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A Delusional Disorder
by Lee

There’s an interesting article in today’s San Francisco Crapicle discussing the “zero files,” the FBI’s real-life equivalent of the X-Files.  Cases of alien abductions, mind-control experiments, paranoid delusions, and the like.  It’s an enlightening little read, especially if you were, like me, an X-Files fan.  However, I was startled to come across this paragraph.

Experts who reviewed excerpts of the files said that despite the grand variety of language, content and topic, many of the authors shared certain characteristics common to delusional disorders. Leading those, they say, is the view that the world is a hostile place, filled with persecutors and conspirators, a world where the writer holds a special place as victim, savior, or both.

This, my friends, is a textbook definition of the modern-day liberal.  They view the world as a hostile place, where fascist corporations are destroying the world in the name of greed and profits, starting wars to line their own pockets with filthy lucre, and that only the sustained objection of the left-wing can possibly restore the world to sanity.  Liberalism is, therefore, a delusional disorder.

To bolster my assertion I was going to quote from Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed, where he discusses the four steps that are necessary for every mass social movement.  Unfortunately I cannot find the book anywhere.  I believe I loaned it to someone quite some time ago and it never got returned to me.  So, if one of you out there who has this book handy could kindly quote these steps in the comments below I would be greatly appreciative.

Update: From one of Sowell’s columns:

Among Hoffer’s insights about mass movements was that they are an outlet for people whose individual significance is meager in the eyes of the world and more important in their own eyes. He pointed out that the leaders of the Nazi movement were men whose artistic and intellectual aspirations were wholly frustrated.

Hoffer said: “The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.”

People who are fulfilled in their own lives and careers are not the ones attracted to mass movements: “A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding,” Hoffer said. “When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.”

What Hoffer was describing was the political busybody, the zealot for a cause the “true believer,” who filled the ranks of ideological movements that created the totalitarian tyrannies of the 20th century.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Lee on 11/30/03 at 04:00 PM (Discuss this in the forums)


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