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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Free World Books, LLC (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977956318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977956319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., M.D. received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago. He is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry and has diagnosed and treated mental disorders for more than forty years. He has been retained by numerous public offices, courts, and private attorneys as a forensic psychiatrist and has consulted in more than 2700 civil and criminal cases in both state and federal jurisdictions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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128 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Al from Chicago on August 1, 2009
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I'm a 35 year old "recovering" Liberal. In the past 4 years or so I discovered what conservatism actually was through stumbling upon authors such as Sowell and Hayek. It turns out that I have been a conservative my entire life, I just didn't know it, because I didn't know what conservatism actually was, and I didn't recognize the folly of the Progressive ideology that was forced upon me from an early age.

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.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Carl Bitzer on January 21, 2009
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There are several agents responsible for the structure of the modern liberal mind. They include the philosophical, cultural, intellectual (ignorance of economics), psychological, and perhaps even genealogical. Doctor Rossiter makes a superb contribution to our understanding of the psychological in his book.

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.
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290 of 357 people found the following review helpful By Joel Tang Junior on October 1, 2007
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For years I have tried to discuss rationally with liberals/socialists. The only result I could get was to doubt my arguments, no matter how solid they were, because reason didn't seem powerful enough to move them. I could see that the liberal agenda was economically unsound and even against the basic facts of human nature. Just when I was giving up any possibility of ever understanding the liberal mind and its irrational assaults on reason and human nature, I came across Dr. Rossiter's book.
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.
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283 of 350 people found the following review helpful By Happy Face on February 17, 2008
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I purchased this book to illuminate the wellspring of a slightly different topic, Why liberals feel socialism is superior to freedom, given the evidence of the last 120 years and the blood spilled by governments against their own people. Rommels book "The Black Book of Communism" details the horrors, but not the "Why". Given the evidence of total failures of Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Castro, the African Communist states, the current clown Hugo Chavez plus the failures of the European states in both production and sheer vitality (their demographic populations will disappear within 50 years given current birth rates) you would think that even the liberal's would be demanding an overhaul of their own philosophy, or even second thoughts. Not so.

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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