"‘A transcendent object that is more and more spiritualised, for a field of forces that is more and more immanent, more and more internalised: this describes the evolution of the infinite debt - through Catholicism, then the Reformation. The extreme spiritualisation of the despotic State, and the extreme internalisation of the capitalist field, define bad conscience. The latter is not cynicism’s contrary; it is, in private persons, the correlate of the cynicism of social persons. All the cynical tactics of bad conscience, just as Nietzsche and then Lawrence and Miller analysed them to arrive at a a definition of civilised European man: the hypnosis and the reign of images, the torpor they spread; the hatred of life and all that is free, of all that passes and flows; the universal effusion of the death instinct; depression and guilt used as means of contagion, the kiss of the Vampire: aren’t you ashamed to be happy? follow my example, I won’t let you go before you say, “It’s my fault,” O ignoble contagion of the depressives, neurosis as the only illness consisting in making others ill; the permissive structure: let me deceive, rob, slaughter, kill! but in the name of the social order, and so daddy-mommy will be proud of me; the double direction given to ressentiment, the turning back against oneself, and the projection against the Other: the father is dead, it’s my fault, who killed him? it’s your fault, it’s the Jews, the Arabs, the Chinese, all the resources of racism and segregation; the abject desire to be loved, the whimpering at not being loved enough, at not being “understood,” concurrent with the reduction of sexuality to the “dirty little secret,” this whole priest’s psychology - there is not a single one of these tactics that does not find in Oedipus its land of milk and honey, its good provider.’"