I’ve received a few back channel e-mails asking how an entire population of leftists (millions of them) can fail to discriminate between police and criminals, to pull down statues of abolitionists, or wear the neck-cloths of African tribes notorious for being slavers, all in the name of fighting imaginary neonazism, or how people can call both for gun confiscation and, without a blush or stammer, for defunding the police.
It takes a special kind of stupid if you’re a thinking person, but if you’re a pathological narcissist, maybe it all makes sense, I guess. Orwell summed it up in 1984 with the Party’s Slogan:
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
It only makes sense if you’re progressive.
How do we explain why the rich, who are routinely vilified by the Left, numbered among its most ardent supporters? Why do the secular American Jews fawn over the people who would thrill to throw them into box cars and send them off to be gassed?
How do we explain the Left’s astonishing hostility to facts, common sense, and evidence? How do we square their proud and enduring narcissism with their total lack of accomplishment, and with their utter devotion to destructiveness, a yearning to ruin everything they touch?
How do we explain their profound sanctimoniousness combined with their applause, praise, support, and tireless efforts to spread all perversions (especially sexual), moral decay, vulgarity, and every form of desecration?
Other than just chalking it up to narcissism, how do we explain their pretense of intellectual superiority combined with their notorious mental fecklessness? Maybe their professors instilled it in them in the expensive temples of higher learning where their parents sent them to get them out of the house? Maybe they learned it in shopping malls (temples of greed) where they learned to spend without earning?
How can we possibly explain the duality of their violence and their pacifism; why they hate the very things they should love most?
Why do they scorn and vilify any honest disagreement?
Why do the churches – the Catholics, the Baptists, the Buddhists, the Anglicans, the Congregationalists and even the Mormons throw money at domestic terrorist organizations and make common cause with the people who hate them most? And don’t tell me that it’s returning scorn with love and cash.
I often chalk this up to some form of insanity, some sort of intellectual infection that can’t be attributed to a plague, but it’s more complicated and simpler than that.
Rudyard Kipling wrote about it in 1909 and documented it in The City of Brass. Heinlein couched it in science fiction, but it’s still there for all who have eyes to see.
Continued tomorrow with Explaining the Left – part two