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The Liberal Mind

John on December 3, 2006 at 1:05 am

John Dean’s Conservatives Without Conscience was a bit overplayed by most accounts. Publisher’s weekly reviewed it this way:

Dean’s book paints a thin social science veneer over a litany of mostly ad hominem complaints. Purporting to show that social conservatives and neoconservatives are, on the whole, demonstrably authoritarian, bigoted, irrational and amoral

But Dean’s book sold well, hitting the top ten in sales at Amazon. Now it appears someone on the conservative side is trying to make a similar case about liberals. The title of the book is The Liberal Mind. It doesn’t appear to be available at Amazon. Here’s a sample:

Modern liberalism’s irrationality can only be understood as the product of psychopathology. So extravagant are the patterns of thinking, emoting, behaving and relating that characterize the liberal mind that its relentless protests and demands become understandable only as disorders of the psyche.” The Liberal Mind reveals the madness of the modern liberal for what it is: a massive transference neurosis acted out in the world’s political arenas, with devastating effects on the institutions of liberty.

Unlike Dean, the author of The Liberal Mind is a psychiatrist, but personally I’m not too fond of this sort of book. It always seems like a cheap shot when liberals try to suggest that all conservatives were wimps as children, or have an authoritarian impulse, etc. I guess turnabout is fair play, but it still doesn’t interest me. I intend to skip both books.

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