Socialism is a cult

Socialism is a cult rather than a series of rational beliefs. With the evidence of failure available at every turn, to hang on to the beliefs a typical socialist must hold about the world under socialism requires a form of distortion in one’s belief system that is so disorienting but nevertheless so intensely held that it is near impossible to change the minds of anyone holding such delusions. Looking at the sadness on the left after the death of Castro is a phenomenon that suggests serious detachment from reality. Like with global warming, there are no facts that matter. This is Scott Adams (i.e. Dilbert) picked up at Instapundit: ‘A Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance”.

Imagine you are one of the anti-Trump folks who believe we just elected a racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic, science-denying dictator. Let’s say that’s the movie playing in your mind. That’s some scary stuff.

Now imagine watching the news as Trump reveals in slow-motion that he’s flexible and pragmatic on just about everything. . . .

As Trump continues to demonstrate that he was never the incompetent monster his critics believed him to be, the critics will face an identity crisis. They either have to accept that they understand almost nothing about how the world works – because they got everything wrong about Trump – or they need to double-down on their current hallucination. Most of his critics will double-down. That’s how normal brains work.

And that brings us to our current situation. As Trump continues to defy all predictions from his critics, the critics need to maintain their self-images as the smart ones who saw this new Hitler coming. And that means you will see hallucinations like you have never seen. It will be epic.

The reason this will be so fun to watch is that we rarely get to see a situation in which the facts so vigorously violate a hallucination. Before Trump won the presidency everyone was free to imagine the future they expected. But as Trump continues to do one reasonable thing after another, his critics have a tough choice. They can either…

1. Reinterpret their self-images from wise to clueless.
or…
2. Generate an even stronger hallucination. (Cognitive dissonance.)

If Trump’s critics take the second option – and most of them will – it means you will see a lot of pretzel-logic of the type that is necessary hold onto the illusion that Trump is still a monster despite continuing evidence to the contrary.

And so onto the recounts. Socialists are liars whose only interest among those who lead such movements is power. Whether it is Venezuela, Cuba or the United States, they have nothing to offer other than illusion and sanctimony. No one, other than their leaders, has ever benefited from a socialist in government.

Let me also add this which I assume is satire except that is is from The Washington Post: I haven’t slept in my room since the election and it is posted under the heading, “Opinions”. It begins, but read it all since it is so well done:

Since the election, I haven’t slept in my dorm room once. I’ve slept on couches, futons, floors and unoccupied beds in my friends’ homes. At first, it came from a need to be with people who supported me and understood how scary this political moment is for young people who grew up under the liberal auspices of an Obama presidency and came of age politically in a time marked by progressive movements such as that of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). But after I went home for clean clothes to find an anti-gay hate message written on my door, right next to a set of stickers spelling out “Vote 4 Hillary,” my couch-surfing took on new urgency. I was no longer searching for comfort from my peers — I was trying to preserve a sense of safety.

He is either very funny or insane, but it is so pitch perfect it is impossible to tell for sure which it is.

UPDATE: Now we know. Turns out he’s insane. Read the comments on the article at the Washington Post. There you will not only others treating him sympathetically, but very few pointing out how psychologically damaged the writer of this article must be. I can hardly believe such people exist, never mind that the Washington Post is not embarrassed to give them space on their opinion page.

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34 Responses to Socialism is a cult

  1. egg_

    The treatment of Bernie Sanders (i.e. their own) would seem to confirm same.

  2. OneWorldGovernment

    Steve,

    Check this out by Daniel Greenfield over at Frontpage Magazine,

    Obama Plans to Rule America Outside the White House
    …and he might get away with it.

  3. A Lurker

    The closing of insane asylums I think on hindsight, was a particularly bad idea.

  4. Tom

    One this year’s best Cat posts, Steve. Thank you. Adams’ insight is brilliant.

    You addendum describes the mental illness of leftism perfectly. Leftists live in a world of illusion created by their ideological fantasies.

