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The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness Paperback – October 21, 2011
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A side benefit of his book is his analysis of mental development in all its phases from infancy to adulthood. This is a valuable foundation for those of us who are responsible for raising children. It is valuable in itself, and it is of value in judging how-to information.
A section I shall refer to often is entitled The Liberal Manifesto: Major Principles. In it he lays bare the modern liberal belief system. It is an exhaustive, seemingly complete, and dispassionate statement of what modern liberals believe. There is no hyperbole, no attempt to make it worse than it is; it's just a straight, objective, verifiable catalogue of the modern liberal's beliefs. As Ann Coulter observes, liberals don't tell you what they actually think; if they did, they would never get elected.
Doctor Rossiter ties it all together in a series of radical liberal hypothetical confessions. In each case the malady confessed to stems from a different developmental failure than the others. The confessions are the result of successful psychiatric treatment. The patient understands his liberal madness and the developmental failures that caused it. This is another part of the book I shall return to often; it's entertaining and informative.
So with all this good stuff why did I only give the book four stars? When I like a book, even one I have some disagreements with, I go all the way - five stars. I'm easy.Read more ›
I agree with other reviewers that this book is dry and can be a stuggle to get through. The first 300 pages painstakingly build the foundation for the last few chapters. Basically the author reasons that Liberals, especially the hard Left, are projecting their childhood trauma upon the world of politics. The modern Liberal agenda is not compatible with liberty. Overall he makes a good case.
I would not say that this is required reading or a book that would change the mind of a Liberal. I would say, however, that it is a worthwhile, interesting read and would make a good addition to any conservative collection.
For the first time I could confirm a long held impression that liberals have some problem in their way of thinking. The Liberal Mind convincingly states that what appears to be just normal people worried about real social and political problems is in fact a neurosis which manifests itself in trying to manipulate those who just want to live their lives autonomously and cooperatively by attacking their freedom. Dr. Rossiter gives a complete description of signs, symptoms and causes of this neurosis. And a didactical one, for he emphasizes and repeats key concepts all through the book, so that when introducing new concepts the fundamentals are never out of sight.
Anyone who still understands man as an autonomous and cooperative being must read this book. The Liberal Mind is a wonderful guide through the sophisms the liberal neurosis creates in the mind of those affected by it, even if the liberal agenda has already dominated the mentality of almost a whole country.
Throughout the centuries man has stumbled from one leadership model to another: Roman Emperors, Kings and Fuedalism, Popes, Aristocracy, and Socialism. All are dead ends for those who wished to rule over the individual. Everything from gun control to Gulags have been tried by the socialist state without achivement, yet they use the same methods over and over. To repeat the same action over and over and expect different results is the very definition of madness. This book gives the "Why"
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Thought provoking, solid yet edgy. I can only imagine the lamentation of any "liberals " who have this data and information shoved up their snoots . Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well written understandable book by a psychiatrist that traces how societies and individuals develop and how maladaptive behaviors can lead to a dysfunctional social structure.Published 5 days ago by Photoniks
To anyone but those already steeped in conservative myths, this could only pass as satire of right-wing thinking, or an example of spurious reasoning. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Louis C. Nuyens
Pretty deep. Just how I like them! Gets a little redundant in the latter chapters, but still an absolutely excellent evaluation of the liberal mind.Published 2 months ago by Job L. King
Contrived and committed to a conclusion. Failure to investigate real psychological implications. Too politically motivated and biased. Generalized assumptions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chuck K.
Bravo, Lyle. Courageous and technically detailed analysis of the corruption of the leftist mind. This book is a bottom-up analysis which compliments other top-down books finding... Read morePublished 4 months ago by john d lofgren
The book is very complete and accurate with its content. If you want a deep understanding of the Liberal mindset this is the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cyclingfrank