- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Free World Books, LLC (October 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977956318
- ISBN-13: 978-0977956319
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
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The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness Paperback – October 21, 2011
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The Liberal Mind is the first in-depth examination of the major political madness of our time: The radical left’s efforts to regulate the people from cradle to grave. To rescue us from our troubled lives, the liberal agenda recommends denial of personal responsibility, encourages self-pity and other-pity, fosters government dependency, promotes sexual indulgence, rationalizes violence, excuses financial obligation, justifies theft, ignores rudeness, prescribes complaining and blaming, denigrates marriage and the family, legalizes all abortion, defies religious and social tradition, declares inequality unjust, and rebels against the duties of citizenship. Through multiple entitlements to unearned goods, services and social status, the liberal politician promises to ensure everyone’s material welfare, provide for everyone’s healthcare, protect everyone’s self-esteem, correct everyone’s social and political disadvantage, educate every citizen, and eliminate all class distinctions. Radical liberalism thus assaults the foundations of civilized freedom. Given its irrational goals, coercive methods and historical failures, and given its perverse effects on character development, there can be no question of the radical agenda's madness. Only an irrational agenda would advocate a systematic destruction of the foundations on which ordered liberty depends. Only an irrational man would want the state to run his life for him rather than create secure conditions in which he can run his own life. Only an irrational agenda would deliberately undermine the citizen’s growth to competence by having the state adopt him. Only irrational thinking would trade individual liberty for government coercion, sacrificing the pride of self-reliance for welfare dependency. Only a madman would look at a community of free people cooperating by choice and see a society of victims exploited by villains. [From The Liberal Mind; The Psychological Causes of Political Madness by Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., MD]
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If you have any back round knowledge of Freudian theories, just cut to the chase & be wonderfully rewarded by some very clear didactic thinking by the author. After that, your interest may be perked enough to start digesting the 40 chapters of preamble that support the summary.
Highly recommended ( by me anyway). Great explanations of why people act the way they do.
And as entertainment, while noting reviews of the reviews below, this sentence caught my eye:
"Speaking logic to a liberal is like speaking French to a poodle. You'd think it should work, but it doesn't."
The flagitious nature of of the cognitively challenged mind is explained in full detail. Highly recommended for those wishing to fully
understand the pathologies of the "Left".
I do think the author made some very salient points with today's liberal philosophy, and many liberals in general. It was a good read, and it made me think as to why many so - called liberals think and act the way they do. I wish he had titled the book a little differently, for I do understand that liberals today are not on the same wave length as a John F. Kennedy, or Harry Truman were, but most of the liberals I know are more of that mind set. If he titled it the far- left mind set, I might have agreed more with his assessment, but still a very interesting book.