    The young fellow allowed to write for the Wapost is suffering clinically diagnosable paranoid dementia.

    It’s a wonder that lefties can even feed themselves without adult help.

    Compared with 80 years ago, the big difference this time is that the new Brown Shirts may be violent bullies, but they’re also infantilised pacificists terrified of weaponry. Thank God for that. The major social crisis we face in 2016 is a mental health crisis.

  5. OldOzzie

    OneWorldGovernment
    #2220692, posted on November 27, 2016 at 9:20 am
    Steve,

    Check this out by Daniel Greenfield over at Frontpage Magazine,

    Obama Plans to Rule America Outside the White House
    …and he might get away with it.

    Thanks for that Article, pretty frightening, sums up Barack Obama as a Alinsky Disciple

    However best comment in that Article sums up Barack Obama perfectly:-

    We just call him Stinky. Because of the BO.

  6. struth

    Just experienced the insanity of the left close hand.
    Met an old friend in NZ and she had been totally consumed, as she is American, by the election of Trump.
    She was so conflicted within hertself.
    She was intelligent enough to know that I would not bring up politics first, but could not let near every conversation get back to a snide remark, very nasty, about Trump.
    She had to know my thoughts.
    And yet, here we were, travelling around the beautiful South Island, while renting a beautiful home in Queenstown with stunning views and every reason not to talk politics.
    To cut a long story short, she pushed too far one night and we were at least adult enough, although she really held the floor , to have a discussion about various topics from Australian aboriginals versus American Indians, to of course Trump and American healthcare. I had to make every rebuttle count.
    I had to appear neutral and slightly uninformed on issues I actually was informed about, and went into “asking questions” mode, many times.
    She was blurting out the tired old lefty memes that were easy to contradict and were expected.
    She obviously had been living in a left wing echo chamber.
    I just had to stitch her up politely.
    It’s hard, because they just talk over you when they can see a statement is going to be made they don’t want to get to, but I really bamboozled her.
    And it is with many thanks to you all here.
    The many great and succinct, clear thinking remarks by many of you, allowed me to “truth bomb” very efficiently.
    She started out with that condescending approach, where she was going to teach the hick from Australia, with all the wisdom she has gained living an insulated Boston existence, and found herself getting excited and flummoxed.
    It was great stuff.
    However, I didn’t want to deal with that shit while I was on Holidays, so needless to say, she is off the chrissy list.
    A shame after having known her for 25 years.
    Thank you again cats.

  7. J.H.

    Socialism. The ideology of deceit.

    …. and I don’t think that piece is satire either. He means it. They want the state or some powerful organization to rule them and keep them “safe”…. They don’t want a country that expects them to participate and compete. They really don’t want to live outside their comfort zone. That is not unusual for children. It’s time the adults kicked them from the nest.

    Go to work you bums. Go and grow into men and women.

  8. mem

    “Cult of illusion” (tricks, lies,propaganda) with deluded followers who, despite being presented with contrary evidence, continue to want to believe the illusions. Hence feeling safe is when you are not exposed to being challenged by those nasty facts (only read supportive media, travel in like minded circles, shout down criticism, discredit critics and block out truth tellers etc). Essential reading for understanding how the left cultivates and rewards the phenomena of delusion is Stephen Koch’s Stalin, Willi Munzenberg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals.Harper Collins.

  9. Zatara

    Obama Plans to Rule America Outside the White House
    …and he might get away with it.

    Interesting article but one suspects Obama is going to be up to his ears in legal trouble (or desperately trying to avoid it) for a while.

    I expect to see some very interesting and incriminating things coming to light once he loses the power to compel their suppression.

  10. Andrew

    Did he just describe St Bernie as “I-Vt”?? What’s that about?

