There are people out there with peculiar opinions. There always have been. Some might even be right. Isaac Newton went down a lot of dead ends; alchemy was one but came up with very important results. Malthus took a big position on population growth but was wrong. With some six billion and rising we might wonder whether it would have been better if he was right. Ehrlich said something of the sort about expanding nations and looked silly.
But there are people who want to take some one plausible at face value. Once one is proved wrong it is on to the next. Newspapers like these Red Herrings. They sell the product. Here is something on the wrong like Marx. Others are not necessarily vicious. The lunatic fringe is closely related to Lenin's Useful Idiots. It turns out that psychologists have looked into this phenomenon and decided in essence that those involved are mad. It is a question of degree in each case and of course it is put at more length. Read for yourself. Think for yourself. Decide for yourself.
Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
– Teddy Roosevelt (1913)
http://kenfran.tripod.com/teddy.htm A decent man speaks.
Lunatic Fringe ex
The lunatic Fringe are closely related to Useful Idiots. The term was invented by Teddy Roosevelt referring to dynamiters or some such.
The Liberal Mind - The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.
It is fair to say that Doctor Rossiter is not beating about the bush in his title. He is a psychologist which is not necessarily a recommendation but when a man talks self-evident sense I am happy to believe him especially if he is putting a view I sympathise with. As a psychologist he might say I believe because I want to believe. It is a valid point. Given the reality of Liberal movements [ English readers should read that as left wing or socialist ] with a track record of mass murder and economic disaster you might wonder whether the perpetrators are mad, vicious, stupid or some combination. The good doctor puts the case for lunacy. He gets good reviews at Amazon which suggest he is on the right lines. The hostile ones are worth a look too. They show that he has touched a nerve among the guilty.
QUOTE ex P. Atwood (Kent, WA USA) - 188 of 220 people found the following review helpful:-
I purchased this book to illuminate the wellspring of a slightly different topic, Why liberals feel socialism is superior to freedom, given the evidence of the last 120 years and the blood spilled by governments against their own people. Rommels [ Stephane Courtois in fact - Editor ] book "The Black Book of Communism" details the horrors, but not the "Why". Given the evidence of total failures of Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Castro, the African Communist states, the current clown Hugo Chavez plus the failures of the European states in both production and sheer vitality (their demographic populations will disappear within 50 years given current birth rates) you would think that even the liberal's would be demanding an overhaul of their own philosophy, or even second thoughts. Not so.
Throughout the centuries man has stumbled from one leadership model to another: Roman Emperors, Kings and Feudalism, Popes, Aristocracy, and Socialism. All are dead ends for those who wished to rule over the individual. Everything from gun control to Gulag have been tried by the socialist state without achievement, yet they use the same methods over and over. To repeat the same action over and over and expect different results is the very definition of madness. This book gives the "Why"
QUOTE ex Laurencde D. Jackson - 1 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
It is pure politics, filled with gross generalizations and empirically unsupported broad assertions. No reputable psychiatrist would consider this trash to be scientific in the least.
The author should stick to courtroom "expert" testimony. I can't imagine him in any theraputic [ sic ] setting. How dare he "diagnose" millions of people as psychologically imbalanced. It reflects badly on his own character.
This is typical of the hostile review and gets a rating to match. It is big on abuse but weak on reasoning.
Other titles which tell us that Doctor Rossiter is not alone in his thinking:-
How The Left Was Won: An In-Depth Analysis... by Richard Mgrdechian
3.8 out of 5 stars (21)
THE LIBERAL MIND by Kenneth R. Minogue
5.0 out of 5 stars (1)
United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror by Jamie Glazov
4.6 out of 5 stars (36)
I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican by Harry Stein
3.9 out of 5 stars (31)
Defeating the Totalitarian Lie: A Former Hitler Youth Warns America by Hilmar von Campe
4.5 out of 5 stars (17)
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Goldberg
4.1 out of 5 stars (500)
Examples of the loony left. To be charitable, they might qualify as Useful Idiots. They were certainly very dangerous, mainly because they were plausible.
Saddled us with the Welfare State, his solution to the five great evils, to wit:-
Want failed - try living on the dole and feel poor
Disease succeeded - the health service is usually adequate but expensive
Ignorance failed - the Education industry is a Propaganda machine promoting ignorance and an agenda
Squalor failed - go round council estates and see the graffiti, the rubbish....
Idleness failed - millions are third generation career layabouts - they like it.
His failures cost us billions every year.
John Maynard Keynes
Was the fool whose able assistance was used to destroy the currency by bringing us systematic inflation.
A living example of the loony left.
Paul Ralph Ehrlich... is currently the Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University.... He is a renowned entomologist specializing in Lepidoptera (butterflies). He is also well known as a researcher and author on the subject of human overpopulation notably for his 1968 book The Population Bomb.
The good professor made his predictions on population growth and starvation. He got it wrong big time. Did he have the sense to shut up after that? Not a chance. He gets taken seriously by various twerps.
Sex Offenders Including Paedophiles Should be Allowed To Adopt, Theresa May Told By Marxist Crazy [ 9 August 2016 ]
Rules which bar sex offenders from working with children are ‘unfair’ and even convicted paedophiles should have the right to adopt, a leading legal academic has said.
Helen Reece, a reader in law at the London School of Economics, called on Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to relax rules which automatically ban sex offenders from caring for children, saying that this could breach their human rights.
In an article in the respected Child and Family Law Quarterly, Miss Reece suggested that reoffending rates were not high among sex criminals, adding: “despite growing public concern over paedophilia, the numbers of child sex murders are very low.”
Another day, another Useful Idiot. The London School of Economics was set up as a Propaganda machine by Marxists. It is deadly effective. Recall the BBC's enthusiasm for protecting Paedophile perverts like Jimmy Savile, Ted Heath, Stuart Hall, Cyril Smith, Greville Janner, Mark Trotter & hundreds of Jews, especially rabbis - see Failed Messiah Paedophiles for more and better details. Then there is the Lunatic Fringe. Little Miss Reece is one of them.
Black Lives Matter Activists Admit Guilt Because Daddy Will Pay The Fine [ 16 September 2016 ]
They aren't all black but they are all arrogant, self-righteous, ignorant dupes of the Puppet Masters, who've swallowed the propaganda about White Guilt. See the faces, see the insolence. They are going to get good jobs, paid far more than honest Working Men then whine about the problem of getting cheap servants at starvation wages. They are typical Rebels Without A Cause using this thing as an excuse for annoying their betters.
That one is vicious rather than ignorant & stupid.
'I Am Ashamed To Be British' - Carey Mulligan Hits Out At 'Embarrassing' Response To Refugee Crisis [ 20 September 2016 ]
The Telegraph is a Propaganda machine run by a bunch of anti-English Racists, marketing White Guilt. It is using our sense of decency, our Altruism to overrun England with Third World savages, creating Trojan Horses. Thus it becomes Pathological Altruism, damaging our own people.
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