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The American Left as "crisis cult"
American Thinker ^ | 07/27/2006 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 07/29/2006 6:22:28 AM PDT by Harrius Magnus

The American Left as "crisis cult"

Clinical psychologist Robert Godwin proposes an interesting framework for understanding the increasingly bizarre behavior of the American Left at his very interesting website One Cosmos. Drawing on the work of psychoanalytic anthropologist Weston LaBarre, he posits that the left has become a “crisis cult” such as are found in societies whose bedrock assumptions break down in the face of the superior strength of foreign cultures impinging on their territory.

Probably the most famous of the crisis cults are the cargo cults which developed in Melanesia.

The Cargo Cults believe that manufactured western goods (‘cargo’) have been created by ancestral spirits and intended for Melanesian people. White people, however, have unfairly gained control of these objects. Cargo cults thus focus on overcoming what they perceive as undue ‘white’ influences by conducting rituals similar to the white behavior they have observed, presuming that the ancestors will at last recognize their own and this activity will make cargo come. Thus a characteristic feature of Cargo Cults is the belief that spiritual agents will at some future time give much valuable cargo and desirable manufactured products to the cult members.

The crisis cult LaBarre wrote most about were the Ghost Dancers among Native Americans in the 19th century

when American Indians were facing the complete dissolution of their way of life—loss of their hunting territories, near extinction of the once vast buffalo herds, a series of disastrous military defeats, multiple droughts, and new and fatal diseases. The Ghost Dance was a fantasied solution to all their problems, involving the widespread idea that “a new skin would slide over the old earth, covering up the whites and all their works, and bringing upon it new trees and plants, great buffalo herds, the ghosts of the dead, and the great departed warriors and chiefs.” This utopia would come about if only each person in all the tribes danced the elaborate Ghost Dance.

Godwin explains:

...progressives are having to cope with a catastrophic collapse of their world and all of its comforting myths. As each myth crumbles in succession, they become increasingly frantic in papering over reality with the downright strange beliefs of their progressive crisis cult.

Thus come delusional assertions: Bush is an idiot despite degrees from Yale and Harvard; Republicans are questioning the patriotism of Democrats; the monitoring of international phone calls signals the onset of totalitarianism; and (my favorite) Air American founder Sheldon Drobny’s assertion that Karl Rove is behind the anti-Semitic posts at Daily Kos.

I think it is almost unquestionable that the Left’s belief systems have proven incongruent with the real world. Communism didn’t work and only survives as a pretext for despotism in North Korea and China. Welfare is a trap, and poor people’s lot in America has improved since access to it was term-limited. Higher taxes on “the rich” depress economic growth and throw people out of work. The list could go on.

With their gods having failed them, leftists have turned to cant, ritual, and hysterical repetition of their golden oldie playlist of slogans. And most of all, to demoinization of their opponents. It is fairly primitive, and often comic, with tinges of tragedy.

Metaphors are an effective way to understand such bizarre behavior. The more the merrier.

Hat tip: Larwyn

Thomas Lifson 7 27 06


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Hilarious!
1 posted on 07/29/2006 6:22:30 AM PDT by Harrius Magnus
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To: Harrius Magnus

Great post!


2 posted on 07/29/2006 6:23:44 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Fire Murtha Now! Spread the word. Support Diana Irey. http://www.irey.com/)
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To: Harrius Magnus

Love it, and very true I do believe.


3 posted on 07/29/2006 6:29:38 AM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: Harrius Magnus
Republicans are questioning the patriotism of Democrats

Good article, but I DO question the Patiotism of Democrats!

4 posted on 07/29/2006 6:30:02 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that how you sell clothing.)
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To: King Moonracer

Yes, that leapt out at me also. It is only the deluded fool who does NOT question their patriotism. Actually, it is beyond that -- there's nothing left to question. They're traitorous, treasonous pieces of sub-human filth. End of story.


