I’ve Figured Out Which Crazy Pills the Left Has Been Taking

By John Zmirak Published on December 5, 2018

You’ve wondered this. Whether or not you put the question into words. Don’t worry. That’s my job.

Why have leftists gone so completely bonkers?

You know they have. Some of the very same Democrats today embracing open borders, trans therapy for preteens, and virtual socialism … 20 years ago backed immigration enforcement, traditional marriage, and welfare reform. It’s not as if human nature has changed. “Science” hasn’t made any discoveries that would drive such radical changes. No, but the leaders of the mainstream left in America have embraced ideas which if you’d tarred them with in 2008 they’d have called you a panic-mongering nutcase.

It’s as if you’d moved away for 20 years, then come back to visit your old hometown. And your childhood pastor came to Christmas dinner. Only now he is a “she,” wearing a pink tutu, with a face tattoo of Rihanna. When you stare a bit, “she” asks you: “What happened? When did you become so intolerant?”

As the villain of the greatest film ever made, Zoolander, asked himself, “Am I taking crazy pills?”

No, but liberals are. And I’m here to identify the substances they’re high on. No, it’s not just a single drug. That might be easy. Instead the left is flying high on a dangerous cocktail — like those “speedballs” some poor souls used to take, blending cocaine to get them wired, and heroin to take the edge off.

Like good forensic scientists, let’s examine each drug separately, then turn to their interactions.

Cult-Level Religious Hysteria

We’ll give this drug a nice corporate pharmaceutical name. Call it Hysterion™. It’s all the rage on college campuses, from the faculty lounges right down to freshman dorms. It’s a type of speed. We might even call it the thinking man’s crystal meth.

No less a figure than gay liberal writer Andrew Sullivan has warned that the left’s cult of victim worship is turning into a puritanical, witch-hunting religion. And religions feed on zeal. It’s part of human nature that (up to a certain breaking point) we value something not so much for what we get out of it as for what we put into it. One-time Communist turned Catholic Douglas Hyde pointed this out in his crucial book Dedication and Leadership. He noted that the more the Party asked people to do, the more devoted they were to it. Conversely, a group where membership is easy and duties nominal generates less commitment. The same is true for churches, which is why those which confront cultural change by shouting “Uncle” as loud as they can tend to die out pretty quickly. (See “Mainline” Protestant churches and liberal Catholic orders.)

You can keep on escalating the moral demands you make of people and society, well past the point of prudence, reason, or even sanity.

But most religious movements know where to stop. If you believe that God made the world and it is good, you also think that human life is good. So you’ll draw the line at escalating the demands you make on people, somewhere well short of where your demands make life unlivable. Or threaten the future of the species. So even the most zealous monks in the early Church knew better than to urge apostolic poverty, celibate chastity, and religious obedience on the whole population. As I’ve pointed out before, that would solve all social problems in 70 short years. But it doesn’t fit in with the orthodox teaching that God made the world and found it “good.” In fact, one way to test some novel theory of the “real” and “radical” message of Christianity is to test it against this standard. (Read more about my “brimstone test” here.)

Let’s say you’re not bound by the trammels of orthodoxy. You’ve adopted a Gnostic notion that the world as it now exists is evil, and you’re part of an elite whose secret knowledge can redeem it. Well, then, all bets are off now, aren’t they?  

The Stronger You Make the Kool-Aid, the More People Want to Drink It

You can keep on escalating the moral demands you make of people and society, well past the point of prudence, reason, or even sanity. Whatever Higher Power you’ve decided to treat as a god (equality, sexual freedom, utilitarian hedonism, or the ever-popular false god Payback), you won’t find any speedbumps slowing your race to the bottom. You are perfectly free to make outrageous, unthinkable claims and impossible demands. That won’t make you seem crazy, at least not to your fellow true believers. Instead, you will seem more virtuous, even “purer,” more consumed by righteous zeal. So instead of being restrained by considerations of mere “reality,” you’ll be goaded by gnostic zeal. The more counter-intuitive and savage the demands you make, the better.

That’s why Jim Jones’ followers drank the Kool-Aid. And it’s why today’s feminists feel free to denounce heterosexuality itself. It’s why socialists disgusted by lingering inequality can double down on their dogmas, even in the face of tens of millions murdered by Marxism, and the poverty hounding Venezuelans today. And it’s why Queer Theory proponents can defend gay male promiscuity, and blame the AIDS epidemic on … the Reagan administration. It’s how multiculturalists in Europe can skip lightly past the plague of rapes, anti-Semitic attacks, and violent extremism which Muslims brought to their countries. The more scrupulous leftist believers are in ignoring reality and punishing human life, the deeper, stronger, and purer they prove their faith. Perfect imperviousness to arguments or evidence is the surest sign you’re among the Elect.

The more scrupulous they are in ignoring reality and punishing human life, the deeper, stronger, and purer they prove their faith. Perfect imperviousness to arguments or evidence is the surest sign you’re among the Elect.

Endzone Dancing on the Faces of Your Enemies

The other drug in the contemporary leftist cocktail is more like a steroid. Like massive doses of testosterone, it elevates aggressiveness and the urge to dominate. It also suppresses the moral reasoning centers of the brain, causing a kind of induced sociopathy. Since it replaces empathy with vicious glee, let’s call it Sadistica™.

