Suggested Readings: The Psyche of the Left

May 15, 2017

What is happening to the Left?  I thought Liberals were supposed to be … well … liberal. Future-looking, open-minded, tolerant, looking out for others, non-judgmental, non-violent, “make peace, not war.”  But that doesn’t seem to be the case lately.

John Daniel Davidson argues that “The American Left Is Talking Itself Into Violence.”  He points out that the violence on campus is now creeping off campus into our communities.

Kirsten Powers, author of  The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech, says, “… the illiberal Left reminds me of religious zealots, except of a secular religion.”  She gives evidence of this in the article, Kirsten Powers: The Rise of the Intolerant Left.

Even progressive proponents are recognizing the cognitive dissonance within their movement.  I suggest reading  Nicholas Kristof’s A Confession of Liberal Intolerance, Freddie deBoer’s of course, there’s the backchannel or SE-Smith’s  We Are the Left: Why I Joined the Movement After Years of Internet Abuse from My Supposed Political Allies.  (This last article is very personal and intense.)

What are the possible results of such illiberality? Well, one result may be documented in No Guilt This Time  by Mark Bauerlein.

 

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