[Editor’s note: Make sure to read Robert Spencer’s masterpiece contributions in Jamie Glazov’s new book: Barack Obama’s True Legacy: How He Transformed America.]
How did they ever get this through? Our nation’s colleges and universities today are radioactive wastelands of far-Left indoctrination. Demonization and defamation of patriots and others who tell truths about issues Leftists cover with lies is common to the point of being routine and taken for granted. A central element of this propaganda is bogus psychoanalysis purporting to show that to stand for freedom and love America is a clear sign of derangement, while believing that men can become women and that socialism is a viable political system are healthy indications of sanity. In that atmosphere, it’s astounding that this academic study was published at all. But it was, and it shows the truth: Leftism is driving people nuts. Literally.
The Left has been weaponizing psychology against patriots for decades. As far back as 1964, a magazine that called itself Fact but was actually unacquainted with anything deserving of the name published a cover story entitled “1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit To Be President!” Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater sued for libel and won, as none of the psychiatrists involved in the article had ever actually met him; they were all diagnosing him from a distance based on their political proclivities. This new study of the psychology of Leftism, however, is nothing like such political manipulation and hackery; it’s a genuine examination of the effect that Leftism has on a healthy mind.
The New York Post reported Thursday that “Left-wing extremism is linked to toxic, psychopathic tendencies and narcissism, according to a new study published to the peer-reviewed journal Current Psychology.” Anyone on the Right could have told you that after even the most cursory contact with Leftists, but its confirmation in an academic study is a major surprise. The study’s authors state: “Based on existing research, we expected individuals with higher levels of left-wing authoritarianism to also report higher levels of narcissism.” Of course. What else is it but narcissism to think that one is sufficiently knowledgeable and wise to dictate to others how they live, and control their choices so that they do not stray beyond what the Leftist authoritarians consider to be acceptable bounds?
Study authors Ann Krispenz and Alex Bertrams call this Leftist narcissism the “dark-ego-vehicle principle” and explain: “According to this principle, individuals with dark personalities — such as high narcissistic and psychopathic traits — are attracted to certain forms of political and social activism which they can use as a vehicle to satisfy their own ego-focused needs instead of actually aiming at social justice and equality.” What? You mean Leftists aren’t really interested in social justice and equality at all, but simply use such rhetoric to fool the uninformed, while actually pursuing their own “ego-focused needs”? Of course. Any examination of the Soviet Union or any other Marxist state, with its wealthy elites proclaiming themselves the vanguard of the proletariat and living high on the backs of the poor while proclaiming themselves their saviors from economic injustice, makes that abundantly clear.
The study adds that “certain forms of activism might provide them with opportunities for positive self-presentation and displays of moral superiority, to gain social status, to dominate others, and to engage in social conflicts and aggression to satisfy their need for thrill seeking.” Right, that’s an academic way to say that Leftists love to engage in hypocritical virtue-signaling in order to manipulate others.
And the hypocrisy is indeed heavy: “Social justice is often used as a guise for these activists to behave unhinged, the research noted.” What’s more, a Leftist activist “might declare anyone to be ‘old fashioned’ who is opposing their own ‘progressive values,’ strive to suppress free speech to regulate the expression of right-wing beliefs in educational institutions, and even endorse the use of violence to reach their own political goals.” Of course. Because they think they know better, and must impose their superior knowledge upon the racist, redneck, right-wing yahoos who have the temerity to resist their wisdom and prefer their own stupidity.
This study doesn’t tell patriots anything they didn’t know already, but it is remarkable for its singularity, and for the very fact that it exists, and was able to be published in today’s academic environment. It could conceivably even represent a crack in the edifice, and evidence that the kneejerk Leftism that dominates American academia is finally beginning to recede. But for that, we’ll have to see how many years it will be before a similar study is published.