Do analysts have a trait or something in common?
As soon as they are supposed to have sorted out their own transferential relation, analysts seem, in general, somewhat lost in their relation to authority. As if the form of the semblant that is revealed by the transference in the treatment had later left them helpless to determine the rules of their civil conduct as well as the validity of concepts. In the treatment, no doubt, the rule of abstinence had set a limit, fortunately because of the prohibition that it offers to the temptation of transgression. But outside of it there is nothing, apart from the artificiality of moral rules, to get to grips with.
This vacuity seems to support their taste for the traditional expression of authority, phallic in other words, and its enactment in their group life. It is true, if one trusts the writing of the psychoanalytic discourse, that S1appears there at the place of surplus jouissance. A furious battle could henceforth ensue regarding the validation of rules or concepts. But this argumentation does not seem indispensible for sustaining the struggle for pure prestige—in general there is no other wager.
To the extent that their institutions are governed by the law of 1901, elections are legally provided for, but the popularity of the candidates is complex. As Lacan says in a footnote, confusion is always possible between the 0, the nullity, and the 1.
Would nullity be without the truth that grounds authority? Here the chance is left to many.
All the more so since evidently, knowledge put in this place of mastery (university discourse) hides the fact that it is non-knowledge (not to be confused with ignorance) also called unconscious, that commands.
Hence I am going to stick to the indication given by the analytic discourse that makes of the “a” the object that commands, in other words the fantasm of each one, condemning group life to be like Brownian movement.
Is there a law common to analysts?
(To be continued in the next edition)
Ch. Melman - 25thMay 2018
Translation : Michael Plastow