Modern Leftists Beyond Stupid, by John Ray, a retired professor of psychology.
Why are Leftists so unreachable by reason? You can point out holes in their arguments but they are unmoved. And some of their claims are entirely out of touch with reality. “All men are equal”, being the prime example of that. And they can change positions on a dime — as Mr. Obama did: In the Senate he was against gay marriage. As president he was for it.
I think I can explain why they are like that. Freud understood. Sometimes people NEED false beliefs to make them happy with themselves and with life. Not everyone can face reality head-on. The use of mind-altering dugs is proof of that. Even in prehistoric times they brewed beer. Men have always needed to blunt the harsh impact of reality. Some of us can come down from delusions and finally face the real world and others can do that only partially or not at all.
And the Leftist has a particularly strong need that he has to cope with. He is a born-angry person; Born-miserable; Born unhappy. And the happiness research is very clear: You are largely born with your level of happiness/unhappiness. Some things can lift you up and some things can drag you down but it is transient. You soon revert to your chronic level of unhappiness.
The Leftist could take anger management classes or prayerfully approach the wisdom of Christ but he does not do that. He does what Freud called displacement. He explains his anger as caused by something outside himself — as caused by “injustice”, for instance. But the world is awash with injustice. Just the fact that 50% of the population is of below average IQ is a huge injustice. So conservatives just accept that while doing what little they realistically can do to ameliorate problems.
But the Leftist does not want to solve any problem. He wants to mentally bathe and luxuriate in problems. Even if some problem is solved, there will always be more problems. He needs injustices to explain to himself why he is so angry. So he sees himself as living in a world of evil, conniving people. “I’m not mad. There really are lots of bad people out there” is his message to himself.
And as Freud pointed out, such false beliefs tend to be deeply entrenched. The defensive person cannot afford to let go of his false beliefs. Lose too much of his protective belief system and he will have to face his own unfortunate nature head-on. He would have to face the reality that there are no sufficient grounds for his unhappiness.
So, in a word, the Leftist NEEDS his angry beliefs. He cannot afford to let go of them. Compared to his needs, logic and reason is a very weak force.
After closely observing leftists and leftism for decades, I think he’s probably about right. This view also means that leftism will always be with us — the psychological need is always there, just the policies come and go.