5 posted on 07/29/2006 6:36:46 AM PDT by RayStacy
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To: Harrius Magnus

This brings up something I've been telling my wife for quite a while. It is not simply that the left is WRONG about so much, it is that their belief system is simply crazy. They are quite literally, no humor or exaggeration intended here, delusional and out of touch with reality. If you believe that Israel is the bad guy, that welfare is good, that communism is good, that America is THE evil force in the world, that government spending creates economic expansion, that putting underwear on Islam heads in Ass Grab prsion and flushing a koran in Gitmo are national tragedies, then you are one sick dude, simply and literally living in another world with very little grasp of reality. This has always led me to question my own beliefs, after all, if so many millions of people can be crazy, can't it be that I AM THE NUT. This quickly leads to the realization that I cannot PROVE that Ass Grab prison is not a nightmare, I cannot PROVE that Bush didn't lie and children die, and on and on. BUT, the one thing that we can be certain of, the one thing that can never ever be denied is that MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE, FOR TWO HUNDRED YEARS NOW, RISKED AND WILLINGLY GIVEN UP EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE JUST TO GET TO THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY STILL KEEP COMING. To me, this is unassailable and it tells me that this country is every bit as great as I always believed.


6 posted on 07/29/2006 6:45:53 AM PDT by RayStacy
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To: Harrius Magnus
Actually the Left IS a religion. It supplies for secular people a set of beliefs similiar to the religious beliefs people had before the onset of the modern age. Liberalism is impervious to reality and the more reality disproves it, the more committed to its myths, beliefs and leaders liberals become. Since its a religion, to convert a liberal is akin to a deprogramming exercise. To try doing that is to have the patience of Job.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)

7 posted on 07/29/2006 6:47:28 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RayStacy

"Actually, it is beyond that -- there's nothing left to question. They're traitorous, treasonous pieces of sub-human filth. End of story."

Beat me to it...


9 posted on 07/29/2006 6:48:38 AM PDT by piytar
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To: King Moonracer
And why shouldn't you. Jane Fonda, John Kerry, Ramsey Clark. Democrats and Traitors all. And these are heroes to the left.
10 posted on 07/29/2006 6:50:08 AM PDT by chesley (Republicans don't deserve to win, but America does not deserve the Dhimmicrats.)
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To: King Moonracer

Good article, but I DO question the Patiotism of Democrats!

__________________

You have stumbled into an essential truth. It is the Patoi-tism of the left that is unique and curious. Their language is strange but oddly familiar, as though it referenced a past not quite ever in focus. It is a sort of gibberish with sounds vaguely reminiscent of language spoken when we were children.
Liberal-speak is full of dire predictions unmatched by anything in the real world. Their promises describe the ever changing phantasmagoric illusions of their idyllic fantasies.
These are a strange and wonderful people who need not so much to be listened to as played with. Coulter's astounding wisdom clarifies our relationship with liberals. They are pets. They are for play, for frittering away the hours of tedium that sandwich the serious business of living in the real world.
Is it any wonder liberalism is centered in the entertainment industry?


11 posted on 07/29/2006 6:50:35 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: Harrius Magnus

I don't question their patriotism; I question their existence.


12 posted on 07/29/2006 6:53:47 AM PDT by Dionysius
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To: Harrius Magnus

It's well worth visiting the cited author's website:

http://onecosmos.blogspot.com/


13 posted on 07/29/2006 6:56:54 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: RayStacy
Yeah, Liberalism is a kinda mental impairment. As their premises are shown to be faulty they seem to descend into a kind of protective insanity where they refuse to hear another point of view. I think it's a form of denial.
14 posted on 07/29/2006 6:59:03 AM PDT by kjo
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To: King Moonracer
Good article, but I DO question the Patiotism of Democrats!

I don't question there patriotism, I question which side they are on, period.

15 posted on 07/29/2006 6:59:44 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: Harrius Magnus
Democrats-and-the-Culture-of-Conniption PING! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
16 posted on 07/29/2006 7:07:10 AM PDT by TheRobb7 (http://HeartofAmerica.bravehost.com....Interactive for Conservatives)
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To: headsonpikes

I know, I checked out the site and immediately added two quotes to my list of stickies:

"Billions of dollars are made in the gap between infantile entitlement and parental failure."

AND

"Leftists always want to put us out of their misery."

also consider:

"I suspect that most little boys who are on ritalin or other drugs actually suffer from a disease called “being a little boy."

I'm going to do some lurking at that blog for sure.


17 posted on 07/29/2006 7:17:33 AM PDT by Harrius Magnus (Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment!)
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To: dinasour

Marxism and today's American brand of it comes down to two things.