  11. Eyrie

    The problem is that all to many people have the mental outlook of feudal serfs. They want the lord of the manor to tell them what to, feed them, clothe them, house them, allow them to whine and bitch but have have zero intention of ever doing anything about their plight because that would mean taking responsibility.

  12. Zatara

    I-VT = Independent, Vermont

    As in party Independent from the state of Vermont.

    Marco Rubio would be R-FL

  13. Muddy

    Was the gay-hate message “Your Mom and Dad dropped in to see you while you were away?”
    After all, like most other words and concepts, ‘hate’ has been redefined now, hasn’t it? (Because we have permitted them to do so by our apathy). Doesn’t inhaling within 50 metres of a protected species now qualify as hate? Can someone ask Ms. Triggs about that?

  14. Eddystone

    Andrew
    #2220779, posted on November 27, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Did he just describe St Bernie as “I-Vt”?? What’s that about?

    I-VT = Imminent Ventricular Tachycardia, ie cardiac arrest.

    It’s a condition common to 75 year olds! 🙂

  15. mem

    “like most other words and concepts, ‘hate’ has been redefined now, hasn’t it?”

    It’s all about pushing people into emotional extremes. If you don’t think gay marriage is particularly productive for society then you are hateful, homophobic and more recently a fascist. If you don’t think AGW is justified by the evidence, you are a right wing sceptic capitalist oil fascist etc. Let’s face it if you disagree with any of the latest left wing emotive causes you are a right wing fascist. The objective is to shut you down because rational debate might unsettle their cozy view of the world and challenge their sense of self which clings to the illusion (as per above) article.

  16. BorisG

    Imagine you are one of the anti-Trump folks who believe we just elected a racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic, science-denying dictator.

    That many people have such image of Trump is mainly due to Trump’s own behavior for many years and particularly during the campaign. Yes it was amplified by the media but he provided ample fodder for it. And btw it is clear that many of his core supporters including catallaxy trumpoids are fine with the POTUS with such attributes.

    Now imagine watching the news as Trump reveals in slow-motion that he’s flexible and pragmatic on just about everything. . . .

    This will be entirely consistent with the understanding that he is not a conservative, does not believe in anything and was just saying those things to get attention, provoke, and ultimately to get elected,

    Now that he is elected, I so much want him to succeed but it will be a miracle if his megalomaniac and unhinged personality does not cloud his judgement. Hope it doesn’t.

  17. mem

    “That many people have such image of Trump is mainly due to Trump’s own behavior for many years and particularly during the campaign. Yes it was amplified by the media but he provided ample fodder for it.”
    I suppose you think that Abbott is a misogynist too? You would do well not to repeat what the media said without evidence. Ann Coulter did a lengthy debunk of the mainstream US media a few days ago including demonstrating where its journalists changed Trump’s words to attack him.

  18. ar

    to hang on to the beliefs a typical socialist must hold about the world under socialism requires a form of distortion in one’s belief system

    It starts with believing in just one leftist lie. After that all the other lies are easy. But to maintain the deception requires constant vigilance.

    This explains why lies are so important to the left, why they must lie constantly about everything, even if the facts might actually suit their argument (admittedly rare). As soon as a leftist acknowledges the truth about one thing, their entire world view is at risk of collapse. Better to reflexively lie about everything or just feign outrage. Refugees drowning? Oh, it’s push factors. Refugees commit crimes? Raaaacist!

  19. BorisG

    I suppose you think that Abbott is a misogynist too?

    No, I always thought that there was not the slightest basis for these accusations against Abbott. Moroever I actually think Abbott was (and is) a very nice person, a rare trait in politician.

    Trump is the opposite of that and we knew it long before he entered politics. I formed my view of him in 1990s based on his busienss practices and it has all been consistent.

  20. BorisG

    Can you ever imagine Abbott saying things Trump said on his infamous Billy Bush tape?

    He says he has changed. Well, I am certainly prepared (and hope) to be positively surprised but don’t just judge people who form their opinions based on past record.

