Progressives, you just have to love them, they are the gift which keeps on giving. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more comical they plunge one step further into collective derangement. Last Saturday they decided to brighten an otherwise drab afternoon by marching through London to the US embassy carrying anti-Trump placards supplied by the Socialist Workers Party demanding the cancellation of the Trump state visit.
We were treated to the sight of a clutch of middle class progressives channelling their inner yummy mummy by playing at being firm parents. Their great plan was to hold out a state visit with the Queen as a treat which had to be earned by good behaviour. ‘Donald, if you don’t behave and do as you are told you won’t get any delicious pudding’.
What happens if scolding Donald doesn’t work and like a petulant infant he obstinately refuses to do as he is told? If his special treat is taken away where do you go, are they going to threaten to send the President of the USA to the naughty step?
Normally we pass these marches off as mere virtue-signalling. There may, however, be deeper causes lying behind the collective protests. Gad Saad, holder of the Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences and Darwinian Consumption at Concordia University, puts forward the theory that the anti-Trump hysteria we are witnessing is an example of collective Munchausen syndrome.
Munchausen syndrome is when somebody feigns a medical illness or injury to garner sympathy and empathy. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is when you have somebody under your care, often your own child, and you harm that third party to garner sympathy for yourself. ‘Look, look, my child is ill! Help me.’ This syndrome is a morbid psychological desire to draw attention to yourself because you desperately need the sympathy and attention offered. Collective Munchausen syndrome by proxy is when a group of the likeminded congregate to proclaim their own victimhood and the victimhood of those with whom they identify.
The way social justice warriors have responded to Trump is more than mass hysteria, mass hysteria has no direct purpose. Anti-Trump marching may appear futile exhibitionism to normal people, but it has a definite purpose for the marchers, self-glorification. The effect of marching and parading their irrational fears (Trump = Hitler, Don’t H8, Trump is Racism) is to turn attention inward to: ‘Oh my God, we’re such victims, and our countless close friends thousands of miles away are victims’.
Those suffering from collective Munchausen clearly share a particular political approach which feeds in to the derangement. Their whole ethos is built on identity politics which inevitably results in the Oppression Olympics. We end up with a competition to see who is more oppressed because this is the mechanism through which they proclaim their value and attempt to solve problems. Oppression is value.
It is not just the comfortable and free middle class who demonstrate. At the Woman’s March in Washington we were treated to ‘Nasty Woman’ Ashley Judd in psychological meltdown, Madonna exposing herself as a domestic terrorist dreaming of blowing up the White House, and Linda Sarsour, one of America’s most prominent Muslims and supporters of sharia law, screaming for women’s rights.
Celebrities too can suffer from collective Munchausen’s. Their unacknowledged inner guilt at their ridiculous wealth and unearned prominence has consequences. They too have a need to proclaim their victimhood. ‘Look at me, I too am a victim, fearful of the future. I am fighting for all that is just and good and opposing the coming fascist dictatorship. Look at me, am I not worthy too?’
This gives them the ego strokes of being a victim and garnering sympathy and admiration from all the other victims they surround themselves with. Like all collective delusions it is self-affirming. Thus we have countless comfortably off, middle class people living in a free society gathering together to hear celebrities and politicians re-assure them that they are the good people. Whilst the celebrities are in turn re-assured that they are not overpaid self-centred narcissists, but rather deeply compassionate and caring individuals fearful for others.
All this in a country where women are free to do whatever they wish, even go on foul-mouthed rants at marches where they dress up as giant vaginas and parade in front of children while wearing pink pussy hats and carrying expletive-laden placards. The fact that they are able to do this is proof that they were not actual victims living in a pre-fascist state. But logic never cuts much ice with the deluded.
While there are countless millions in the world who live in fear of actual oppression in police states and brave protesters who have to hide from all too real death squads, our cosseted progressives go into meltdown because their side didn’t win a free and fair election. But never mind, there is a president who is attempting, however ineptly, to keep his country safe and there are actresses in Hollywood who don’t get paid as much as actors because they are weaker at the box office. That’s real oppression.
(Image: Ronald Woan)