The Psychology of the Left – Freedom Philosophy


There’s a risk of spending too much time on WebMD, but in the case of the Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP) it’s likely to bear fruit for the reader. There’s a mental illness that inflicts caregivers. They invent problems where none exist. It’s not the case of piously-motivated overprotection — it’s a disgusting variation on virtue signaling, and a need to feel in control.

Certain issues in politics cry out for an explanation. Some issues are so thoroughly studied that we have a full understanding, and yet there remain differences of opinion despite that.

Most people, when questioned, will espouse an understanding of time in line with Isaac Newton. Most people, when questioned, will claim that clocks at the bottom of a mountain tick at the same rates as clocks at the top of a mountain — even though we discovered over a century ago that this isn’t true. Time operates according to general relativity, not Newtonian physics.

It doesn’t matter that opinion polls may disagree; we have discovered the truth of the matter. Differences of opinion are caused by psychology — we psychologically perceive time as linear and continuous.

We have a thorough understanding of labour economics. Wage disparities between men and women within the same field are well-understood to have causes other than misogyny. The question arises: Why is it that gender-based lamentations over wage disparity are still politically popular?

A variation of MSBP could be at play.

A key component of MSBP is a repeated illness for which no evidence can be found coupled with a need for sympathy. Repetitions of a gender-bias wage gap, for which labour economists can’t substantiate the bias component, are a hallmark of the illness.

With the onward march of feminism, women have accomplished a great deal. Many of the feminist projects have already been completed.

MSBP sufferers can be identified by their lack of excitement over positive news of the child’s wellbeing.

Much like the caregiver who won’t relinquish their control, the need for sympathy from others, and their unhealthy addiction to sorrow, feminists are repulsed by data that suggests women aren’t undergoing gender bias to explain the wage gap. They have a psychological addiction to having a problem and this causes it to be manufactured.

The same can be seen in those who claim to care about poverty. The fact that they aren’t excited by capitalism’s unparalleled success in poverty reduction, from over 50% of the world’s population in 1983 to just over 8% in 2020, is an indication that these people are mentally ill. They aren’t do-gooders; they’re sick.

The left needs to feel in control. They need to feel as though there’s an issue to continue caring about. The idea that people will take excellent care of themselves, even if they’ve been dealt a bad hand in life, ruins their project. It ruins their status as caretakers. They’re no longer the altruists they falsely fantasize themselves as being.

The surprising element is that women really do face difficulties that need to be addressed. There are still underlying elements causing poverty. But they require freedom rather than control. There are a host of issues that are manufactured rather than evidenced that the left becomes passionate concerning.

Control is the problematic element. It’s often harmful rather than helpful. Controlling people is asphyxiating rather than liberating. It reduces resiliency rather than increasing capacity. Liberty is the answer, not control. Mental illness has no place in dictating policy.

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Brandon Kirby

Brandon Kirby has a philosophy degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a current MBA candidate finishing his thesis. He is an AML officer specializing in hedge funds in the Cayman Islands, owns a real estate company in Canada, and has been in the financial industry since 2004. He is the director of Being Libertarian - Canada and the president of the Libertarian Party of Canada.

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