Joseph Scalia III, Psya.D. is a psychoanalyst and social critic. He is in private psychoanalytic practice in Livingston, Montana, in the shadow of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and its towering Absaroka Mountains. Dr. Scalia is a former president, and a critic, of one of Montana’s politically and financially powerful environmental groups, the Montana Wilderness Association. He is current president of the Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance. On this topic, he has been published in Mountain Journal and interviewed on Wilderness Podcast, and published various Guest Editorials in Montana newspapers.

The work of Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Willy Apollon, Wendy Brown, George Mireaux, Cornel West, Jacques Lacan, Christopher Bollas, Wilfred Bion, Henry Giroux and John Lewis are mentioned in this episode.

Wendy Brown’s book Undoing the Demos: NeoLiberalism’s Stealth Revolution (2015)

For They Know Not What They Do (2007) by Slavoj Žižek

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Rendering Unconscious is a podcast hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, an American psychoanalyst based in Stockholm. Dr. Sinclair interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, philosophers, creative arts therapists, social workers, artists, poets, writers, scholars and other clinicians and intellectuals about their process, work, current events, activism, mental health care, diverse theoretical lenses and various worldviews. Episodes also include lectures given and recorded at various events hosted internationally.

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The song at the end of the episode is “Sowing Strings” by Vanessa Sinclair and Douglas Lucas, from the album “Sound 23” from Highbrow-Lowlife. Available digitally via Bandcamp and as a limited edition CD boxset from Trapart Editions.

Music for intro and outro of Rendering Unconscious Podcast by Carl Abrahamsson.

Artwork by Vanessa Sinclair

Photo: Dr. Joseph Scalia III snowshoeing up Buffalo Horn Creek, an area vital to the ecological integrity of the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem. Mainstream environmental groups recommend sacrificing it as a mountain biking mecca, which would drive out thousands of elk, other iconic wildlife, and untold numbers of grizzly bears who require this exact area for connectivity to the larger Northern Rockies Ecosystem if they are to survive in perpetuity.