Video Conversation: Truth-speech in a Time of Industrialised Lies
In the first of an occasional series of of conversations with noted international figures, I speak here to Professor Mattias Desmet, the Belgian psychologist who has become the world’s foremost commentator on mass formation/mass hypnosis and totalitarianism in the context of the Covid tyranny of the past 27 months, and more broadly in our escalating culture of mechanistic alienation. The occasion of our exchange is the publication in English on June 16th — Bloomsday — of Professor Desmet’s new book, The Psychology of Totalitarianism.
Mattias Desmet is a professor of clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium, and a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist. His other books include The Pursuit of Objectivity in Psychology, and Lacan’s Logic of Subjectivity: A Walk on the Graph of Desire. He has also authored more than 100 peer-reviewed academic papers. In 2018, he received the Evidence-based Psychoanalytic Case Study Prize of the Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and in 2019 the Wim Trijsburg Prize of the Dutch Association of Psychotherapy.
Professor Desmet’s name will already be familiar to many readers of Unchained, as we have been discussing his work here since last year, when he erupted on the international alternative media scene talking about the mechanisms of the incipient new, third millennium totalitarianism. An article about his work in October 2021 has been the most read item on this site since it launched in 2020.
I intend shortly to publish a detailed review of The Psychology of Totalitarianism, which will undoubtedly prove one of the most vital books of 2022.
Apologies for my brief disappearance while reading out his biography near the start of the video!
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