Understanding the Socialist Delusion…”Democrats are nuts, and their violence will get worse”

Sunday, October 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

By Paul Murphy
October 28, 2018

Democrats are nuts, and their violence will get worse – but to help them back to sanity we must understand what’s going on with them.

We can observe the left’s behavior without understanding or judging it. In general that behavior can be summarized as a collective response to two conflicting imperatives: shout allegiance to basic Christian, and thus American, values; act at every opportunity in opposition to those values. That’s insane, but it is happening all around us, every day — ask any of the screaming harridans who protested the Kavanaugh confirmation and they’ll tell you they’re committed to the ideals of freedom, human rights, truth, and the rule of law — and yet their actions showed them spitting in the face of all they believe in, all that’s good about the American judicial and political system.

Their behavior has to change, but we can’t help them make that happen without first understanding it, and understanding starts with honest description. Although many highly visible leftists are so politically focused they’re intolerable, most ordinary democrats seem like sane, sensible, superficially educated (i.e.they present as literate, but have little or no factual knowledge of science, history, or western culture), and reasonably intelligent people you’d be glad to have as friends or neighbors — until the conversation touches on politics and you realize they’ve placed themselves beyond the reach of reason in this one area of their lives. You get together for a nice dinner: their oldest is in university but won’t study, yours drives too fast, their dog isn’t quite as gassy as yours, and everyone agrees the Twins will make it to the playoffs this year – but then someone brings up politics and it turns out they voted for Clintons every time; think Kavanaugh a rapist, see Trump as a Hitler wannabe, adore John Kerry and Jane Fonda, and think Cuba a successful democracy with great medical care for everyone.

That behavioral dichotomy demonstrates a limited, but very real, form of insanity in which the person’s actions in the political context absolutely contradict their own values and most deeply held beliefs. Thus they really do believe in civilized values and human rights, but instantly sever relationships with old friends who admit to thinking that the words “Peace and Love” don’t belong on posters of Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara; abhor political violence and think the Nazis epitomize evil but excuse and even support Antifa; hate racism but insist on racial quotas; value American rights and American freedoms but see nothing wrong with jailing Nakoula Basseley Nakoula on a pretext; demand rational analysis and reasoned argument from everyone on everything, but respond to almost any factual political statement you make with a vituperative ad hominem attack either on you or on some other conservative somewhere or somewhen.

The behavior is insane but typical for cultists in the later stages of delusion — exactly that chronicled by Leon Festinger and his colleagues in their study of believers who seem perfectly normal in their everyday lives, but repeatedly double down to the point of violence and suicide on loyalty to a prophet whose earlier prophecies have undeniably failed.

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