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Why Americans Should Hate Liberalism #3

February 19, 2016

Why Americans Should Hate Liberalism #3

The following is a direct quote from Dr. Michael G. Martin’s book: Liberalism: The Demise of America .

Not only will it be well worth your time to read and think about these two paragraphs: It is your patriotic duty to do so.

America’s future hangs in the balance of a general understanding of the following  perceptions of reality.


Liberals want to change society so that there are no longer losers, malcontents, or the irresponsible. It is strange that the policies they tout involve perverse incentives, so these bad behaviors are actually promoted and incentivized. This applies to drug addiction, hard work, sexual responsibility, and the like. Liberals think compassion will change everything. They believe people are malleable and plastic, susceptible to change—but even if this were true, it must be accomplished though the proper incentives and social and economic context. They appear to be behaviorists, but yet they are employing perverse incentives to get change. This is a puzzle that defies comprehension.

It’s interesting that liberals believe they can change society and the nature of individuals when they don’t believe in individual responsibility or accountability for individuals. They see the life of the individual as being largely deterministic. That is to say, their behavior is shaped by social and environmental forces beyond their control. If an individual can’t affect his own life, how can liberals argue that they can change the nature of society and individuals? On the scale of the collective, then, they are basically acknowledging that they escape the thrall of determinism.

Perhaps the explanation is that they believe the common man is too stupid to affect his life, but that the elite—the smart people—can basically re-engineer not only themselves, the society, and the very nature of human beings themselves. Liberals are saying in effect, then, that the common man—really the stupid people—is totally malleable. He can be made into anything the liberal elite want, good or bad. There are strong assumptions here about not only human nature, but the influence of other unseen and not-understood forces that shape human behavior, as well as the ability of the liberal elite to engineer the wrenching change that they desire.

Kindle pages 261 and 262.

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I am a behavioral psychologist and a great admirer of B. F. Skinner, perhaps the greatest psychologist of the 20th century.

Skinner and other behaviorists rightfully ascribe great power to the environment to shape the behavior patterns of humans and other animals. Furthermore, Skinner, as well as many behaviorists acknowledge the strength of genetic determinants upon human psychological adaptations as they interact and are influenced, in very complex ways, by a plethora of environmental influences.

It is important for Americans to understand that is no “free will”, in the sense that humans are totally free from genetic and environmental influences.

No population can escape the influences of their genetics, social and physical environments. The best that can be done, in my judgment, is to educate citizens about the scientific principles of these influences and also teach them to come under the control of the imperatives of survival for their own society, their own loved ones who will outlive them and their loved-ones who are yet to be born.

This bright future will require that Americans relearn the advantages of forsaking immediate gratifications in favor of highly beneficial long-term outcomes. It will also require that we again venerate and teach the compliance with rules of living and conduct that insure such future benefits.

My reading of American and World History has led me to conclude that the “Wisdom of the Ages” resides in the Judeo/Christian precepts and values for personal conduct that once helped make America great. The same can be said of other compatible religions of the world.

The teaching of, and compliance to, these precious guides for life are powerfully augmented when a society encourages the belief in a Higher Power than that of the self-destructive philosophy of secular humanism forms the basis of liberalism,  progressivism, socialism and communism.

Only then we can we hope that our Constitutional Republic might endure thorough our representative democratic political process and citizen voter counter-controls on governmental actions.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/19/16

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Indiana University South Bend


Speaking As A “Racist Slimeball” And A “POS!”

May 12, 2012

Speaking As A “Racist Slimeball” And A “POS!”

I must be hitting pretty close to the mark with my blog because I got plenty of flack from, what I can only assume was a progressive, communist, Marxist “gunner” yesterday. I posted his comments so all could see the kind of profane condemnation and attempts at verbal punishment such individuals focus upon genuine decent.

If you wonder where,  what we call political correctness comes from, just witness the hate-filled profane insults thrown at me.

Screw you, and screw those disgusting disresptful racists POS! attacking Obama for doing something your Bushboy couldn’t do!”

“And that kills you racists inside! Yeah! I called you racists beause that’s what you slimeballs are!”

I suspect that a” racist POS!” is a racist Piece Of Sh–! I will accept that epithet as  a war medal won in combat during America’s 21st Century Culture War.

It is certainly not a Purple Hear,t as such words do not wound me. At age 70 years I have been called worse  over the years. Rather, I’ll consider it a medal for harassing one of America’s political enemies to the point of irrational behavior.

Regarding my being called a “racist”, this simple-minded  attempt to slander and discredit my objections to President Obama’s Marxist actions nicely illustrates how socialists attempt to punish their critics into silence. My response to that allegation is similar to my responses while watching a good comedy.

My philosophy of social science is Behaviorism. I like people who do good behavior and I do not like people who do bad things. I understand that the concepts of good and bad beg definition. If you have been following my posts on this blog, you will likely understand my meaning. If you have not, I invite you to sample some of them. I have written close to 700 posts and most of them are about, or imply human behaviors that I think are desirable and undesirable.

The fact is that racism as this behaviorist defines it, is the differential treatment of others based upon their race. Such differential treatment can advantage or disadvantage someone and that is what I call racism. Criticizing or complimenting someone because of their behavior is not racism. Rewarding, withholding rewards, or even punishing someone because of their behavior is not racism. As B. F. Skinner said, It is “good husbandry”.

I wish I could have voted for Alan Keyes for President.

I liked Herman Kain very much and doubt the allegations of impropriety brought against him, amplified by the liberal media.

Two of my very favorite economists and social commentators are Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams, Jr.. I have frequently quoted their words on my blog and will continue to do so.

I have a deep respect for Congressman Allen West. He tells it like it is and I would proudly vote for him if he were running for President.

I judge and I discriminate alright….but I do so on the basis of an individual’s behavior…not his or her ethnicity.

VTM, 5/12/12

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