The attacks at Westminster in London, Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan, and Nice in France, and Brussels in Belgium, are a direct result of the Lennon-esque (“Imagine there’s no countries, and no religion too”) open borders Platonic idealism of the left wing psychological profile..
Human nature has not changed since the time of Plato. The psychological profiles of left and right described by Arthur Herman in The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization, by Thomas Sowell in A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, by Yuval Levin in The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, by Michael Oakeshott in Rationalism in Politics and other essays, by Jonathan Haidt in The Righteous Mind, and by others, are as prevalent today as they were twenty-four hundred years ago
The psychology behind the Platonic ideal of Plato’s Light, of Sowell’s unconstrained vision, of Oakeshott’s rationalism, and of Haidt’s liberal moral matrix tends to believe that the human mind is a blank slate at birth, and that everything we know about right and wrong is learned either from formal education or from direct experience; i.e., that human nature is maleable. It tends to believe that differences between groups result solely from social constructs. It tends to place its faith in abstract reason as the path to moral truth. It leans toward the belief that the “good society” and the “new man” are in fact possible in the real world if only the right social constructs could be put in place, the right ideas could be taught, and through them the right ideals can be inculcated into the populace. It tends to believe not only that the world of John Lennon’s Imagine can be made a reality here on earth, but also that it is the rightful role of the enlightened among us to be in positions of leadership and to work to make all of those things happen.
The ideology that follows from this psychological profile is the direct cause of all of the terrorist attacks listed above, and more. The open borders, multicultural, kumbaya sentiments from Plato to Rousseau to the progressives of the early twentieth century to John Lennon’s Imagine to Obama’s eight year world wide apology tour is literally killing us.
The reason it’s killing us is that it’s unmoored from reality. It is not true that the mind is a blank slate at birth. It is not true that differences among groups are due solely to social constructs. It is not true that abstract reason and rationalism are the path to moral truth. It is not true that putting into place the “right” social constructs can create the “good society,” or that teaching the right things can create the “new man.” It is anti-science magical thinking worse than any religion because its faithful “know” in their hart of hearts that their faith IS reality based, and that therefore those who don’t believe as they do are in some way intellectually, psychologically, or morally deficient.
These recent interviews articulate how the short sighted, small minded, reality-deprived ideology of the political left has manifested in its most recent incarnation, and why the blood of recent terrorist attacks is on the hands of the ideological left.