By Jim Mahoney
Recently, liberalism's been characterized as a mental disorder.
While that assessment makes entertaining rhetoric, it misses the
Liberals are fully capable of functioning in their daily lives. They
are often highly successful. They can be very pleasant and engaging
people. Obviously, the alleged insanity isn't incapacitating.
Nonetheless, elite liberals in particular are prone to behavior that
appears insane. A great example is the moral certitude saturating
the JournoList files. The blind and often vicious self-righteousness
in the JournoList exchanges is light-years beyond the wildest
liberal caricature of fundamentalist "bible-thumpers."
Morals are the domain of religion and philosophy and influence
politics as a consequence. Our laws reflect our collective judgment
of right and wrong. Without a moral base, political action is
pointless at best; more often, it's dangerous. Since 1789, liberals
have overthrown traditional morals, replacing them with a succession
of intellectual fads. The results have been predictably disastrous.
Years ago, a friend gave me a little book written in the 1880s by a
Spanish priest named Don Felix Sarda y Salvany. The book, Liberalism
is a Sin, caused quite a commotion in its day, and much of the book
is still vivid and compelling more than a century later. More
importantly, Salvany's diagnosis of liberalism is far more accurate
than casually writing it off as insanity.
Liberalism is a profound error. At its core, it is the rejection of
all authority, leaving the individual to decide what is right and
wrong without reference to any external influence. Ultimately it is
a rejection of truth, blinding people to the evil in themselves and
in their world. The disorder is one of the passions, not the