1) Lack of self esteem
2) The belief that there are actually people that give a flying F about your lack of self esteem.

Of course these people are wealthy and influential. People look up to these self proclaimed champions of the poor, minorities, elderly, social misfits, environment, anti war, animal lover people to help shape their lives. Give them structure if you will.

Because many people see this world in those terms, they gravitate to these "leaders". Stupidity knows no bounds and these leaders know this. Marxism wasn't founded by stupid people, nor was Islamofascism. To believe that is was puts us into the same "stupid" category.

For the most part, it is formatted on a mob mentality or groupthink paradigm. Control the environment and you can control the people. Use the tools available to you to promote your agenda. Take the MSM. Journalists from Columbia are the same people with the same lack of self esteem. They feel by writing damaging articles against the fabric which they are taught to hate in college, they feel better about themselves.

There was an article recently that said Republicans are happier people. Well, we have a better feel about self esteem and self worth. We go out and earn our keep. We have faith in the lord and in ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions. We believe in people and not in having someone take care of us.

This is what is wrong with the American left. The difference between the American left and the left in other countries is we tell Americans, "It is your country. You are free to make your fortune or not. You are free to express your emotions and to take responsbility for your life." In other countries, you try this and you get a bullet in the head or put into a gulag or reeducation camp.

Unfortunately, our message from the right either isn't clear or is being censured from the left as this is the lefts biggest fear, that people will understand that they choose their life and not some Marxist with a self esteem problem. Which explains why they claim victimhood.


18 posted on 07/29/2006 7:24:11 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: RayStacy
BUT, the one thing that we can be certain of, the one thing that can never ever be denied is that MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE, FOR TWO HUNDRED YEARS NOW, RISKED AND WILLINGLY GIVEN UP EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE JUST TO GET TO THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY STILL KEEP COMING. To me, this is unassailable and it tells me that this country is every bit as great as I always believed.

Hear, hear! That is the only metric that really matters. We take more immigrants than the rest of the world combined, which only stands to reason, as this country is greater than the rest of the world combined.

-ccm

19 posted on 07/29/2006 7:24:57 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: Harrius Magnus
I just had a debate with a Liberal friend who happens to have a PhD in physics and came from a communist country. He argued that the earth has passed its carrying capacity for human population. The way to change it is to limit our consumption. Of course, his main target is the US (he holds a green-card, and about to become a citizen, though): Americans consume too much.

His solution: let the state decide the level of consumption by using some 'scientific way' to allocate resources. That way, every body will only consume according to his/her need. When I pointed out that that exactly command economy is about, he said, "well, may be, but in the past, they didn't use science to allocate the resources"...

I kept asking him how do we know that we already pass the threshold, so he gave examples of 'catastrophic' result when someone introduced a new species to the sea. But, he conceded that we don't really know how far men contribute to many natural phenomena today. He also conceded to my argument, however, that 'carrying capacity' assumes some constant use of factor production(s) and technological change. In other words, 'carrying capacity' is dynamic. And, if that is the case, then his argument of passing the threshold become somewhat moot.

During the debate, we kept getting to the point that we both agree that we don't know much about the impact of environmental change, and yet, I pointed out to him, he kept choosing the negative scenarios.

20 posted on 07/29/2006 7:25:14 AM PDT by paudio (Universal Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Liberals want to have cake and eat it too!)
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To: Harrius Magnus
With their gods having failed them, leftists have turned to cant, ritual, and hysterical repetition of their golden oldie playlist of slogans. And most of all, the demonization of their opponents. It is fairly primitive, and often comic, with tinges of tragedy.

And the paranoid Al Gore is their new "Rock Star".

21 posted on 07/29/2006 7:25:47 AM PDT by melt (Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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To: Harrius Magnus

I couldn't agree more.


22 posted on 07/29/2006 7:33:59 AM PDT by quadrant
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To: King Moonracer

I don't question their patriotism: I know for a fact they have none to question.


23 posted on 07/29/2006 7:43:27 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Harrius Magnus

I still see their wretched, insane socialism advancing or holding on nearly front.

Property rights have taken a horrendous beating in the last 30 years, culminating in Kelo.

I can't legally buy a full auto without shelling out stacks of cash and bowing to the fascist federal functionairies.

And federal spending has gone up about 100% in the past 10 years, and that's with the republicans controlling the house.