If you’re mainlining or even just snorting Sadistica™, you have a different and stronger reason for grabbing outrageous ideas. You take them up mainly to impose them on your enemies. The more outrageous and sickening your opponents find them, the better. In fact, that’s the point. Anybody, weak or strong, could spread reasonable, persuasive ideas. That’s sophomore stuff. But if you can force people to obediently repeat blatant absurdities on the pain of losing their friends, their jobs, or even their freedom … Now that’s intellectual power, my friends.

George Orwell knew this. The political system he concocted for 1984 was titled “Oligarchical Collectivism.” Its vision of the future was simple, as Party enforcer O’Brien explained to Winston Smith: “A boot, crushing a human face, forever.”

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Think about it. Big Brother didn’t have any tangible interest in undermining mathematics. The Inner Party demanded that people not just repeat, but come to believe that 2+2=5 for one simple reason. Because it was absurd. To prove to itself, once and for all, that no corner of the human mind could escape its power.

That’s got to be part of the reason that leftists try to ban, silence, or destroy us if we won’t admit that men can breast feed or menstruate. Why they want to destroy Christian bakers, but cover up for Muslims who train children to be school shooters. It’s why Twitter bans Laura Loomer as a bigot for denouncing bigotry. But leaves untouched the bigots whom she complained about. It’s not so much that Twitter’s executives have any sympathy for the likes of Louis Farrakhan. But they can display their power by openly flouting their company’s terms of service, any time they want. And there’s not a dang thing we can do about it.

The interaction of two such powerful drugs is especially dangerous, and intoxicating. It allows you to preen as a saint, while performing an endzone dance on a human face, forever.

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  • diane

    Funny and yet Sad at the same Time

  • diane

    P.S.Thank you. I so enjoy reading your books and articles

  • Chris in NC

    As I told one of my younger friends – “Just be careful that these folks you are calling to follow your crusade against all the wrongs you see don’t one day see you as part of the problem – because you aren’t as crazy as they are.”

    • Woobiefuntime

      I already had that happen when Neo Nazi’s threatened to kill me .

  • bdj

    excellent. I love the TM drug names. that was a little bit of creative take on the mindset of the progressive left leaders and their followers.. now, we need to antidote, right? here is a quote from A.Z. Tozier that was good on that point.. “Beware of watering down Christianity until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone, and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone.”

  • Sumerian King

    Great analysis, but why male models?

  • apollo

    The left has been given up to a powerful delusion. Courtesy of Almighty God.

    • Don’t blame God; they’ve embraced it willingly.

      • apollo

        God controls all. That includes the development and expansion of thought. Look at it this way God has mercifully separated us from them .

        • God controls all. That includes

          Don’t blame God for human depravity.

          • apollo

            God created us so he owns what we do.

          • That’s absurd. You’re responsible for what you do.

          • apollo

            think a bit deeper

          • Take your own advice.

  • M_Minnesota

    Excellent article as always Mr. Zmirak!!! Benjamen Owen also refers to the craziness of the left through the Zoolander movie.

    In the article you state “You are perfectly free to make outrageous claims and impossible demands” Which is why I scratch my head now that Andrew Sullivan is just now warning the left. After he has made the outrageous claim that Gov. Palin was having Bristol’s baby.

    As for Sadistica. Remember when the MSNBC host said that Palin’s mouth should be filled with poop? And the female CNN reporter who told viewers to “relish” the tape where Bristol Palin was physically assaulted.? The SNL not funny skit on Todd Palin and his daughters?

    Yes, this was long, long time before the Julius Ceaser/Trump assassination play and Bill Mahr’s not funny joke on the Trump family.

  • Xopher Leonard

    That’s a good example of someone who is completely unself-aware.

  • boise427

    Apparently theocratic authoritarianism enforced by hypocrites is the solution to all social problems.

  • You know you are perfectly describing Trump and his followers. I imagine you knew that already and hope whoever reads this employs some sort of sympathetic projection. Like when Trump calls people liars, cheaters and weak when it’s obvious that he is actually all of those things.

    • ArthurMcGowan

      Give one example. And hallucinations don’t count.

    • It’s not an either/or; Trump lies for political gain, but that doesn’t mean that he never tells the truth or that leftist media doesn’t lie daily.

    • Steve Pitment

      How much time each day do you devote to noting that the real issue is Trump?

    • carlmelcher

      You’re full of it and your name explains that. During the primaries, it was democrat brown shirts, aka Antifa, that were running down and beating up Trump supporters, stomping their faces in the end zones. Okay? Go look at the footage.

  • ArthurMcGowan

    “It’s how multiculturalists in Europe can skip lightly past the plague of rapes, anti-Semitic attacks, and violent extremism which Muslims brought to their countries. The more scrupulous leftist believers are in ignoring reality and punishing human life, the deeper, stronger, and purer they prove their faith. Perfect imperviousness to arguments or evidence is the surest sign you’re among the Elect.”

    Note that Bergoglio treats ALL subjects the way he has dealt with the dubia–a combination of silence (about reality) and insults (directed at those who raise questions). Has he ever acknowledged that migrants cost money, or that they ever rob, rape, or murder? Never. Has the USCCB ever issued a statement that mentions these realities–or a statement of condolences to the grieving after some sensational butchering of an American? NEVER.

  • msmoll

    I agree with this article but… When have any Muslims been involved in school shootings?

    • The recent jihadist in New Mexico training kids to kill:


    • Steve Pitment

      Quite regularily in Africa. Especially if he students are girls.

    • carlmelcher

      A very big one in Russia. Real bad.

  • carlmelcher

    Good one, John… to the point. This is what Van Ripplewink experienced when he came out of the grave and attempted to go home.

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