  21. Snoopy

    And that brings us to our current situation. As Trump continues to defy all predictions from his critics, the critics need to maintain their self-images as the smart ones who saw this new Hitler coming. And that means you will see hallucinations like you have never seen. It will be epic.

    Ant?

  22. Andrew

    I-VT = Independent, Vermont

    As in party Independent from the state of Vermont.

    Marco Rubio would be R-FL

    I know what it stands for; I just hadn’t spotted he WAS one. WTF?? They nearly nominated a guy who isn’t even a Democrat??

  23. Zatara

    What’s a lonely socialist to do? Bernie caucuses with the Democrats.

  24. mem

    Reply to Boris G
    “Can you ever imagine Abbott saying things Trump said on his infamous Billy Bush tape? ”
    Ah, you immediately cite the “infamous” tape, a private conversation recorded 10 years ago between two blokes one of whom one was obviously intending to tape to gather some ammunition/collateral for future use (entrapment?). Few men or women could honestly say that their private conversations were all squeaky clean particularly if someone else is egging you on. As for what Abbott might say in private is his affair. As someone who frequents a libertarian site you seem to have an unusual approach to privacy. And by the way I’m not offended and I’m a woman. Also are you aware that “pussy” in the US is often used like “skirt” in Aust or Britain ie I’d like to grab a bit of that “skirt” so it isn’t quite as specific as you have interpreted. As for Trump’s business dealings in the 90’s I cannot say but since you made the comparison with a former PM I’ll make the comparison with our current one and his involvement with the HIH, FAI collapse and the settlement by Goldman Sachs of some $500 million so Malcolm might avoid a potential conviction which would have ended his political career.In my view Trump is far cleaner . At least Trump’s actions resulted in losses of his own money.

  25. Jannie

    Cats are probably clear(ish) about the meaning of socialism, but in the wider world a socialist can mean many wooly things. Many people, especially the young, think socialism is a cuddly little poodle that gives you a warm feeling inside, because it shows you care. Some people are socialist by default, because they are not capitalists, and they know capitalism is greedy and bad. They are not cultists, they have just absorbed the terminology that smothers them, and they like free stuff.

    Few people have much knowledge of the history of socialism. Lenin, Stalin and Mao are ancient history, the killing fields of Pol Pot are forgotten, and North Korea is on Mars. The numerous socialist experiments in the third world, such as Zimbabwe or Venezuela, don’t exist.

    But everybody knows about Hitler, and he was a right winger, like Andrew Bolt or Tony Abbott, and right wingers are capitalists.

  26. Ant

    Ant?

    Projection, Snoops. Move a little closer and sniff. Can you smell your own butt?

  27. Stimpson J. Cat

    It’s not a cult.
    It’s wishful thinking.
    If you believe in something you want with all your heart enough it might one day come true, regardless of the facts or logic or reason
    For example, I wish we were all the same and could all get along and all needed and wanted the same things and we were all bald and happy.
    But it simply is not possible.
    Buddhists f?cking ruined my dream for everyone.

  28. iain russell

    The WashPo comments really gave it to the Sitzpinkeler. If you want serious Leftoid derangement, visit the Guardian CiF blog. Wow!

  29. Patrick James

    I know that there are many good books out there detailing the manifold and manifest faults of socialism. However, I have just finished reading “The Problem with Socialism” by Thomas DiLorenzo. He wrote it with the “Bernie” generation in mind. It was detailed but still readable. I recommend most warmly.

  30. Crossie

    I can hardly believe such people exist, never mind that the Washington Post is not embarrassed to give them space on their opinion page.

    When Bezos bought the Washington Post I thought he might stop it from listing left instead he let it run wild proving being a capitalist doesn’t preclude you from turning into a socialist provided you have enough billions to cushion the blow. I was amused to read somewhere recently that WaPo is Bezos Blog.

  31. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Patrick James #2221673, posted on November 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Thanks, Patrick.

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