Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Psychodynamics of the Radical Liberal Mind

The Psychodynamics of the Radical Liberal Mind

The first step toward an in-depth understanding of adult behavior is to comprehend its origins in childhood. Whether adaptive or maladaptive, the enduring patterns of thinking, emoting, behaving and relating that define adult personality begin in the early years of life. In fact, our earliest experiences with caretakers and others, acting on inherited temperament factors, strongly determine our later personality traits, including those expressed in political values and beliefs.

The dispositions of the liberal mind are no exception: his hopes and fears, beliefs and passions, values and morals are in great measure the legacy of his childhood from birth through adolescence. The traits that define who he is are the traits that lead him to pursue particular goals in the political arena and to use particular methods to achieve them.

The radical liberal mind’s goals are now familiar, of course, but another brief summary will prove useful in highlighting their essentially childlike nature. Just noted were the grandiose goals of providing for everyone’s material welfare and healthcare, protecting everyone’s self-esteem correcting all social and political disadvantages, educating all citizens, and eliminating all class distinctions.

In his pursuit of these goals, he intends to construct a universal human family, one united in bonds of mutual love, concern, caretaking and tolerance. Through drastic government action the radical liberal seeks the following:

1. A powerful parental government to provide everyone with a good life and a caring presence

2. An elite corps of surrogate parents that will manage the lives of the people through approximately equal distributions of goods and services, just as real parents provide equally for the needs of their children

3. A guarantee of material security from the state, similar to that which a child expects from his parents

4. A form of parental social justice that cures or mitigates all states of deprivation, inequality, suffering and disadvantage

5. A guarantee that negative rights for the protection of individual liberty will yield to positive rights that reduce or eliminate inequalities of wealth, social status and power, just as good parents would balance benefits to their children

6. Government laws that will punish the “haves” for their excesses and compensate the “have-nots” for the pangs of envy, just as good parents would do for their children

7. Government directives from wise and caring officials that channel the citizen’s initiative and industry through social programs and tax incentives, just as wise parents determine the directions of the family’s labors

8. Government policy that instructs the people in how to relate to each other politically, just as good parents instruct their children in how to conduct themselves properly

9. Permissive laws passed by sympathetic legislators that lower the obligations of contracts, ease codes of acceptable conduct, and relax the burdens of established institutions such as marriage and adoption procedures, just as indulgent parents would do

10. Government welfare programs that free the citizen-child from the duties of altruism, just as parents do

11. An international caring agenda that will enhance the family of nations by understanding everyone’s hardships, tolerating destructive actions by others, and empathizing with aggressors to bring them to the negotiating table, just as good parents do in resolving family disputes

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http://www.townhall.com/columnists/LyleHRossiterJrMD/2007/02/11/the_psychodynamics _of_the_radical_liberal_mind

9 Comments:

Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

reduce or eliminate inequalities of wealth

Isn't that in The Communist Manifesto?

7:49 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Verbatim, I believe!

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

My parents already raised me, thank you very much.

8:42 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

A good spanking usually clears the mind, especially delivered in a timely and dispassionate manner!
As for negative rights, humph, you don't do your chores you don't get an allowance, you smart off to me you may be grounded and disciplined, and if you attack your sibling you will find your fanny in a sling!
You DO those things you are supposed too, without being told to, you find yourself with expanded options, choices and responsibilities!
Leftistas sure as the world don't live in the REAL world!

tmw

9:19 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Well, we certainly got spanked when the time was right--and it DOES focus the mind! And Brooke, I think you're right!

10:04 AM  
Blogger FLORIAN said...

Communism's goal is to eliminate "inequalities" and disparities. Which is why liberals and commies hate the individual and adore--no worship the group. I always view liberal adults as immature spoiled brats who never grew up.

12:00 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

Florian is right, most of them are children who weren't properly disciplined. Most likely they were never spanked, while some may have suffered terrible abuse, balance is what was missing.

Donal this was an OUTSTANDING look into the murky depths of the "hater" psyche. One common theme I've noticed with these lefties--that's what they really are, they're not "liberals"--is that they are full of rage and anger! So let's turn the table on them and call them haters. :-)

Contrast the lefty/hater mindset with the run-of-the-mill conservative. From the article by Lyle Rossiter MD;

"What the competant citizen wants, in contrast to the modern liberal, is a coherant and dependable structure for ordered liberty, secured by a limited government that respects the autonomy and sovereignty of the individual and protects his property rights against the constant invasions of collectivism."

This is friggin BRILLIANT writing! Well said Lyle Rossiter!!

Morgan

3:05 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

We're havin' quite a rock-throw over at TownHall about this one! Been there all day! (I'm DONAL over there...)

4:06 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

I went over there and read the back and forth. Good show! You gave it to them good.

Morgan

6:22 PM  

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