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Is Pseudo-Liberalism a Mental Disorder?

—John deVries, WorldNetDaily.com, Nov. 12, 2008

[COMMENT:  By Pseudo-Liberalism (my title), I mean the kind of liberalism which sees truth as relative.  True (Jeffersonian) liberalism seeks to find the truth by which we can be set free.  It insists on the open and free marketplace of ideas.  Pseudo-liberalism has given up on truth, and therefore must focus on feeling good and power struggle. 

I do not know whether to call this "liberalism" a mental disorder, it might more aptly be called a spiritual and moral disorder, a choice to subvert truth, which St. Paul points out is the first step in the Fall (see Romans 1:18 ff.).   In the process of such subverting, one begins to believe his own press, and gets caught in his own lies -- a one-way trip downhill.  First comes idolatry, worship of the world rather than God who created the world, and then a slide into compulsive, self-destructive behaviors -- as the passage in Romans 1 describes.       E. Fox]

Politics 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.

Rositer says the kind of liberalism being displayed by both Barack Obama and his Democratic primary opponent Hillary Clinton 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.”

—John deVries, WorldNetDaily.com, Nov. 12, 2008


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Date Posted -  09/15/2009   -   Date Last Edited - 09/15/2012