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.
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: 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.