Too damn much government for me.


24 posted on 07/29/2006 7:43:35 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Nothing happens in a vacuum until I get there - the 4th Law of Physics)
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To: Harrius Magnus

What I don't understand about the left, (and I now think the left in America and the world is as dangerous, if not MORE dangerous than the insane, psychotic Islamofascists), is how totally unrealistic, unpragmatic and how incredibly naive, unaware and out of thouch they are with the reality that there is a large group of Muslims who have killed a large number of us and want to kill every single one of us!

Do they really not think that as soon as the psycho Islamofascists get nuclear weapons they won't use them on us? Do the "liberals" and leftist fruitcakes in this country really think the Muslims won't nuke NYC and DC?


25 posted on 07/29/2006 7:44:22 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam.)
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To: RayStacy
They're traitorous, treasonous pieces of sub-human filth.

But what do you really feel about them :O)

(you nailed it)

They are pitiful but not to be pitied. One does not pity snakes = one give them a wide berth or cuts off their head

26 posted on 07/29/2006 7:47:45 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: garyhope

"Do they really not think that as soon as the psycho Islamofascists get nuclear weapons they won't use them on us? Do the "liberals" and leftist fruitcakes in this country really think the Muslims won't nuke NYC and DC?"
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They don't care, and They don't care, are the answers to your questions, IMO.


27 posted on 07/29/2006 7:48:29 AM PDT by Harrius Magnus (Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment!)
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To: Harrius Magnus
...progressives are having to cope with a catastrophic collapse of their world and all of its comforting myths. As each myth crumbles in succession, they become increasingly frantic in papering over reality with the downright strange beliefs of their progressive crisis cult. Thus come delusional assertions

Spot on

28 posted on 07/29/2006 7:48:33 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: King Moonracer

I don't question Democrats' patriotism. I know that many (most) are not patriotic and a some of them are just outright traitors.


29 posted on 07/29/2006 7:50:32 AM PDT by tdewey10 (It's time for the party to return to the principles of President Reagan.)
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To: paudio
"I just had a debate with a Liberal friend who happens to have a PhD "

My ex-wife's sister and her husband were both PhD.'s and they were just the dumbest, most annoying and aggravating people I've ever known. I couldn't stand them. I hated being with them on family occasions. What was worse was having to go to a restaurant with them, they were embarrassing and I always wanted to pretend that I wasn't with them.
30 posted on 07/29/2006 7:53:38 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam.)
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To: Harrius Magnus
As each myth crumbles in succession, they become increasingly frantic in papering over reality with the downright strange beliefs of their progressive crisis cult.

This is not only a problem that the left faces. This is the end result of a Romantic Outlook that effects quite a few on the right as well. So much so that for a while this was my tag line.

Warning: Not a Romantic or hero worshiper. Attempts to tug at my heartstrings annoy me, and I bite

While the left is busy destroying itself we too must take care that we do not allow the Romantics to take charge of our side or we will soon go down the same path.

31 posted on 07/29/2006 7:59:42 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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To: tdewey10

"I don't question Democrats' patriotism. I know that many (most) are not patriotic and a some of them are just outright traitors."

I agree and wonder when push will come to shove with these people? What happens when a Congressman or Senator or other government official sells nuclear or defense secrets
to someone who uses it to commit a major act of war on us? Will anyone in this country EVER be tried or imprisoned for sedition on treason?

Will it ever get to a point for the very survival of the country (say to stop the Muslims from nuking an American city) that someone will actually have to just shoot some of the traitors within the government to stop the destruction of our freedom and country? Read Vince Flynn's "Term Limits".


32 posted on 07/29/2006 8:11:19 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I'm probably not the only one wondering what a romantic outlook is, what is it?


33 posted on 07/29/2006 8:18:23 AM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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To: RayStacy
One poll showed that the left has a conspiracy theory gap, there are more conspiracy theories(tinfoil hat nuts) coming from the Left. Its about 100-to-1 coming from the Left.
34 posted on 07/29/2006 8:45:43 AM PDT by FreeRep
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To: Harrius Magnus

I think there is something to this


35 posted on 07/29/2006 8:49:56 AM PDT by woofie
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To: TXFireman

ping


36 posted on 07/29/2006 9:03:33 AM PDT by Jonx6
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To: RayStacy

Bill Whittle asks: "Which direction do the rafts go?"


