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- Historical Analyses
- Statistical Support for ‘Leftism as Mental Illness’
— Mental health: Initial data, Left vs Right
— Sample demographic breakdown
— Mental health: Left vs Right, male vs female
— Mental health: Left vs Right
— Mental health: By party affiliation
— Average happiness: Left vs Right, male vs female
— Mental health: Final meta-analysis
- Supplementary Statistics: Political stances, Left vs Right
— Diversity and Immigration
— Marriage and Family
— Gun Control
— “Big Government”
— Summary Image (All Issues)
- Appendix: Leftism Visualized
1. Historical Analyses
I imagine that most people reading this article will be familiar with the phrase “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” The apparent link between mental illness and political Leftism (of all strains) is not a revolutionary observation. For centuries, various thinkers from across the political spectrum have come to similar conclusions with regards to the psychological stability of Leftists — or lack thereof.
Psychological analysis of Leftism is a prominent theme throughout the works of Ted Kaczynski. For him, Leftism is the quintessential example of modern ‘oversocialization.’ An inferiority complex cult, overflowing with a spectrum of mental illnesses; self-hatred, guilt, low self-esteem, depressive tendencies, defeatism, etc. Kaczynski notes that Leftists have an intense need to identify with the “weak, defeated, repellent or otherwise inferior” and an intense loathing for everything that is “strong and successful.” He describes them as the System’s first line of defense; they swarm any potentially-revolutionary movement that may threaten the System’s power, pollute it with nonsense, and drag it away from its foundational cause.
[See: Technological Slavery (2010)].
In 1938, Antonio Vallejo-Nájera, head of Franco’s Military Psychiatric Services, was commissioned to study the personality and psychology of Communist prisoners. Although Vallejo-Nájera did not consider Communists to be innately mentally ill, he identified that the majority of subjects had innately “mentally inferior” and degenerative psychological characteristics. This included poor temperament, mediocre intelligence, schizoid tendencies, clumsiness, and a lack of spontaneity and initiative. Similarly to Kaczynski, Vallejo-Nájera noted that envy, social resentment, and frustrated aspirations formed the foundation of the Marxist worldview. Interestingly, he observed that these negative psychological traits appeared to be amplified in female Leftists, a trend that certainly parallels our own era. After years of study, Vallejo-Nájera concluded that the chance of changing the political attitudes of Leftists was extremely low.
[See: The Biopsychism of Marxist Fanaticism (1938)].
Perhaps the most renowned and in-depth psychological analysis of Leftism to date comes via the 130-year-old works of one of the World’s most misunderstood and misappropriated philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche. Although Nietzsche does not explicitly name the Leftists, the ‘Slave Moralist’ archetype — as described throughout the entirety of Nietzsche’s bibliography from ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ onwards — bears all of the identifiable hallmarks of Leftism. From moral framework to psychology, to physical type; every characteristic that Nietzsche attributes to the Slave Moralist is analogous to the archetypal Leftist, both of our current age and throughout history.
[See: Nietzsche’s bibliography from 1886 onwards].
[They] dared to invert the aristocratic value equations, good = noble = beautiful = happy = favored-of-the-gods and maintain, with the furious hatred of the underprivileged and impotent, that “only the poor, the powerless, are good; only the suffering, sick and ugly, truly blessed. But you, noble and mighty ones of earth will be, to all eternity, the evil, the cruel, the avaricious, the godless, and thus the cursed and the damned!”Nietzsche — On the Genealogy of Morality (1887), Anti-Christ (1888, pub. 1895)
They do not call themselves the weak, they call themselves the “good.”
More contemporarily, Rich Houck made a well-cited case for Leftism-as-mental-illness via his 2018 work ‘Liberalism Unmasked.’ He identified several common indicators of mental illness that are consistently exhibited, to varying degrees, by Leftists. These included: delusion, hypocrisy, projection, deceitfulness (lying, exaggerating, omitting, etc.), irrationality, unnecessary aggression when doubted, inability to accept new information, and feelings of victimization, self-hatred, and persecution.
[See chapter: ‘Diagnostic criteria of a mental illness’ from Liberalism Unmasked (2018)].
Throughout every psychological analysis of Leftism, we find a handful of recurring themes:
- Inferiority complex
- Perceived persecution
2. Statistical Support for ‘Leftism as Mental Illness’
A comprehensive study on the issue of Leftist mental illness was conducted this year by Emil Kirkegaard [See: ‘Mental illness and the left’]. The study used less abstract criteria than the aforementioned thinkers, and consisted of straight-to-the-point questions, which essentially boiled down to “are you mentally ill, yes or no?”
A search of the available variables resulted in 5 items measuring one’s own mental illness (e.g., ”Do you have any emotional or mental disability?”). All of these items were weakly associated with left-wing political ideology as measured by self-report, with especially high rates seen for the “extremely liberal” group. These results mostly held up in regressions that adjusted for age, sex, and race. For the variable with the most data (n = 11,338), the difference in the mental illness measure between “extremely liberal” and “extremely conservative” was 0.39 d. Temporal analysis showed that the relationship between mental illness, happiness, and political ideology has existed in the GSS data since the 1970s and still existed in the 2010s. Within-study meta-analysis of all the results found that extreme liberals had a 150% increased rate of mental illness compared to moderates. The finding of increased mental illness among left-wingers is congruent with numerous findings based on related constructs, such as positive relationships between conservatism, religiousness and health in general.
Mental health: Initial data, Left vs Right
The first figure (below) represents data from a 2020 Slate Star Codex (SSC) reader survey, in which respondents rated their mental health and political affiliation.
As the SSC data may have been biased, with an over-representation of ethnic Europeans and highly intelligent individuals, Kirkegaard replicated the analysis using more representative samples taken from the General Social Survey (GSS https://gss.norc.org/), a “public access large-scale survey with relevant data,” with a total sample size of 64,814. The data used was taken from the cumulative cross-sectional file 1972-2018 (release 1), available for public use [source].
Sample demographic breakdown
Here’s the demographic breakdown of the sample population.
It’s pretty close to other ‘by-ideology’ population breakdowns. Radical Leftists constitute approximately 5-15% of the US population, approximately 50 million people.
Mental health: Left vs Right, male vs female
Validating the observations of Antonio Vallejo-Nájera, the study found that women, in general, have much poorer mental health than men, with Leftist women having the greatest number of mental health problems, by far.
Mental health: Left vs Right
Mental health: By party affiliation
Probably not as strong of an indicator as the 1-10 (Far-Left vs Far-Right) political scale, but mirrors the same trend.
Average happiness: Left vs Right, male vs female
Leftists also reported lower average happiness levels.
Mental health: Final meta-analysis
Kirkegaard’s concluding statement: “The results confirm the general pattern from before, namely that there is a strongly elevated risk for mental illness among the extreme liberals (+150%), a small increase among the liberals and slightly liberals (+29 to 32%), and somewhat lower rates among conservatives and extreme conservatives (-17 to 24%). Breaking the pattern, slightly conservatives had a marginally increased rate (+6%). A variant of this analysis was also carried out by including the happiness metrics reverse-coded. This produced materially the same pattern, but was weaker since the happiness items had a weaker relationship with political ideology than the mental illness variables.”
3. Supplementary Statistics: Political stances, Left vs Right
It would be fallacious to suggest, for example, that an aversion to marriage is an intrinsic aspect of mental illness. However, the fact that all of the socially and biologically destructive political agendas of our age* are most fervently supported by those with the greatest propensity for mental illness cannot be overlooked, and the significance of this fact cannot be overstated.
* I.e.: open borders, undermining the family, abortion, brainwashing children, etc.
Not a “policy” per se, but ethnocentrism (in-group bias/preference) is by far the most important factor to consider in our current political climate. Brainwashed (anti-)White Leftists are almost single-handedly dragging our entire civilization and race down the path of destruction.
Diversity and Immigration
Leftists overwhelmingly support increased “diversity” and immigration.
Marriage and Family
Leftists are less likely to be married, be happy in marriage, and support marriage in general.
Leftists are overwhelmingly pro-abortion (also known as being ‘anti-life’).
Leftists are overwhelmingly urbanites and support increased uranization.
Leftists overwhelmingly support LGBT.
Leftists overwhelmingly oppose religion, and find no meaning in spirituality.
Leftists want to ban guns.
Leftists endorse the expansion of government power.
[Apologies for the lack of sources here, I misplaced my “big government” infographics, will edit in if I find them].
Summary Image (All Issues)
Leftists overwhelmingly support all of the things that dramatically improve our societies and definitely don’t inflict colossal amounts of harm and suffering upon our people, while playing into the hands of rootless oligarchs and elites.
Does supporting ‘Leftist’ policies cause an individual to become mentally ill? Probably not. Do these policies appeal to those who have a greater propensity for mental illness? Evidently so. Are there external factors at work that may simultaneously damage an individual’s mental health while also driving them towards Leftist ideology? Undoubtedly so.
The current globalist superstructure — the System, New World Order, world government, whichever moniker you prefer — has been consciously designed to cultivate the worst behavioral traits imaginable. The System intentionally raises up dysfunctional people who, in the past (or in a healthy society), would either have had their anti-social behavior corrected by cultural pressure, or have been cast out of society, exiled, “oppressed,” and so on.
The globalist oligarchy aims to disrupt society and dismantle every foundation upon which a strong populace is built: family, religion, health, fitness, culture, national spirit, etc. By creating as many dysfunctional people as possible, the rootless oligarchs ensure their continued dominance. A mentally ill, weak, flabby, nihilistic, and disunified populace poses no threat to them and their system. Every aspect of the modern world is designed to demoralize and spiritually crush you.
All of that being said, the phenomenon of ‘Leftist’ behavior cannot be attributed to the System alone, given that individuals who fit the ‘Leftist’ archetype have existed throughout much of recorded history.
5. Appendix: Leftism Visualized
If any of the following images make you feel uncomfortable, you are a hateful bigot. This is beautiful and progressive.
Remember: bigotry is a pathology.