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A Genius Weighs in on the Insanity of the Left

Posted on November 12 2010 9:00 am
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Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC pundit, Harvard graduate and corporate employee declared himself a socialist on the air November 5.

The leftist blogger Glenn Greenwald and Larry O’Donnell had a heated discussion on Morning Joe involving the results of the midterm elections. Greenwald stated:

Almost every time I had MNSBC on [during the coverage of the midterm elections], there was Lawrence O’Donnell trying to blame “the Left” and “liberalism” for the Democrats’ political woes.

O’Donnell defended himself against Greenwald’s attack:

Glenn, unlike you, I am not a progressive. I am not a liberal who is so afraid of the word that I had to change my name to progressive. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left, the extreme left of you mere liberals, okay?

Greenwald stuck to his guns blaming Blue Dog Democrats for the lost seats on November 2.  Their centrist positions, rather than the far left’s nanny state ideology, caused the tsunami. After invoking the name of Barney Frank, the frustrated O’Donnell inadvertently and accurately diagnosed the left:

Insane! That is insanity!

A 19th century genius would have agreed with O’Donnell, at least on this point.

In 1867 the Russian novelist,  Fyodor Dostoevsky, attended the League of Peace and Freedom assembly in Geneva. The international meeting, supported by no less than Karl Marx, Victor Hugo and anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, was brimming with socialists and radicals. Dostoevsky wrote down his observations after encountering men like O’Donnell and Greenwald in Geneva over 140 years ago:

The comicality, the weakness, the nonsense, the disagreement, the self-contradictions-you can’t imagine it! And that’s the trash that’s stirring up the unfortunate working people! It’s sad.

They began by saying that in order to achieve peace on earth the Christian faith had to be exterminated. Large states had to be destroyed…all capital be done away with, so that everything be in common, by order, and so on. All this without the slightest proof, all this was learned by heart 20 years ago…And most importantly fire and sword and after everything had been annihilated, then, in their opinion, there will be peace.

So O’Donnell and Greenwald come from a  long line of ‘sad’ ruling-class control freaks deluded by magical thinking. Dostoevsky summed up the ‘insanity’ of socialist thinking this way:

The socialists want to regenerate humans, to liberate them. They conclude that having forcibly changed the economic way humans live  they will achieve their goals. But humans are transformed not from external reasons but only from moral changes.

O’Donnell and Greenwald met again November 9 on MSNBC’s The Last Word after a few more jabs from O’Donnell the night before concerning Greenwald living in Brazil. If these comical leftists keep eating their own, then we the people might stand a chance against being ‘transformed.’

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