stupid, then he had to have a beer with Joe Biden. Hasn’t Officer Crowley been punished enough? ‐ “I have immortal longings in me,” said ...
Politics & Policy

A Gull

As passive as a dune, I offer up my breast, Nestling toward the sun, Accepting from the west What I am only owed. Who cares if you should fade? Warm me, sinking god: For me the world ...
Happy Warrior

Ethiopia Comes to You

The intersection of the environment and demography continues apace. In the old days, we worried about “overpopulation” in general, which, if only by implication, indicted the fecund mothers of Asia ...

Most Popular

Immigration

What Now for Trump’s Border Wall?

The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close. The “big, beautiful wall,” as Trump referred to it, reached 400 miles in length by the end of October, when the Department of Homeland Security held a ceremony hailing the ... Read More
Immigration

What Now for Trump’s Border Wall?

The verdict on the U.S.–Mexico border wall President Trump promised to construct is decidedly mixed as the year comes to a close. The “big, beautiful wall,” as Trump referred to it, reached 400 miles in length by the end of October, when the Department of Homeland Security held a ceremony hailing the ... Read More
Books

Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More
Books

Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones

People often dismiss shy, quiet characters in literature. Readers prefer to identify with Jo March, Elizabeth Bennett, or Anne Shirley -- those delightful, bold, and charming characters who made a deep impression on us when we first encountered them. While there’s nothing wrong with emulating or admiring these ... Read More
Culture

New England Journal of Medicine Pushes Reparations

Reparations would grant African Americans government benefits not paid to other Americans to rectify the awful sin of slavery and the "peculiar institution's" residual harm. It is a favored policy of hard progressives, so of course, the New England Journal of Medicine -- which regularly promotes left-wing causes ... Read More
Culture

New England Journal of Medicine Pushes Reparations

Reparations would grant African Americans government benefits not paid to other Americans to rectify the awful sin of slavery and the "peculiar institution's" residual harm. It is a favored policy of hard progressives, so of course, the New England Journal of Medicine -- which regularly promotes left-wing causes ... Read More