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Is Liberalism a Mental Illness?

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A prominent psychiatrist, Dr. Lyle Rossiter published a book, The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.

The Liberal Mind

The Liberal Mind

Dr. Rossiter is a board-certified clinical psychiatrist who has been diagnosing and treating mental disorders for more than 35 years, and has examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist. According to WND, he is also a man who has lived “a life virtually free of activism and links to ‘the vast right-wing conspiracy.’

Dr. Rossiter describes liberals as having “strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded.”

He compares liberals to “spoiled, angry children,” who are rebelling against “the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.”

An excerpt from his book

Like all other human beings, the modern liberal reveals his true character, including his madness, in what he values and devalues, in what he articulates with passion. Of special interest, however, are the many values about which the modern liberal mind is not passionate: his agenda does not insist that the individual is the ultimate economic, social and political unit; it does not idealize individual liberty and the structure of law and order essential to it; it does not defend the basic rights of property and contract; it does not aspire to ideals of authentic autonomy and mutuality; it does not preach an ethic of self-reliance and self-determination; it does not praise courage, forbearance or resilience; it does not celebrate the ethics of consent or the blessings of voluntary cooperation. It does not advocate moral rectitude or understand the critical role of morality in human relating. The liberal agenda does not comprehend an identity of competence, appreciate its importance, or analyze the developmental conditions and social institutions that promote its achievement. The liberal agenda does not understand or recognize personal sovereignty or impose strict limits on coercion by the state. It does not celebrate the genuine altruism of private charity. It does not learn history’s lessons on the evils of collectivism.

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 judgment, 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.”

The liberal cure for this endless malaise is a very large authoritarian government that regulates and manages society through a cradle to grave agenda of redistributive caretaking. It is a government everywhere doing everything for everyone. The liberal motto is “In Government We Trust.” To rescue the people from their troubled lives, the agenda recommends denial of personal responsibility, encourages self-pity and other-pity, fosters government dependency, promotes sexual indulgence, rationalizes violence, excuses financial obligation, justifies theft, ignores rudeness, prescribes complaining and blaming, denigrates marriage and the family, legalizes all abortion, defies religious and social tradition, declares inequality unjust, and rebels against the duties of citizenship. Through multiple entitlements to unearned goods, services and social status, the liberal politician promises to ensure everyone’s material welfare, provide for everyone’s healthcare, protect everyone’s self-esteem, correct everyone’s social and political disadvantage, educate every citizen, and eliminate all class distinctions. With liberal intellectuals sharing the glory, the liberal politician is the hero in this melodrama. He takes credit for providing his constituents with whatever they want or need even though he has not produced by his own effort any of the goods, services or status transferred to them but has instead taken them from others by force.

It should be apparent by now that these social policies and the passions that drive them contradict all that is rational in human relating, and they are therefore irrational in themselves. But the faulty conceptions that lie behind these passions cannot be viewed as mere cognitive slippage. The degree of modern liberalism’s irrationality far exceeds any misunderstanding that can be attributed to faulty fact gathering or logical error. Indeed, under careful scrutiny, liberalism’s distortions of the normal ability to reason can only be understood as the product of psychopathology. So extravagant are the patterns of thinking, emoting, behaving and relating that characterize the liberal mind that its relentless protests and demands become understandable only as disorders of the psyche. The modern liberal mind, its distorted perceptions and its destructive agenda are the product of disturbed personalities.

As is the case in all personality disturbance, defects of this type represent serious failures in development processes. 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 Twentieth Century, the radical liberal’s attempts to create a brave new socialist world have invariably failed. At the dawn of the Twenty-first Century his attempts continue to fail in the stagnant economies, 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.


The ‘Psychology’ of Liberals

Written by Ben

October 5, 2008 at 9:15 am

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  1. Tremendous read. As Michael Savage notes, “Liberalism is a mental disorder” though with him the idea is more opinion based, this post sheds new light on the cradle-to-grave ideas of liberals. Two thumbs up.

