Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Liberal Mind: The psychological causes of political madness
Townhall ^ | Dec 4, 2006 | Lyle H. Rossiter Jr., MD

Posted on 12/04/2006 9:07:44 AM PST by 13Sisters76

click here to read article


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-23 next last
An excellent article, however, I feel it only addresses the lunacy of the "rank and file" little leftie. The agenda of the "leadership is, I believe, quite different. Should the awful day arrive that the left accomplishes what it THINKS it wants, I firmly believe the "leadership" will show them all that they are, indeed, no different in their eyes than the rest of us. This final truth might just drive the bunch of them over the edge.
1 posted on 12/04/2006 9:07:47 AM PST by 13Sisters76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

Well at least he didn't try too hard to dress this opinion piece up as pseudo-science.


2 posted on 12/04/2006 9:13:53 AM PST by rhombus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

My gosh- This really should be a wake-up call to all those who love their freedom and individuality to fight the good fight against lunacy- there are some corrections I'd make on his article though- like hte fact that liberals think the only ones victimzed are the ones ifghting back using terrorism as their vehicle of war.- the ones that they murder, in the minds of liberals, 'had it comming' to put it bluntly- they won't come right out and say this- but that IS what they beleive- a quick look at Jimmy Jihad Carter's statements will make this all too sickeningly clear! http://sacredscoop.com


3 posted on 12/04/2006 9:25:40 AM PST by CottShop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

A dose of their own medicine.


4 posted on 12/04/2006 9:26:30 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

And now we understand the liberals' passion to undermine their own country: A strong, militarily capable America is all that stands between them and their envisioned worldwide, peaceful utopeia.


5 posted on 12/04/2006 9:28:49 AM PST by mikeus_maximus (The GOP treats evangelicals like the Democrat Party treats Blacks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

And now we understand the liberals' passion to undermine their own country: A strong, militarily capable America is all that stands between them and their envisioned worldwide, peaceful utopeia.


6 posted on 12/04/2006 9:28:56 AM PST by mikeus_maximus (The GOP treats evangelicals like the Democrat Party treats Blacks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rhombus

Sarcasm?
He clearly thinks, as did our founders, that there are objective truths about the nature of man. For example, "Power Corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" would be considered such an objective truth.
"Even when a person appears to act unselfishly, he has a selfish reason for acting unselfishly" might be another objective truth.

That leads to whether the leaders are different from the followers. The leaders probably fall into several camps. In one camp are the cynics... Bill Clinton, James Carville. They reach the pinnacle of selfish unselfishness.

Another type are the true believers. They often have enough charisma and sincerity that they can have quite a following. Al Gore and John Kerry will deny that they are acting selfishly in promoting their current crusade... and it is a crusade in the true religious sense of "my perfect religion will wipe out your flawed religion".


7 posted on 12/04/2006 9:32:33 AM PST by spintreebob (W)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/LyleHRossiterJrMD/2006/12/04/the_liberal_mind_the_psychological_causes_of_political_madness


8 posted on 12/04/2006 9:33:52 AM PST by pookie18 ([Hillary Rotten] Clinton Happens...as does Dr. Demento Dean, Bela Pelosi & Benedick Durbin!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

Political madness on the Left vs. political cowardice in the White House.


9 posted on 12/04/2006 9:38:17 AM PST by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

wonder what he can cover in the rest of his book since he seems to capture the entire problem in his opening.


10 posted on 12/04/2006 9:41:14 AM PST by Dad was my hero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: spintreebob

I was merely commenting that he didn't try to make his opinions sound like science. I usually see this from the left - such as the studies showing Republicans are more "authoritarian", etc.


11 posted on 12/04/2006 9:42:16 AM PST by rhombus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

Ping for later read/reference.


12 posted on 12/04/2006 9:42:28 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

Volume II of the DSM is devoted entirely to BDS.


13 posted on 12/04/2006 9:54:01 AM PST by Doctor Raoul (Why is the Viagra car in NASCAR a Ford and not a Stretch Limo?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76

First and foremost; Liberals believe everybody is born good, and conservatives believe everybody is born selfish.

So rank and file liberals are panic stricken. They believe everybody else is good just like them...but...they themselves live lives with few standards of moral behaviour, they are cheats, law breakers, drug users, hedonists, and thiefs. But they rationalize it. They only act that way because "someone", the big "they" have it out for them and have treated them unfairly so they thus reacte negatively.

They would be "good" if only thy weren't abused, so to speak, by "them".

But they would like to live in a "good" world and believe everybody can be good, it is inside them. (that idea is their "supreme" moral value, it forms the basis, a tenet of faith for their liberal religion) People then only behave badly because of negative external forces.

All liberals justify their personal immorality by blaming it on someone else, therefore if the world is a bad place it is a mystical "somebody else" that is causing the conditions that create such down and out, bad luck, behaviour.

Liberal solution? Find out who "they" are that are causing everybody to behave badly. (They must be very large and powerful since the world is so screwed up). Then organize an opposing power that will attack and somehow destroy or at least hold in check those large powers that are causing so much harm. (but they must select an appropriate enemy)

You know who they have found as the enemies (conservatives mostly). Anybody who believes in rugged individualism, and believes that people are inherently selfish and therefore to counter it they must submit themselves to a higher power and commit themselves to living to a higher standard of morals and consciously discipline themselves to live lives to the standards given by God. This way they overcome their personal failures. They do it by themselves, not by demanding, and waiting, for someone else to give it to them.

If you are selfish, and don't know it,(liberal) you can never ever solve your problem yourself (because you think you are really good inside already). You will blame someone else (naturally) and then get aggressive when things get worse.

