November 2014

A Rehabilitation of Alice Miller

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Wed, 11/12/2014 - 19:43

Alice Miller, the radical Polish-Swiss psychoanalyst who broke with the Freudian drive theory that blames the child, is often herself accused of blaming the parents instead. Miller is further accused of preaching the truth, of Deutungsmonismus—finding evidence for your beliefs everywhere you look—and of not living up to her own ideals, noting that her own son was beaten by his father under her own watchful eye. Oh, the irony!

In Defense of Black Pete: Is Black Pete a Sign of “Racist Afrophobia”?

Submitted by Mathijs Koenraadt on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 21:28

At first glance, the Black Pete tradition appears to be rooted in colonial slavery. Princess Marianne of Orange-Nassau (1810–1883), Princess of The Netherlands, was the daughter of King Willem I and aunt of King Willem III, nicknamed King Gorilla for his less civilized behavior. In August 1850 she traveled to Egypt for holidays and brought home with her a fifteen-year-old boy whom she had purchased from Arab merchants at the Cairo slave market.