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 sakeâ€”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 interestsâ€”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
â€œPensÃ©es: Notes for the Reactionary of Tomorrowâ€
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.