    An Informed Mind

    December 7, 2009 at 6:26 pm

  2. Intellectual reductionism at it’s worst. This doctor seems to have an axe to grind. No person – whether republican or democrat all think the same.

    This article also does not have any footnotes to substantiate his views.


    November 3, 2010 at 8:11 am

  3. The article nicely sums up the liberals. Although many I know do not fit every aspect of that rigid description. Many of those traits I can see in my liberal friends though. Limited personal responsibility being the biggest one.


    February 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  4. In a nutshell, which is where those on the left belong, the liberal has a “what’s in it for me?” attitude often driven by emotion, where the conservative thinks more about “is it good for the country?” sans emotion a position which those from the left call “mean spirited”.

    To underscore the position of the liberal, take a look at those in Europe today who are taking to the streets to protest austerity measures designed to save them and their country. Truly, they do not get it, for if they did, they would go home, sit down, shut up and take their medicine.

    But their belief that the government is taking away their entitlements, a belief rooted in decades of government policies, tell them to protest the measures.

    In their minds, the big bad government is at fault, but fault lies at the feet of the public who has demanded access to the treasury and got it.

    Their collective logic driving them to protest is tantamount to shooting yourself in the head to break a fever.


    February 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

  5. The lack of personal responsibility is the root of all problems. I grew up in communist Hungary and under communism the lack of responsibility was clearly observable. If an individual tried to look after themselves, then the State found ways to charge this person either by political or economical means. In that system the lack of responsibility was bred in by the State. In America, the lack of responsibility is the inner mantra of the liberals who basically promote the dependence on the State. This is where the ‘mental disorder’ aspect comes in. it is inconceivable to me that a group of people promote the very same way of life which intends to remove the conditions which made them able to promote their ideas the first place. This is why I think the diagnosis of ‘mental disorder’ is spot on.


    June 15, 2011 at 7:13 am

  6. Psycholigist Lyle Rossiter explains how liberalism and the modern day democrat embodies mental disease.

    George Hernandez

    September 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

  7. But here a question are to simple, mental peoples can be in politic and must ban, and also can be a Lawyer or Doctor or business ect. How we can permit mental ill in a powers? Fro my view this times be will to dark for liberals, is to much atrocity in a short time, also what I was calculate liberals are no more of 30 to 35% of all population, but a point are voter was and see to much wrong from liberals. Must need change a rules, any one won run for public office must take a mental evaluation. We are near to another Civil War and why? because we leave mental ill go in powers. A normal person never will let and support a illegal alien became President, and sure if work for Nobuma be will work for all a rest, that why won all illegals here. Is not about immigrant, are about power.


    August 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm

  8. No doubt truth lays with the beholder. If the shoe fits, wear it!

    Dennis Andrew Ball

    April 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm

  9. The good Doctor lays bare the naked truth about liberalism. Any lay person gains the facts through unfiltered psychological dissection. Liberalism is truly the greatest threat the United States of America faces at this time in history

    Scott Sandberg

    March 14, 2017 at 2:51 am

  10. Lefties are communists. Period. If they really wanted to “help the “little guy”, then why have black communities disinegrated rapidly under DECADES of Commiecrat rule? They need to keep people poor, dumb,and angry so they can promise the same things over and over again and continue being reelected. That’s why they are so keen on flooding white countries with 3rd world savages-more commiecrat voters and socialist pigs who just LOVE feeding at the trough of other people’s wealth. And all those “evil rich white people” the liberals rail about, ya know, like Wall street, and all the big big banks and corporations, are the same ones democrat leaders bend over for. Liberals are violent, lawless, low IQ, american-hating Marxist thugs who don’t give a damn about anything but retaining power and keeping their crimes hidden (just look at how embarrassing they’ve become in their DESPERATE attempts to take down Trump and regain control) and gubment checks and free stuff, in the case of their voter base.


    June 16, 2017 at 8:47 am

  11. Righties live in a world where BELIEF and OPINION fully overwhelm EVIDENCE. . That is, WeirdWorld ! ! !

    Pore thangs ! ! !

    Allen N Wollscheidt

    March 29, 2018 at 4:45 pm

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