The Krugman Problem states: “The modern American Right seems to have abandoned the idea that there is an objective reality out there.” Political systems invariably divide into The Right and The Left, a consequence of the Bi-Partisan Mind. An exegesis of the Krugman Problem makes clear how The MODERN American Right has lost its way.
The Mind is not a structure. It is recognized by its actions, which are as durable and predictable as in any three-dimensional system but which can only be recognized in statu nascendi. Mind is a bird on the wing.
Freud kick-started psychoanalysis by assuming Mind is a decision-maker. It speaks only in the active voice. It decides what to do when pangs of hunger occur and keep re-occurring. Freud discovered the Mind exercises one of two options:
One, it can consent to the delay in its next feeding, accepting the Unpleasure. Or
Two, it can obtain Pleasure by hallucinating an internal perception that feeding has occurred and the pain of hunger abated.
Freud recognized the power of fantasies, a momentous achievement. Everywhere he listened, lo and behold, fantasies!In his inchoate psychoanalytic work, he heard endless stories of childhood seduction, childhood molestation, often with an uncle or other close relative. Incestuous tales abounded.
As was his habit, his work-day finished, Freud took a long walk, a custom shared by many of his fellow citizens. As the Viennese aristocracy strolled by, Freud found it astonishing that he was being greeted by a platoon of pedophiles. How is that possible! To his astonishment, he realized what he had heard told were fantasies. It was, arguably, his greatest discovery.
All animals “read” accurately the physical facts of their environment as witnessed by successful adaptation. However, did the australopithecines live in two worlds, one “outside” and one “inside?” as each of us does? Did they bring the torrent of information streaming in through the five senses from the “outside” into a single focus on the “inside” by a power we call consciousness? Does a present day chimp? It’s a mystery. Is consciousness a qualitative emergent from the great river flowing out of Eden? Or was it written in the stars before our planet ever congealed, as suggested by philosopher John Searle? For our purpose, it doesn’t matter.
What is a fact is that Mind looks “outside,” registering the three-dimensional, closed world through the five senses. And it is a fact that Mind looks “inside,” accessing an infinite universe through its powers of imagination.
These two facts, I will assume, are fundamental in splitting political parties into The Right and The Left. The Right emphasizes ideology, The Left factuality.
In the next blog, I will examine the Krugman Problem assuming this bi-lateral structure of Mind.