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Bad science fiction

July 12, 2013
The Daily News

EDITOR:

Psychiatrist Dr. Lyle Rassiter, author of "The Liberal Mind," analyzed the mind-set and described the values that embody Obama and his administration and followers.

What the liberal mind is passionate about is a world filled with pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice.

Those who occupy this world are "workers," "minorities," "the little guy," "women" and the "unemployed."

They are poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised, exploited and victimized.

They bear no responsibility for their problems. None of their agonies are attributable to faults or failings of their own; not to poor choices, bad habits, faulty judgement, wishful thinking, lack of ambition, low frustration, tolerance, mental illness or defects in character.

None of the victims' plight is caused by failure to plan for the future or learn from experience.

Instead, the "root causes" of all this pain lie in faulty social conditions: poverty, disease, war, ignorance, unemployment, racial prejudice, ethnic and gender discrimination, modern technology, capitalism, globalization and imperialism.

In the radical liberal mind, this suffering is inflicted on the innocent by various predators and persecutors: "Big Business," "Big Corporations," "greedy capitalists," U.S. Imperialists," "the oppressors," "the rich," "the wealthy," "the powerful" and "the selfish."

As is the case in all personality disturbances, defects of this type represent serious failures in development process.

The nature of these failures is detailed below.

Among their consequences are the liberal mind's relentless efforts to misrepresent human nature and to deny certain indispensable requirements for human relating. In his efforts to construct a grand collectivist utopia-to live what Jacques Barzun has called "the unconditioned life" in which "everybody should be safe and at ease in a hundred ways"-the radical liberal attempts to actualize in the real world an idealized fiction that will mitigate all hardship and heal all wounds. (Barzun 2000).

He acts out this fiction, essentially a Marxist morality play, in various theaters of human relatedness, most often on the world's economic, social and political stages. But the play repeatedly folds.

Over the course of the 20th century, the radical liberal's attempts continue to fail in the stagnant economics, moral decay and social turmoil now widespread in Europe. An increasingly bankrupt welfare society is putting the U.S. on track for the same fate if liberalism is not cured there.

Because the liberal agenda's principles violate the rules of ordered liberty, his most determined efforts to realize its visionary fantasies must inevitably fall short.

Yet, despite all the evidence against it, the modern liberal mind believes his agenda is good social science.

It is, in fact, bad science fiction. He persists in this agenda despite its madness.

Joe Massie

Quinnesec

 
 

 

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