From Loser Sons: Politics and Authority, p.91, excerpt below
image of the silverback male gorilla (you’ve seen this guy in the business pages)
Darwin, admired and feared, scrambled the code, dragged Freud (and us) through the mud, dusting off any semblance of unaffected human dignity. If he, Freud, based social reappropriation on the thinking of identification, who could hope to make it stick when the lineage traced back to a gorilla? … Displacing the origin with a gorilla has generated a massive narcissistic breakdown owing to and in the Freudian narrative- one so serious that, let me hasten to add, it in part accounts for the unprecedented maltreatment of animals, the splice of the disavowed “paternal”, today. … This narcissistic shock may be one reason why, in a sense, mystification such as those sponsoring “creationism” over evolution are on the table in order to skip the pages sketched by Darwin that undermine paternal license while rattling divine sanctity. Still, we are locked in the archeophiliac edifice of killing the father, which exercises effects of power over a wide range of offences to this day, raising auxilliary problems of philosophical responsibility and theological authority. One persistent effect of this construction entails Judaism’s assignation as a religion of the father (notably in opposition to Christianity, the religion of the son).
Author note7: I would add that the motif of the disavowed paternal links up with known forms of anti-Semitisms without being entirely identical to that which ensues from the shock of gorilla parentage. These repressed relations come close on the Richter scale, however
Ronell’s book confronts “the grim fact that divested boys become terrifying men”