Liberal Obsessions

Journalist, writer, and pundit Joseph Sobran, while rightfully disdained as an Anti-Semite, spoke wisely when he wrote about what Liberalism has degenerated to.

Liberalism has come to stand for an obsession with the abnormal for its own sake—the minority, the dissident, the outsider, the deviant, and so on. One detects an actual preference for the Soviet Union in clashes between Soviet and American interests—and not because the Soviet Union is idealized, but because America is to be attacked on any pretext. The old liberal universalism has decayed into a generic anti-patriotism whose targets include just about anything traditionally central in the West: religion, family, country.

The liberal finds something to say on behalf of Communism, abortion, homosexuality, pornography, or anything else irritating to a healthy sense of morality, as if the enlightened position could always be found at the opposite pole from normal instinct.

— Joseph Sobran
Pensées: Notes for the Reactionary of Tomorrow
National Review (December 31, 1985)

And, just as Sobran was right then, his words are at least as true today. Liberals display a morbid habit of always sacrificing the normal to the abnormal. It’s a pathology born out of the derangement of Oikophobia.

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