If you are selfish and know it you will work to overcome that selfishness. Hence voluntary charity coming much more from Christians (who believe they are born selfish) than liberals. They work to overcome it themselves.

This then is the psychology of a vast stratum of the world population. It exists because it has been taught to them by their masters who require them to think this way in order that they may be subordinated. It is a Hegelian power technique adopted by Karl Marx, and most every other succesful dictator.

The liberal leaders promote a utopian idealism (releasing the "goodness" in everyone by stopping the evil forces) Their program constrains the individual achievers (who are happier, thus they must be opperssors) and proclaim it is they who are creating the environment that causes the other good liberals to be bad (poverty, pollution, bad politics, big corporations, the police...)

Since rugged individuals would fight against socialism then it is only natural that the liberal leaders identify them as the reason for their individual problems.

Also if all liberal minions discovered the secret to the conservatives happiness then the leaders would lose their power base.

Thus the conservative must be "demonized" as well and made to look stupid and unattractive so that the rank and file (rack and pinion) liberal would never consider adopting their idealogies.



So the successful individual must be attacked, and visciously so. (these individuals tend to be Christians and ones who have used their skills to build big corporations or reap real wealth...etc. A corporation is just an organized efficient group of individuals who are all productive and not whiner liberals)

How can rugged individuals be so successful? Don't they need others to help them achieve? (yes) Does tht mean they force others to give them more wealth? (the liberals say "yes", the truth is obviously "not" because liberals are deliberately kept ignorant of the way money is "created" by production. Libwerals are taught it is a zero sum game and there is only so much wealth to be shared.)

Rugged Individuals are successful because they do not define their goodness on what other people think of them. They do not define their morals by what other men tell them. Their moral beliefs comne from God, the one power that is supreme in authority to all States and insitutions created by liberals.

Liberals cannot succeed when rugged individuals do not require or submit to their authority.

Liberals believe an individual must work for the good of the whole. A rugged individual believes he must work for his own good and the greater glory of God.

A nation of uncompromising Christians will destroy liberalism, and everybody in that nation will be better off in every way possible.

A nation of liberals has no standards and the selfish perversions of the rulers (who are believed to be good like themselves) will destroy the society.

This is why liberals can think Clinton is good. They believe he is just like them, "good" (not)


14 posted on 12/04/2006 10:25:21 AM PST by Mark Felton ("Wisdom is supreme...and though it cost all you have, get understanding" -- Proverbs 4)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76
The liberal mindset is about being liberated from all of life's nastiness and unpleasantness: like winning the lottery because you hate your job or school. It's the unencumbered life from which you never grow up, never develop and never learn from anything harsh. Life is the rude teacher and the liberal would rather stay at home and play video games of reality than actually learn from it.

Some people maybe born for this carefree life because they are essentially weak, whereas others acquire a taste for it out of youthful idealism. Regardless, it doesn't profit anyone in the end when life -- the teacher -- throws them a big surprise test.
15 posted on 12/04/2006 10:45:00 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rhombus
I was merely commenting that he didn't try to make his opinions sound like science. I usually see this from the left - such as the studies showing Republicans are more "authoritarian", etc.

I don't know, it sounds to me like that's just what he's trying to do, starting with the title -- "The Liberal Mind: The psychological causes of political madness" and moving on to this: "As is the case in all personality disturbance, defects of this type represent serious failures in development processes."

The thing about such off-the-cuff analyses of large groups is that they're always true about somebody. But the kinds of analyses constructed by the other side are also always true of someone as well. So abstract attacks from one side and the other balance out.

On a specific question, someone's political opinions may very well amount to madness, but it's a lot harder to say that about an abstract political tendency, unless you want to turn it into a cliche, which he does. In some situations ways of thinking that could be categorized as liberal are appropriate, in others they aren't. It doesn't look

There's nothing wrong with the conflict of political opinions, but dressing opposing views up as pathologies is a mistake, whoever does it, if only because it replaces arguments with dismissive labels. Even if one is right, eventually the arguments fall away and all one has are the labels.

16 posted on 12/04/2006 11:03:39 AM PST by x
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: rhombus

Half my sentence got lopped off: "It doesn't look like the author put very much effort into sorting out the distinctions."


17 posted on 12/04/2006 11:05:40 AM PST by x
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: x
There's nothing wrong with the conflict of political opinions, but dressing opposing views up as pathologies is a mistake, whoever does it, if only because it replaces arguments with dismissive labels. Even if one is right, eventually the arguments fall away and all one has are the labels.

Well said

18 posted on 12/04/2006 11:07:19 AM PST by rhombus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76
Pretty good stuff.. however it also paints many so-called "conservatives" also.. Since (SSA) Social Security is pure socialism and most all conservatives would gouge their eyes out before eliminating the SSA.. Degrees of liberalism is not gone into very much, here.. His detailed list of liberalism bridges to conservatism too..

This makes any non liberal a radical.. ->> like me..
The United States needs RADICAL change not conservative change..
You know like what was proposed in the Contract with America 1992/4..

19 posted on 12/04/2006 11:39:20 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 13Sisters76
The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness

The root psychological force that drives leftism can be summed in one word: envy. It is an evil state of mind and the source much misery in the world. The leftist leaders are driven by vanity, another evil state of mind that is closely paired with envy. Followers are driven by simple envy, inflamed by the leaders.

Women very generally are more vain and envious than men, which is why leftist voters are more often women.

20 posted on 12/04/2006 12:22:32 PM PST by Reeses
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-23 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson