Skip to comments.Liberalism is a Psychology
Posted on 12/22/2005 7:58:16 AM PST by mal
Many conservatives are absolutely perplexed by the question of what motivates liberals to take the patently wrong political positions they do. Its difficult to explain it without believing such obviously wrong ideas like liberals are just stupid, or they want to destroy our country, but sometimes we resort to those explanations out of pure frustration.
But what is the explanation? Why do seemingly good, intelligent people take positions that cause so much harm in the face of all the facts? Ive finally stumbled upon the answer, and its so stunningly simple, yet profound in its implications, that its absolutely mind-boggling. Liberalism isnt a political ideology; its a psychology - the psychology of self-satisfaction to be precise.
A liberal (or a leftist; I use the terms interchangeably), is a person who only cares about politics to the extent that doing so makes him or her feel good, or avoid feeling bad, due both to external and internal factors. Their motivations can include things like a desire to feel intelligent, moral, noble, or unique, as well as a desire for peer acceptance or reverence, and aversion to being ostracized, among many other things.
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Ah yes, the "intellect" argument. I see it all the time and, in fact, was accused recently of not being able to have an "intellectual" discussion. I had to laugh, further inciting the liberal to increase volume and agitation. I love it when that happens.
I think the title should read "Philosophy" instead of "Psychology".
I think it should read liberalism is a sickness.
"Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" --- Michael Savage
You misspelled "psychosis"
This self-annointment could offset feelings of inadequacy brought on by a less than attractive appearance physical.
Hey, I'm not a psychologist, I just play one on FR. Ward Churchill's not an Indian, he just plays one in Boulder.
All of the most heinous governments of the 20th century were the results of extreme secular liberalism. Hitler, Pol pot, Stalin etc...
Make that than attractive physical appearance.
Sorry, dyslexia evidently have must.
Liberals are either stupid, ignorant or socialists. It is as simple as that.
If you talk to them, They say their Liberalism is out of care for the hourly wage-earner.
"Liberalism = Boomeritis = The deadly combination of a modern, liberal, egalitarian worldview and a deep unquestioned narcissism."
Ouch...the truth hurts....oh wait a minute I am a boomer...I am too wonderful to blame for anything .....never mind.
Liberalism is a selfish attempt to assuage guilt at anothers expense.
Long, but very good. They are ONLY interested in the IMMEDIATE gratification that it gives them personally. We all know that a liberal's policies look good on the surface but know that they will never work because of human nature. If you try to point out any flaws in their plan, they see it as a personal attack. Everything they do is because it makes them FEEL good and morally superior.
I have come to the conclusion it is a form of neurosis, definitely an imbalance. With some liberals, it approaches psychosis.
No. Liberalism is a religion.
Being a Liberal/Democrat is a perverted faith in opposition to all rational thought. It is a fantasy for spoiled children who never grew up...the "something-for-nothing, can't-we-all-just-get-along whiners". And it is the route to absolute power for those manipulators who use them.
I think the title should read "Pathology" instead of "Psychology."
Control freaks tend to be liberal. Throw in a little narcissism, and you have a card-carrying Rat.
Me, too. Conservatives are far more "liberal" than those who apply that term to themselves. Most conservatives don't mind if you light up a cigar, make an un-PC comment, say "Merry Christmas," tell an off-color joke, eat meat, wear a fur, have a drink now and then, root for sports teams named after Indian tribes, go hunting, drive an SUV ... the list is endless.
The "liberals" of the 21st century are nothing more than spoiled, self-righteous control freaks. And there is nothing "liberal" about that.
Excellent - I read the entire piece.
Amazing how it ties into another article recently.
A long article on libs and how they start with this feeling of being altruistic to those that 'need' them (with our money, but the way) to then taking the 'global' world view of things, as opposed to a united American view. It makes them feel superior. Above the rest of us that have a narrow 'what's good for America' view... saying we should care about what's good in the eyes of the world.
This so confirms the article above. I think it also explains why class divisiveness is a key component for the Dems. Make a group needy and they can be the savior.
There is a much simpler answer, first mentioned in R. Emmet Tyrrell's, The Liberal Crackup, about twenty years ago. In essence the liberal's rai·son d'être is to annoy their neighbors.
Excellent analysis.. i think he nailed it... it really does explain all the irrational beliefs of the left
See my tagline.
The Dems have become a party of those who want to rule over others (elites or aspiring elites), and those who feel that government must rule over their lives enough to help them live. Bt contrast, Pubbies mostly want government to "provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare", and then to get out of their lives.
There's the smiling, upbeat,"can do" optimist's perspective:
Then there are the "no core beliefs" confused, emotional basket-cases who vacillate between the two perspectives above - depending on whether they like the "personality" of the one who gives them the answers to the questions that are important to ALL self-focused navel gazers:
How do I know forSURE if I've been good or bad?
Who can I trust for SURE?
Trust but verify!
Thanks for the ping
The Narnia take-off is timely... although I am particular to the drop-down menu on the currency bill [I never see $100 bills, so I cannot confirm the denomination... :-)]
It should read "Pathology" instead of "Psychology".
Nah! It's Satan. That's right! The Devil makes 'em do it.
Thanks for the great ping, Janice!
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Liberalism is borne of selfishness and a decided lack of humor. Clever self-deprecation, for example, is out of the question. Committed liberals are generally unhappy people and they are, at least somewhat, irrational - - sometimes very irrational. These characteristics are in their nature from birth and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Liberals are not necessarily stupid, but they are never in the upper echelons of "smart", either.
There you have it.
Actually, by some odd quirk, we have a [wild] peacock in our trees... go figure [?bird-brains of a feather? ;-)].
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