37 posted on 07/29/2006 9:11:22 AM PDT by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: RayStacy

Well stated!


38 posted on 07/29/2006 10:55:48 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: ansel12
To put it very simply the romantic seeks perfection and the destruction of all that is imperfect whether it is a system and culture or people. If it is now or was at any time in the past imperfect then it must be destroyed so the new Utopia can begin.

It is the most ardent emotional nonsense and is quite frankly the most dangerous of all philosophies because it allows no room for human nature in its true form nor does it allow room for deviation from The Ideal what ever that ideal is.

While you will find a high number of Romantics following such ideals as communism and environmentalism you can also find them on the right.

Always they seek to return to a past mythical golden age when all was glorious. The reality that such an age never existed will not stop them because they refuse to believe it.

39 posted on 07/29/2006 11:53:02 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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To: King Moonracer

I don't question their patriotism. They have none to question.


40 posted on 07/29/2006 11:58:17 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s...you weren't really there.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Sorry but it is still too general to help me.


41 posted on 07/29/2006 12:19:53 PM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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To: ansel12
Then read the works of Jean Jacques Rousseau. He is considered one of the primary proponents of Romanticism.
42 posted on 07/29/2006 12:27:01 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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To: Harrius Magnus

From the subject line I presumed the article focused on the left's long tendency to promote and use rolling "crisis" topics to invoke their political agenda.

School shooting > immediate calls for gun control.

Hot summer > it's America's fault and global warming, must ratify "Kyoto".

Terrorists launch rockets into Israel > Bush's fault, need the United Nations.

During the previous administration, the WH coordinated message with their allies in the MSM, and this became almost a soviet-style propaganda operation.


43 posted on 07/29/2006 12:31:01 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Earliest known photo of John Bolton: http://www.twainquotes.com/homequote2.jpg :)
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To: Harrius Magnus

Good explanation of the Leftwing-Moonbat BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) psychology!


44 posted on 07/29/2006 12:37:39 PM PDT by WOSG
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I was only looking for something to me help understand your posts, I don't really want to start studying Rousseau.


A couple of examples of groups on the right that embrace Romanticism would probably help me to figure out enough for use as it relates to this thread.


45 posted on 07/29/2006 12:55:24 PM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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To: ansel12
Ah, that makes it clearer. You miss my point in asking for groups. There are no groups but individuals who have a Romantic outlook. Some groups may have more Romantics then others but Romanticism is a individual trait.

Ayn Rand is one. Pat Buchanan could be classified as another. Robert Heinlein would be a third. Although their philosophies are different in many ways their outlooks are the same in that they are Romantics.

BTW you should study Rousseau.

46 posted on 07/29/2006 1:11:03 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Now I get it, but the only philosopher that has ever triggered an interest in me, was when I came across Thomas Reid in my 1903 set of Americana encyclopedias.

I think philosophy would have been different for me if the professors had introduced me to Reid, instead of trying to explain why a dumb ass like Nietzsche was so brilliant.


47 posted on 07/29/2006 1:33:00 PM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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To: ansel12
Rousseau is one that actually turned me off of philosophy for a long time. What a jerk! However his work is the foundation for much that came later so I think that plowing through his stuff is necessary. Many theories on modern education come from his works and so does Marxism.

For philosophers I enjoy Locke, Smith and Hume, to list the top three. But one of the things I found important is not to hero worship. They were a bunch of very clever guys with interesting ideas some which I even agree with. :)

But perfect they were not nor do the best of them claim to be.

48 posted on 07/29/2006 2:34:00 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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To: Harrius Magnus

As far as questioning patriotism goes, the Left is most certainly not in support of the America that actually is, the one they fill up entire days inventing accusations and condemnatory rhetoric for. Their "patriotism" consists of an admiration for an America that exists only in their minds. When they say they are "progressives," that's what they think they are progressing toward. In fact they're crawling after an ever-receding mirage and it is the rest of us who they blame for it.


49 posted on 07/29/2006 2:41:05 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I'm clearly not the guy to discuss philosophy with, but here is a link on Reid, I would be surprised if he doesn't at least get some agreement from you (since you hate Romanticism).
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/reid/


50 posted on 07/29/2006 2:46:08 PM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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