"THE MODERN LEFT IS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY OBSESSED WITH "POSITIVE RIGHTS" OR THE RIGHT TO CLAIM OWNERSHIP OF SOMETHING THEY DO NOT THEMSELVES POSSESS AND CAN ONLY BE PRODUCED BY THE LABOR OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING..."
POLITICAL PONEROLOGY AND THE CULT OF LEFTISM
PUBLISHED: 28h October, 2016 | By ADAM SMITH
"Unconscious psychological processes outstrip conscious reasoning, both in time and in scope, which makes many psychological phenomena possible: including those generally described as conversive, such as subconscious blocking out of conclusions, the selection, and, also, substitution of seemingly uncomfortable premises. [...]
Our subconscious may carry the roots of human genius within, but its operation is not perfect; sometimes it is reminiscent of a blind computer, especially whenever we allow it to be cluttered with anxiously rejected material. This explains why conscious monitoring, even at the price of courageously accepting disintegrative states, is likewise necessary to our nature, not to mention our individual and social good. [...]
We should point out that the erroneous thought processes described herein also, as a rule, violate the laws of logic with characteristic treachery. Educating people in the art of proper reasoning can thus serve to counteract such tendencies; it has a hallowed age-old tradition which seems to have been insufficiently effective for centuries. As an example: according to the laws of logic, a question containing an erroneous or unconfirmed suggestion has no answer. Nevertheless, not only does operating with such questions become epidemic among people with a tendency to conversion thinking, and a source of terror when used by psychopathical individuals; it also occurs among people who think normally, or even those who have studied logic."
- Andrew Lobaczewski
Polish dissident Andrew Lobaczewski was almost killed for writing the book "Political Ponerology" during Communist Era Poland. He literally had the research for the book burned by State Authorities and was imprisoned before fleeing to the US in his final years before he painstakingly reconstructed the material by memory. In it, he describes the macro social phenomenon known as "Ponerization" by which any political movement can be turned evil by any rational standards merely by the injection of what he calls "pathological material" into seemingly moral doctrines and slogans with what may have been initially altruistic intentions. While the book covers various of ponerized belief systems (Fascism, Marxism, religious fundamentalism) a particular emphasis is placed on communism where the author grew up.
The basic theory is that a certain percentage of psychopathical individuals are naturally attracted to power and find their way into positions of power within any hierarchical political institution or bureaucracy and eventually inject it with pathological material that masquerades as the original ideology. Even though I vehemently reject any ostensibly moral basis for Marxist Government, I would concede that numerous followers of Marx began, at the very least, with good intentions. Over time those good intentions were corrupted by the sociopaths and even any of the marginal humanitarian benefits of Marxism were eventually made subservient to the political body with threats and acts of violence against anyone who questioned their judgement. Over time Marxism naturally gave way to communism and communism simply became a totalitarian system of power and control.
During this transition phase the author noticed macro-social phenomenon that were associated with this transition towards totalitarianism. Let me list a few of these trends here:
- The replacement of ethics and morals with "para-morality" or ill intentions masquerading as morality.
- Institutionalized corruption, particularly in the humanistic sciences like psychology, economics and sociology that subsequently infects political bodies.
- An increase in the rise of propaganda combined with a decrease in the quality of thinking and communication skills of the society as a whole. Generally speaking, as truth becomes covered up in propaganda, communication itself becomes more difficult and strained as extra effort must be made to ensure that all communication standards are in line with currently accepted norms as dictated by the social elites. This extra effort is often enough to make economic growth difficult if not impossible and generally leads to recession and eventually societal implosion.
Fast forward a few decades and lets examine where we are now with the modern Left. Suffice it to say that much of modern day "Progressive Socialism" perfectly mirrors Lobaczewski's description of a society undergoing ponerization. Let's take the old "Hippie Left" and civil libertarians (often considered the grandfather movement of modern Progressive Socialism) as our point of genuine initial moral guidance - debatable yes but hear me out. Back then, these civil libertarians could at least rightly claim that they were "sticking it to the Man" when they protested segregation in the Deep South or at Union-Busting rallies in the North. While I don't agree with all the philosophy and strategies of the Old Left, I at least understood what the intention was, which often I can say I often agreed with. This was in part because the "Left" back then, as well as Civil Libertarians were mostly advocating for basic human rights (often negative rights) that Libertarians today agree with - Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, the Right to Vote, etc. There isn't much of a conflict there.
But soon enough, all that changed...
Nowadays the Modern Left is almost universally obsessed with "Positive Rights" or the right to claim ownership of something they do not themselves possess and can only be produced by the labor of another human being. Such "rights" are actually better understood as claims to the wealth of other human beings. There is seemingly an unlimited number of ways by which a member of the Modern Left can generate one of these illegitimate "claims" but generally speaking they follow one template: Assert that you are victim of the person(s) from whom you are making the claim against.
But this is where things get tricky for the Modern Leftist because naturally you cannot just go up to someone and say "I am the victim and you are the oppressor" and then immediately steal something from them at gun point - no, that would be too obvious. What is needed is a suitable para-moralism that allows one to explore the "Golden Mean" between the truth and its opposite until a satisfactory substitute is found that is the perfect balance between confusing, catchy and emotionally visceral. In the vast majority of cases a sloppy collective argument based entirely on group identity is made as well as an appeal to an authority to rule on said claim.
