Dawson and Darr explain how the Unabomber Manifesto perfectly sums up socialism….
FEELINGS OF INFERIORITY
10. By “feelings of inferiority” we mean not only inferiority feelings in the
strict sense but a whole spectrum of related traits; low self-esteem,
feelings of powerlessness, depressive tendencies, defeatism, guilt, self-
hatred, etc. We argue that modern leftists tend to have some such feelings
(possibly more or less repressed) and that these feelings are decisive in
determining the direction of modern leftism.
11. When someone interprets as derogatory almost anything that is said about him
(or about groups with whom he identifies) we conclude that he has
inferiority feelings or low self-esteem. This tendency is pronounced among
minority rights activists, whether or not they belong to the minority groups
whose rights they defend. They are hypersensitive about the words used to
designate minorities and about anything that is said concerning minorities.
The terms “negro,” “oriental,” “handicapped” or “chick” for an African, an
Asian, a disabled person or a woman originally had no derogatory
connotation. “Broad” and “chick” were merely the feminine equivalents of
“guy,” “dude” or “fellow.” The negative connotations have been attached to
these terms by the activists themselves. Some animal rights activists have
gone so far as to reject the word “pet” and insist on its replacement by
“animal companion.” Leftish anthropologists go to great lengths to avoid
saying anything about primitive peoples that could conceivably be
interpreted as negative. They want to replace the world “primitive” by
“nonliterate.” They seem almost paranoid about anything that might suggest
that any primitive culture is inferior to our own. (We do not mean to imply
that primitive cultures ARE inferior to ours. We merely point out the
hypersensitivity of leftish anthropologists.)
12. Those who are most sensitive about “politically incorrect” terminology are
not the average black ghetto- dweller, Asian immigrant, abused woman or
disabled person, but a minority of activists, many of whom do not even
belong to any “oppressed” group but come from privileged strata of society.
Political correctness has its stronghold among university professors, who
have secure employment with comfortable salaries, and the majority of whom
are heterosexual white males from middle- to upper-middle-class families.
13. Many leftists have an intense identification with the problems of groups
that have an image of being weak (women), defeated (American Indians),
repellent (homosexuals) or otherwise inferior. The leftists themselves feel
that these groups are inferior. They would never admit to themselves that
they have such feelings, but it is precisely because they do see these
groups as inferior that they identify with their problems. (We do not mean
to suggest that women, Indians, etc. ARE inferior; we are only making
a point about leftist psychology.)
14. Feminists are desperately anxious to prove that women are as strong and as
capable as men. Clearly they are nagged by a fear that women may NOT be as
strong and as capable as men.
15. Leftists tend to hate anything that has an image of being strong, good and
successful. They hate America, they hate Western civilization, they hate
white males, they hate rationality. The reasons that leftists give for
hating the West, etc. clearly do not correspond with their real motives.
They SAY they hate the West because it is warlike, imperialistic, sexist,
ethnocentric and so forth, but where these same faults appear in socialist
countries or in primitive cultures, the leftist finds excuses for them, or
at best he GRUDGINGLY admits that they exist; whereas he ENTHUSIASTICALLY
points out (and often greatly exaggerates) these faults where they appear in
Western civilization. Thus it is clear that these faults are not the
leftist’s real motive for hating America and the West. He hates America and
the West because they are strong and successful.
16. Words like “self-confidence,” “self-reliance,” “initiative,” “enterprise,”
“optimism,” etc., play little role in the liberal and leftist vocabulary.
The leftist is anti-individualistic, pro-collectivist. He wants society to
solve everyone’s problems for them, satisfy everyone’s needs for them, take
care of them. He is not the sort of person who has an inner sense of
confidence in his ability to solve his own problems and satisfy his own
needs. The leftist is antagonistic to the concept of competition because,
deep inside, he feels like a loser.
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