Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, November 12, 2004

The Modern Puritans

"The thought occurs to me that politically, the Left is the modern Puritans - they want to live life their own way and make sure everyone else does, too." - Donald Sensing
I have been struck by the reaction of the Left after the election in blaming their loss on rampant homophobia and right-wing religious zealotry. They are, in large measure, accusing the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy of wanting to create a Fundamentalist Christian Theocracy, and I was reminded, ironically enough, of the Reverend Donald Sensing's comment quoted above.

I was reminded of it because the Left seems to me to be exhibiting its repeated tendency towards psychological projection, defined as:
A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits.

The externalisation of internal unconscious wishes, desires or emotions on to other people. The individual perceives in others the motive he denies having himself. Thus the cheat is sure that everyone else is dishonest. The would-be adulterer accuses his wife of infidelity.
And the closeted Puritan is convinced that the world wants to impose an alien theocracy upon him.

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