Bonds of Unconditional Love Between Comrades In Arms As A Psychological Anomaly

Towards friends he had the deepest affection,
but towards the enemy he was harder than iron.

Vladimir Mayakovski about Lenin

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Joseph Goebbels cathects Adolf Hitler with over-affectionate admiration

For Goebbels, Hitler was as a parental figure, but at the same time they were comrades in arms. From a psychological point of view it means that Goebbels’ identification with Hitler was simultaneously as with the personification of Goebbels’ super-ego and personification of his ego. To love somebody as your father and to love somebody as yourself for Goebbels in relation to Hitler was libidinously fatal combination – it means to love yourself as your own ideal. This kind of relationships between people psychologically locks them in a symbiosis of non-differentiation – there is no place for otherness, for the smallest dissimilarity, for any self-critical and critical posture.

A democratic type of personal relationships (the one with element of dissimilarity allowing the presence of some critical feelings) is necessary because then friends can correct one another, can think together and help each other to develop their thoughts less impulsively. Symbiotic dead end relationships, like between Hitler and Goebbels, make people reflect one another, strengthen their similarity and identity and make the dogmatism of both more and more extreme, blind and pernicious.

Relations between Hitler and Goebbels – this unconditional, closed love, were one of the factors invested in the perverted development and inevitable defeat of Nazi Germany. It was a typical totalitarian (in its psychological essence) relationship. This type of a fascinated smile of unconditional openness as a psychological archetype, is the emotional essence of totalitarianism, with its obverse side of unconditional hate towards everything not typical including opinions and ideas, towards an otherness considered as enemy. Totalitarian relationships are closed, locked and suffocated without psychological and intellectual versatility, and totalitarian opinions are left without the opportunity of being challenged and, therefore, become flexible. They are like stones thrown into sea.

Without being exposed to the otherness any political faction becomes drown in its own dogmatism. We saw how many mistakes the Bush Jr. administration made because of its aggrandized dogmatism, how many mistakes were made by Wall Street financial money-pulators that lead to the financial collapse of 2008, just because they “think” identically, i.e. blindly, without enough reflection.

There is nothing touching in Goebbels’ feelings towards his Fuhrer because they are one-dimensional, because they exist without any space for mutual positive, constructive criticism. Totalitarian repressions and wars in general are in substantial degree a result of the intellectual inability of totalitarian decision-making elites to find more effective solutions to the problems than that of physical elimination of those who think differently – the political “enemies”. Totalitarianism is a bad and stupid political system not only in its obviously negative features – direct hate and evident repressions, but in its seemingly positive behaviors like this Goebbels’ sugary unconditional smile towards the Fuhrer in which there is no distance – no semantic space between two persons, when people unite in their oneness while cathecting any human and intellectual pluralism with phobic intensity. In this photo Goebbels tries to console Hitler with his admiration, as a wife waiting for her husband, who has just returned home, tired after physically torturing those whom his superiors have pointed at.

*To be like one person – to subdue the natural otherness inside ourselves to be in (totalitarian) unity means to exclude the possibility to see each other from the side, from an unexpected angle and by this to eliminate the possibility of helping one another to overcome the blind spots and errors. We already analyzed Joseph Goebbels’ Emotional rhetoric in the essay Alfred Eisenstaedt’s Two Photos of Joseph Goebbels (1933) – Propaganda Con-artist’s Emotional Rhetoric by Acting-Out Politics (posted on Nov. 4, 2011). In present essay about the totalitarian essence of Hitler-Goebbels emotional rapport, Goebbels’ mimic not only expressing what the Third Reich Propaganda Minister feels himself but showing the German people what they should be feeling towards their Fuhrer. Totalitarianism is a two-faced Janus, always the “unity of the opposites” – of the unconditional hate (for the otherness and its carriers) and unconditional admiration (for us-ness and its personifications).

 Goebbels’ propagandistic excitement
Rightwing propaganda of hate and war (as a tool of resolving all problems) is just another side of amorous adoration of the leader personifying virtue as such. Look attentively at Goebbels’ propagandistically erected pantomime enveloped by his tireless tongue.