The truth is, I don’t much like politics. It is desperately important, and I have devoted a good deal of my life to thinking about it, writing about it, and even, in small ways, doing it, but I would much rather spend my time thinking about the arguments of Plato, Kant, Hume, Marx … or Freud. For that reason, I am looking forward with great anticipation to the start of my four part videotaped series on The Thought of Sigmund Freud. I find Freud’s work genuinely interesting, and trying to make clear what I see as its core ideas gives me considerable pleasure. It is not really important to me that viewers [or readers of my books] agree with me, only that they find the ideas as fascinating as I do. A week from tomorrow I shall deliver and record the first lecture. I hope that a few of you will take a brief break from the painful but compelling events of the public world and devote some time to watching.