This host-parasite relationship engenders specific paradigms for transmuting, as opposed to perceiving, external reality. It can perhaps be said to function as a kind of security lock, which snaps into a preordained position whenever the multitude of impulses from perceived reality (both “internal” and “external”) becomes too confusing or too threatening.


By moving outward to broad horizons, to the public and the social, [the fantasies of these Freikorps men] attempt to avoid the private, the intimate, the individual, or, more precisely perhaps, the singular.

That should immediately warn us that we won’t get very far here with the “subject-object” dichotomy. I think we can agree that [these] fantasies can’t be called “objective,” but it’s just as wrong to label them “subjective.” […] [T]hey are clearly anti-individualist, antisubjective. Their language is as uninterested in the object as it is in the subject; it seems indeed to have been penned by fictive authors, by one single fictive author.

Klaus Theweleit, Male Fantasies, Volume 1: Women, Floods, Bodies, History, translated by Stephen Conway