Noëlle McAfee analyzes social pathologies that have arisen in the United States. She argues that we have been suffering society-wide repetition compulsions and time collapses, and acting out in ways that continue the cycle of suffering. She presents a detailed prescription of how we might work through these issues more democratically and fruitfully using deliberative talking cures. McAfee’s application of the psychoanalytic model to society is fascinating and she offers very concrete and practical suggestions for how to better resolve social trauma.

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