Monday April 21st 2008 Ottawa talk show maverick Lowell Green interviewed forensic psychiatrist and author of “The Liberal Mind, the Psychological Causes of Political Madness”, Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr.
His premise is that modern liberalism as he refers to it but more accurately the irrational left as I call it, is in fact a legitimate mental illness.
I am ambivalent about this idea. I think the medicalisation of personality has gone country miles to far. Even so, based on the reasoning of modern psychiatry his point is perfectly valid.
I prefer to think of it as this modern day schism. Where once, various political polemics had identical goals at a certain level of abstraction, and had alternate views as to how to achieve these obvious objectives.
Now we see the irrational left raising the level of abstraction to a high degree such that any absurd comparison is possible. A kind of intellectual slight of hand and in the meanwhile changing the base goals quite radically from true Jeffersonian liberalism while pretending to it in order to destroy what they see is the enemy, western civilisation, its accomplishments and values over all.
In any case here is the interview archived from the CFRA web site. If I cannot figure out how to upload it here, you can pull it yourself from this link and scroll down to April 21st 2008 THE LIBERAL MIND and grab it assuming its still up by then. I think they archive a week or so.
Hopefully the interview is here: