Category Archives: self-delusion

Trump, his fans and his foes on the couch

A psychiatrist writes

It is a discomfiting thought, notes Dalrymple, that

the very qualities that make Donald Trump so repellent a man even for many of those who voted for him should be the very qualities that others of his voters liked and admired. They liked him for his

  • crudity
  • vulgarity
  • boastfulness
  • insensitivity
  • shamelessness
  • ignorance

The still small voice within the orthodox

Yet, says the psychiatrist-essayist,

the vehemence directed against Mr Trump is, like his exaggerated self-regard, reaction formation. Except that in this case it is against an awareness that, in rejecting past orthodoxies, he is not only right but appeals to the still small voice within the orthodox themselves — the voice that tells them they were deluding themselves all along, or saying things that they knew not to be true but said nevertheless to establish their reputation as good, caring, generous-minded, liberal people.

The frenzy of their hatred for Mr Trump is

an inverted sign of their secret illicit agreement with him, which they repress by means of their continual insults.

The Greeks blame the Germans to avoid self-examination

The Greeks are about the learn the meaning of socialist penury The self-deluding Greeks are about the learn the meaning of socialist penury

Dalrymple writes that the Athens government, relying on euro-based credit, borrowed to bolster its public sector, and when the pyramid collapsed,

the population’s chief object became warding off change — ensuring that it continued to receive more than it earned and consume more than it produced. The Nazi stereotype emerged quickly, once European subsidies were reduced.

Did the Greeks really not know, asks Dalrymple,

  • that tax evasion was standard practice in Greece, and by no means only among the elite?
  • that much of the employment in the public sector was makework?
  • that retirement conditions superior to those in Germany were unearned and unsustainable?
  • that their political and administrative class was composed of liars and cheats?

Blair’s purity

Smirking, heartless whore of the US neo-cons wants another war

Blair wants another war

Throughout his years in office, Dalrymple writes, Tony Blair

kept inviolable his belief in the existence of a purely beneficent essence of himself, a belief so strong that no quantity of untruthfulness, shady dealings, unscrupulousness, or constitutional impropriety could undermine or destroy it.