Monday, February 18, 2008

Psychiatrist makes case that Leftist ideology is a mental disorder

Hard to argue with

Just when liberals thought it was safe to start identifying themselves as such, an acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist is making the case that the ideology motivating them is actually a mental disorder. "Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded," says Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the new book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness." "Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave."

While political activists on the other side of the spectrum have made similar observations, Rossiter boasts professional credentials and a life virtually free of activism and links to "the vast right-wing conspiracy." For more than 35 years he has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.

Rossiter says the kind of liberalism being displayed by the two major candidates for the Democratic Party presidential nomination can only be understood as a psychological disorder. "A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity - as liberals do," he says. "A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population - as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation's citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state - as liberals do."

Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:

* creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;

* satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;

* augmenting primitive feelings of envy;

* rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

"The roots of liberalism - and its associated madness - can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious."



Brookes News Update

The greatest danger to the US economy is the Fed: The Fed believes that with the right monetary management it can successfully maintain aggregate demand. As far as the Fed is concerned problems only emerge when aggregate demand exceeds supply. But this is to say no more than monetary demand has risen faster than output. As always, the end result is recession
Are interest rates driving the economy into recession?: Monetary growth has ceased, interest rates are rising and the targeted cash rate is now 7 per cent. These facts point to an impending credit crunch. Meantime, our politicians are once again displaying their glaring ignorance of economic theory, with Brendan Nelson piously declaring that it was wrong of Labor to blame the Howard government for rising prices. No it was not
Unions and wages: the fallacy that can create mass unemployment: The ridiculous and dangerous fallacy that unions can raise real wages for everyone by forcing companies to invest in labour-economizing capital goods is once again being peddled
Hillary Clinton's scam of shared prosperity: Mrs. Clinton isn't interested in freedom, only in regimentation for the country to meet her standards of economic success. This is revealed in how she talks of 'an economy that shares its prosperity.' In fact, Clinton is totally ignorant of economics, economic history and the history socialist 'experiments'



Obama's International Socialist Connections: "Campaign workers for Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama are under fire for displaying a flag featuring communist hero Che Guevara. But Obama has his own controversial socialist connections. He is, in fact, an associate of a Chicago-based Marxist group with access to millions of labor union dollars and connections to expert political consultants, including a convicted swindler. Obama's socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state senate seat... Blogger Steve Bartin, who has been following Obama's career and involvement with the Chicago socialists, has uncovered a fascinating video showing Obama campaigning for openly socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Interestingly, Sanders, who won his seat in 2006, called Obama "one of the great leaders of the United States Senate," even though Obama had only been in the body for about two years. In 2007, the National Journal said that Obama had established himself as "the most liberal Senator." More liberal than Sanders? That is quite a feat. Does this make Obama a socialist, too?

Rich/poor gap smaller than it appears: "The top fifth of American households earned an average of $149,963 a year in 2006. As shown in the first accompanying chart, they spent $69,863 on food, clothing, shelter, utilities, transportation, health care and other categories of consumption. The rest of their income went largely to taxes and savings. The bottom fifth earned just $9,974, but spent nearly twice that - an average of $18,153 a year. How is that possible? A look at the far right-hand column of the consumption chart, labeled "financial flows," shows why: those lower-income families have access to various sources of spending money that doesn't fall under taxable income. So, bearing this in mind, if we compare the incomes of the top and bottom fifths, we see a ratio of 15 to 1. If we turn to consumption, the gap declines to around 4 to 1... Let's take the adjustments one step further. Richer households are larger - an average of 3.1 people in the top fifth, compared with 2.5 people in the middle fifth and 1.7 in the bottom fifth. If we look at consumption per person, the difference between the richest and poorest households falls to just 2.1 to 1. The average person in the middle fifth consumes just 29 percent more than someone living in a bottom-fifth household."

Mandates for change: "How can the Democrats implement policy changes without large spending increases? The answer is regulation. The business sector is going to be increasingly told what to sell and how to sell it. Particularly in health care and energy, firms are going to be accountable to bureaucrats, not to customers. Products and services will be designed in Washington, not by competition. Regulations and mandates are an alternative to budgetary spending. For example, if politicians do not want to spend money on recruiting a volunteer army, they can institute a draft. Similarly if politicians do not have the resources on budget to pay for universal health insurance, they can pass a law making the purchase of health insurance mandatory. If such a law is effective, then the uninsured will be 'drafted' into the army of the insured."


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

[EDIT: or moderate/eliminate, but when I read the end of my essay I found it was...unreadable...]

"Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded."

Take them out of the equation then. A movie, say. Now look around.

What's left (pun intended) to make the rest of us stand upright, logic utterly on our side? If the Left didn't exist, we'd have to create them, for a body with no resistance to fight is not Right, and in fact just falls down. A society without Leftism is like a society without Children.

Did logic (tell me if I'm attacking a Straw Man here, but beyond that try to see my Darwinian Point).

That point is Darwinian group-vs.-group selection.

Obviously groups that had IRRATIONAL members, almost but never quit being a majority, killed off groups that didn't have that internal "problem."

But you short circuit your own argument by claiming the irrationality ("bleeding heart liberalism") is the root of all or most of all evil.

I like to comment here but it's merely preaching to the converted, so I more often frequent RIGHT wing sites, by which I mean truly US VS. THEM "conservative/right" sites, and inject a Libertarian idea or two, to get their panties in a bind. And you know what? They are not wearing panties, at least not the men, who make up most of their readership.

Another word for "emotionality" and "irrationality" is: passion.

Ad Hominum Attack: "Jon Ray is gay, just another successful breeder with no current babe, who got lucky one fine day in the stock market, now sits around all day, pissed as hell that current running history had not made his name a household word."

Translation: "Jon Ray is a humourously dry father who does not much talk about his love life except to drop certain nostaligic hints of know what 'good life' means, who made several astonishinly on-target stock market picks, who is currently, quite heroically, stirring up Westrn Cultural assumptions via the web, which makes him a true folk hero. He's not as funny as Twain, but is anybody?"

Here's where I turn emotional and lose it though, for at one time you were a father figure to , one of maybe three, who gave me the CONFIDENCE of my at the time unformed yet instinctual and logical, even hyper-logical CONCLUSIONS.

"Whoever was not a socialist in his youth has no heart; whoever is not a capitalist in his old age has no brain." -Winston Churchill (attributed).

Next we get Obama. Logic cannot stop it. Reason cannot unconvince people who did not arrive at their opinions via logic in the first place, any more than the Big Bang can or has replaced Genesis, despite it's greater mystery, shock and awe.

"One must have noisy celebrations for the populace. Fools love noise, and the masses are fools." - Napoleon

Principles. The only bulwark leftis(t) for the Right. But the pillars of populism have forgoten one word: honor. And a second word: discipline. Even a third: civility. Must I go on?

"...yet there is something still that will always be mine, and when I go to God's presence, there I'll doff it and sweep the heavenly pavement with a gesture - something I'll take unstained out of this panache ". - Rostand

Have I done wrong by classifying you as Rightist (= conservative = classic liberalism = libertarian sense of liberty)?

No. But i may wrong you by calling you Reactionary, with some justification, for sometimes right is wrong.