The Ego And Its Hyperstate
The blackhole at the center of consciousness reveals its event horizon in bursts of neon.
The Ego And Its Hyperstate is a unified theory of psychological and ethical egoism which posits self-interest. The dialectical dream theory sets its sights against capitalist notions of the self-interest contra the other, not simply with moralism, but with a more accurate analysis of the subject of self-interest than has been provided by capitalists and anarchist theorists alike. Through the lens of psychoanalysis and Hegelian dialectical logic, the process of self-interest as the ground of all human existence reveals itself.
Eliot Rosenstock has a symptom he wants you to know about: he wants you to know how the nature of self-interest strikes through the notions of pure duty and state worship, he wants to bring in psychoanalyis and redeem dialectics in its power to reveal the universe rather than be a simple rhetorical tool, and he wants to reveal to you how the material conditions of the world, as well as psychological processes of mankind, work together to bring about all that is brought into the universe by humanity.
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“‘The Ego and its Hyperstate’ gives a psychoanalytic exploration into the role of self-interest in ideals by placing the Ego centre stage. Reflection on what drives people to pull down statues and how control is wielded by subjects-supposed-to-know couldn’t come at a better time. As we are deep into the corona crisis we find ourselves in heated exchanges about our ideals, whether it’s QAnon influenced family or the contemporary feminist debate. Analysis of the Egos influence is essential for those in activist circles if they are to enact their goals effectively. The need of which is evident within the ideologically ravaged arena of sex workers rights. This increasingly radicalised debate sees interest groups claiming to hold the true masters of knowledge ergo those with the most ‘valid’ voice. This exact process then impacts how states implement the law. A reflection on how our Ego influences real world politics and how ideals fuel social dynamics can only help in a time when our voices are the loudest but we are the most alone.” ~ Misha Mayfair, mishamayfairart.com
The Ego and its Hyperstate by Rosenstock – a review As when reading any work of psychoanalytic theory, throughout reading The Ego and its Hyperstate I had one question going through my mind – does Eliot want to fuck my mother? But jokes aside, this text is not a standard work of psychoanalytic theory. For one thing, not being as cold as others I have read in that school, I did not have to put on my (Freudian) slippers! (No more dreadful jokes, I promise). This book is Rosenstock’s interpretation and analysis of the social-ontology of self-interest. As the subtitle states, the book is an analysis of self-interest that uses psychoanalytic theory and a dialectical approach. Dreams, Lovecraft, popular cinema and Alice in Wonderland are all part of the picture the reader finds within the text. Through these images and others, Rosenstock seeks to construct a bridge between Freudian thought and Stirner-type ideological egoism – or at least appears to seek this. The main analytic gift Rosenstock gives is his concept of the Hyperstate, epitomised by the Absolute Hyperstate, which is defined as – “The articulations of the past create the self-interest of the present. The dreams of the future return to redefine the identities and orders of the past. This is The Absolute Hyperstate.”. But this work is more than a single concept! Rosenstock’s real gift to the reader is another addition to the world of radical mental-health thought, to join Félix Guattari, Roberto Freire, Otto Gross and others not willing to conform to industrial-mainstreams – something desperately needed in a world dominated by CBT and psychiatrists pushing pills. If you want an introduction to his concept of dialectical egoism before you read the book, check out this piece on Rosenstock’s blog https://wp.me/pakZfP-7y As for any critical points I could raise, I will state 2 here. The first is the top-down position of the analyst-as-authority (in-the-know), which is undoubtedly a product of the ideology and methodology of psychoanalysis Rosenstock embraces. The second is that Rosenstock is obviously attempting to construct some-Thing through this work, as system-building, which leaves me somewhat skeptical. However, neither of these criticisms, which are applicable to most of radical discourse, are reason enough to erase the value this text holds. The book is likely best suited to readers interested in radical-therapies and Freudo-Marxist theories. ~ , https://ecorevoltblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/the-ego-and-its-hyperstate-by-rosenstock-a-review/?fbclid=IwAR0b4VLtbG48ENpIke45tnlCLz_oqnWCuw4T93iHl6KhH9nqdZLJfGOyf8k