For instance, the entirety of the historical suffering of a given, non-living oppressed "minority" can be claimed to have been experienced (via transitive group identity) by a current member of said minority and used as a "claim" against any individual descendent of the claimed non-living oppressor group (minority or majority). Thus additional resources and welfare can be claimed even though no historical contractual arrangement had even been agreed to by either parties.
Its relatively easy to understand that this constitutes a classic Leftist "Paramoralism":
"Collective Group Historical Suffering of Non-Living Oppressed Class + Current (Non-Suffering) Member of Said Oppressed Class = Claim to Wealth by Forcible Extraction from Current Living Member of Oppressor Class"
This paramoralism is what is at the root of modern Leftist Ideology. It is taken as a basic given right and can be used as the pretext to force and ultimately violence. This is why we are seeing Social Justice Warrioring escalate and grow every year because the underlying claim itself is accepted, prima facie, as rational, fair and just.
But even all this is just scratching the surface. The psychological disorder of a Leftist goes much, much deeper than this...
You see, deep inside the Leftist's brain even they know such claims are total bullshit but that's not really an impediment for them. The reason is that most Leftists don't really even believe in any morality or even absolute truth. If pried, most Leftists will reveal themselves to be moral relativists - this is where their true colors are shown. Paramoralisms work just fine for them because they are only expressing a preferential, selfish morality which they believe constitutes all morality. They don't fundamentally believe in universal rights. They believe for instance, that "Negative Rights" (rights that can only be violated through the willful action of others) are nothing more than subjective preferences and are hence indistinguishable from positive rights thus they don't exist in any objective or meaningful way. Stated otherwise, they don't believe in objective morality and feel it is perfectly acceptable to harass other people using their own paramoralisms as a justification.
But let's take it even one step further...
Leftists also understand that paramoralisms can be "catchy" or contagious, much like a pop music song. The true benefit of a good paramoralism lays not just in the selfish benefits afforded to them but in the afforded "in-group" preferences that comes with it. Ayn Rand called this kind of thinking "Social Metaphysics". Social Metaphysics is just a way of weighing the perceived pseudo-morality of others in one's group in one's own thinking and decisions making: What's right is what is perceived as right, what's wrong is what is perceived as wrong and so forth. As you can readily imagine, this produces a recursive feedback loop in the Leftist's brain - a sort of interdependent stimulus if you will with actual rewards in the form of both possible unearned resource benefits for them as well as strengthened communal bonds and greater group acceptance by the mere repetition and parroting of said paramoralisms used to distinguish themselves as a member of a given group.
To finalize this theory let us add one final element to it: The child-like belief in the moral perfectibility of the Universe. You would think this clashes with moral relativism - it does! But the Leftist is in fact too ignorant to notice this. Half of their brain believes in moral relativism and therefore none of your claims to negative rights have any meaning. Simultaneously the other half of their brain actually believes the paramoralisms from which they benefit are a legitimate way of making the world a better place (of course, according to their own fallacious belief system they have no way to evaluate what "better" means but no matter). And so through this belief they receive one final reward for their duplicitous behavior - "Virtue Signaling" either to others or simply to their own internal egotistic representation of social justice based on pathological narcissism. They believe by enforcing their paramorlisms and unearned claims they are in fact making the world a better place and that if only the government could make the right legislation to expedite the whole process basically, things would be perfect and everyone would be "equal" (again though without any way to objectively evaluate what "equality" looks like or even means).
This represents a profound state of ignorance and oversight among Leftists usually pointing towards narcissism and an overdeveloped ego. The inability to recognize internal contradictions in one's own quest for more resources, fame, power, etc. is a fairly accurate and universal measure of "ill will". Of course we all carry some contradictions but we should not make this an idealized practice as the Left does - we should view such contradictions as a general indication that we have wandered off the path of reason which is the only path towards stronger societal bonds.
Eventually these paramoralisms become a call to violence against others when the demands of the ostensibly oppressed class are not met - but that was the goal all along! But the goal as desired by who or what? By the unformed Ego that never developed into meta-consciousness or what Jung called the "Super Ego". In Lobaczewski's work he readily identifies that a large amount of sociopathology can be attributed simply to those who had damage to their frontal cortex typically through some form of infant or childhood trauma (for instance birth trauma or child abuse). Since the frontal cortex is involved in literally visualizing the impacts and consequences (i.e. "damage") of one's own decisions and behaviors it must be operating in individuals with higher moral codes and ethics. Any decision that would violate an important ethical code such as the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) must be crossed referenced with a variety of constraints so to see whether or not it would have a net harmful effect. If the neurological substrate of the brain has been damaged or blocked either physically or through negative neuro-feedback such as trauma or abuse it cannot function properly in this way. As a result individuals with these malformations, damage and lack of interconnectivity of the frontal cortex are ripe for being turned towards evil by primary psychopaths (i.e. those who are genetically born without *any* ability to empathize).
One explanation for our current social malaise is that a significant portion of the Modern Left (particularly the youth) are the grown up version of damaged children who have either suffered serious physical or psychological abuse and simply cannot reason property due to neuro-physiological impediments. Potential culprits range from vaccines to abusive/neglectful/hyper-praising parents (let's not forget that excessive praise without consequence is also abuse as it breeds emotional fragility) to public school system indoctrination. An exhaustive list can easily be created.
It is my personal hope that in the future, long after the Left has finally, completely lost its collective mind and resorted to violence en-masse (which it will btw) that we create a new science that allows us to study this phenomena so we can once and for all immunize ourselves against it.
In the meantime, we will have to find other ways to defend ourselves from the current tidal wave of fake Leftist outrage.
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