I think paranoia is a misdiagnosis. I have found most liberals are elitist and though they may not be on top of the elitist pyramid, they are way above the masses at the bottom. They see control as necessary for the good of the masses and by virtue of their superiority they, or people they approve, should be the ones exercising control. The masses are on about the level of a herd of cattle; stupid and aimless.
Here is the key point; life is an accident and by strictly by accident they were made superior to most people and have an obligation to control the less fortunate people. It is nice, tidy and unassailable as long as there is no God.