Carl vs. Karl: Jung and Marx, Two Icons for our Age


Driscoll, James P., Ph.D.


A scholar of Renaissance drama and Jungian psychology, James P. Driscoll, Ph.D., explores psychological approaches to the arts, religion, and public philosophy. He has written seven previous books: Identity in Shakespearean Drama, The Unfolding God of Jung and Milton, Shakespeare and Jung: The God in Time, Shakespeare’s Identities, How AIDS Activists Challenged America, Jung’s Cartography of the Psyche, and The Devil and Dr. Fauci. Driscoll has long applied his academic skills and original thinking to the LGBT, HIV, and patient rights causes. During the 1990s, he led the AIDS activist movement for FDA reform. Since then, he has distinguished himself with trenchant criticisms of oppressive bureaucracies and his work implementing critical reforms.

By drawing on the opposing ideas of Carl Jung and Karl Marx, James Driscoll’s develops fresh perspectives on urgent contemporary problems. Jung and Marx as thinkers, Driscoll contends, carry the projections of archetypal complexes that go back to the hostile Old Testament brothers Cain and Abel, whose enduring tensions shape our postmodern era.

Because Marxism elevates the group over the individual, it is made to order for bureaucrats and bureaucracy’s patron archetype, Leviathan. Jungian individuation offers a corrective rooted in the Judeo-Christian ethic’s affirmation of the ultimate value of free individuals. Although Marxism’s promise of justice gives it demagogic appeal, the party betrays that promise through opportunism and a primitive ethic of retribution. Marxism’s supplanting the Judeo-Christian ethic with bureaucracy’s “only following orders,” Driscoll maintains, has created the moral paralysis of our time. As Jung and writers like Hannah Arendt, George Orwell, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Elias Canetti have warned us, the influence of our ever-expanding bureaucracies is a grave threat to the survival of civilized humanity.

The primary issues Driscoll addresses include the natures of justice and the soul, individuation and freedom, and mankind’s responsibilities within the planetary ecology. Religion, ethics, economics, science, class divisions, immigration, financial fraud, abortion, and affirmative action are also explored in his analysis of the powerful archetypes moving behind Jung and Marx.

Political Science, Philosophy, Social Science, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Carl Jung, Karl Marx
Release Date: 
August 1, 2022
9781680536966 Hardcover
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