WorldNutty shrink: Liberal thinking a mental disorder

Every now and again it’s fun to take a peek at what the WND crew is up to. I can think of few other online experiences offering the same combination of hiliarity and horror. Hilarity, because it’s not often that one finds a site catering to the essaying whims of so many cranks, cretins, and colorfully corrupt Christopaths at once, several of them celebrities like Chuck Norris and Pat Boone. Horror, because millions of people read the columns on the site, purse their lips, nod their heads grimly, mutter, “Fuckin’-A,” and, after closing numerous annoying pop-ups that appear after visiting grow-your-manhood and get-rich-yesterday sites, surf around the troglodysphere to spread the word to cavalcades of similarly wall-eyed hominids.
My favorite today is easily this article about an “acclaimed, veteran psychiatrist” who had written a book called The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness. In the author’s own words:

A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do. A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and over-taxes the nation’s citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state – as liberals do.

So, as long as you accept all of those zany premises, and further, that you assume that the only thing that could drive such ideologies is insanity, well, I guess Dr. Rossiter makes an unimpeachable case. On the other hand, if you assume he’s just one more idiot with a medical degree and a yen for publicity, then you’re probably right.
What I find most interesting about this article is its placement on a site pandering to right-wingnuts and featuring countless ads that only someone who is either extremely stupid or deluded could find credible. Their “Special Offers” range from An easy 6-figure income for life to Free home electricity to various weight-loss scams and more. You have to hand it to Joseph Farah, who runs the site–he hits on each and every aspect of his visitors’ biases, ignorance, and gullibility.

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  1. #1 by Coturnix on December 13, 2008 - 7:25 pm

    A real shrink would be aware of this phenomenon….

  2. #2 by ngong on December 13, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    The husband of a friend shifted immediately from a liberal political view to a conservative one following a stroke. I’ve spoken to a couple other folks who have related similar anecdotes. I’ve yet to hear of a case of a sudden conservative -> liberal flip-flop. If anything, conservatism seems the manifestation of damaged or undeveloped regions of the brain.

  3. #3 by D. C. Sessions on December 13, 2008 - 9:07 pm

    A common phenomenon in all realms and among all parties is the Holy Warrior doctrine:
    * If you disagree with me, you just haven’t heard The Truth [1]
    * If can recite The Truth and still disagree with me, you must not understand The Truth [2]
    * If you obviously understand The Truth and still disagree with me, you must have perversely chosen to serve Evil [3].
    [1] Therefore, I must repeat The Truth, perhaps louder
    [2] Therefore, I must explain The Truth to you, as to a simpleton or madman. Well, that or belittle you.
    [3] You’re dead, Suckah!

  4. #4 by SDC on December 14, 2008 - 7:00 pm

    Nothing conveys authority like the use of Comic Sans. Hmmm.

  5. #5 by Kevin Beck on December 14, 2008 - 7:05 pm

    Actually, I’m the one who rendered the quoted material in Comic Sans MS. I’m going to do this every time I quote something moronic. I got the idea from PZ Myers, although this is not dissimilar to things I’ve done in the past.