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The victim mentality

November 18, 2010

“The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated thing about life in America.”
Anna Quindlen

“I’m the result of upbringing, class, race, gender, social prejudices, and economics. So I’m a victim again. A result.”
James Hillman

To a liberal, ninety-nine percent of American’s are victims.  The lucky few who are not?  The filthy rich, unless they are philanthropic liberals who feel guilt over their “luck”, then they can be victims as well.  Oh joy!  In a continuing series of articles in which I am trying to get at the heart of a liberal’s worldview, I am going to explain how being a victim defines a liberal’s interaction with others, especially with people who disagree with them.

Social Justice

The primary motivation for a victim is the righting of wrongs.  Everything stems from this premise.  This manifests itself most publicly in the recent rise of calls for “social justice” or the thankfully dropped calls for “reparations” that led the narrative a decade ago.

What is social justice?  I will let Michael Novak explain.  In his most excellent article Defining Social Justice, Mr. Novak asserts:

It further implies that no individual should be held responsible for his relative position. To assert that he is responsible would be “blaming the victim.” It is the function of “social justice” to blame somebody else, to blame the system, to blame those who (mythically) “control” it. As Leszek Kolakowski wrote in his magisterial history of communism, the fundamental paradigm of Communist ideology is guaranteed to have wide appeal: you suffer; your suffering is caused by powerful others; these oppressors must be destroyed.

So in essence, social justice truly is socialism wearing a flowery bonnet.  But pay attention to the appeal of communism at the end of that quote – “you suffer”, you are a victim.  This is important to the liberal mindset.  We all have to be victims for this system to work because otherwise the bad guy is not so easily defined.  If the victims are just a small group, then that means non-victims are conversely a large group.  How do you convince the large group of non-victims that they must sacrifice for the few who are victims?  It is an uphill battle – much easier to convince everyone they are victims instead.

But this is where we get to a sticky point.  How do you stop comment from people who don’t buy into the victim mentality?  It is much easier to prove a point if no one is allowed to speak otherwise.  The best and most effective way of stopping dissenting opinion is stating, “if you haven’t suffered (whatever the victim has suffered) then you can’t speak to it”.  Of course this is a ridiculous argument because every person has led an infinitely variable life than every other person, but this is the liberal justification for you keeping your mouth shut.  If this were true, the therapist profession would be in big trouble, how can you help someone molested in childhood if you yourself weren’t molested?

The most obvious use of this defense against a dissenting opinion is in the black culture.  If you aren’t a black person in America, then you can’t even imagine what they are going through.  That one statement instantly disqualifies all non-black opinion in the discussion.  Obviously this is a subtle form of the next step in silencing dissent, blatantly dropping the racism tag.

No one likes to be called a racist, it is the equivalent nowadays to being called a child molester.  This is a perfect explanation of why the term is used so much.  It instantly derails debate – the accused immediately has to shift to a defensive stance focused solely on proving how they are not racist.  Of course this isn’t just used by blacks, it is used by women, “you are a sexist”, gays, “you just hate gay people”, religions, “you are an Islamophobe”, and any other victim class.  The beauty of this defense is it is impossible to defeat.  Proving a negative is an impossibility.  How do you prove you aren’t guilty of racism?

Look at it from our judicial system’s point of view.  Who has the burden of proof in our courts, the defendant or the prosecution?  The prosecution does, because they are the only one’s who can definitively prove something.  Imagine the difficulty of trying to prove you didn’t murder someone.  The concept of our legal system is “everyone starts from the same baseline, ‘you are innocent until proven guilty’”, imagine if it were the other way, “you are guilty until proven innocent”.  Well, the “racist” epithet puts the burden of proof on the accused.  It is an easy argument that is very effective in silencing dissenting opinion.

Victim-creating entities will always exist

Racism will never end.  Even though we have a black president, America is as racist as ever.  The race-hustlers have invented a term that guarantees they will have a job from now until eternity, “institutional racism”.

From the Macpherson Report , a report on racism in regards to the Metropolitan Police Department in the United Kingdom, institution racism is defined as:

“The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.”

With a definition like that, you can see how my assertion that racism will always exist (from the view of the victim) is true.  “Discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness” – we are all racist and we don’t even know it.  Even if we do everything in our power to not be racists, we are still discriminating against people because that is the way the system is “set-up”.  Apparently it is set-up against minorities in every case except for the most powerful job in the world.

What other victim-creating entities are there?  Marriage creates victims of gays, as does adoption policies.  Gender discrimination is a big issue in the work place, women are victims of unequal pay.  Hell, even Driver’s License photos make victims of Muslim women who want to cover their face.  And if you want to work at a grocery store, you are a victim if you are forced to sell pork (as a Muslim).

Even if these discriminatory practices are removed, they will still be cited as causative entities of victims.  Slavery hasn’t existed for 150 years, but it is still a cause of victimhood.  Not to mention, it is very simple to find new causes of injustice, the unions have fixed the real problems of worker’s rights about 70 years ago, but have they stopped finding other causes of abuse?

Liberals are always right

Liberals know the truth.  They know they have been victimized, in fact, they know you have been victimized too, but are just denying it.  “You are clinging to your guns and religion.”  Sadly, you are too stupid to know how horribly the world has treated you, and are now part of the problem.  My friend Harrison over at Capitol Commentary has an excellent article about this topic. I am going to steal a quote from President Obama from Harrison’s article:

“People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared.  And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared.”

Replace “scared” with “stupid” and you can see what Obama was truly saying.

The only scary thing about the above quote is the close-mindedness required to think that way.  He should have just said what he really meant, which is, “We, who are thinking clearly, know what is best for you.  If you disagree with us, that is because you are stupid.”  Imagine the leader of a republic refusing to listen to the people because he believes the people are too scared to think clearly?  Barry knows best.

This mindset explains much of the policy that has been implemented of late, most embodied by Obamacare.  The liberals know what is good for us.  We are too stupid to know otherwise.  You will like it once you get used to it.

You see, we are all victims of an oppressive health care system designed to make a few people rich (the evil insurance companies) at the expense of everyone else.  If you disagree with that premise, then you are either too stupid, or you are in denial of how oppressive the system is.  And, you hate sick people.  And children.  See how the argument goes?


For us to “move forward” to the ultimate goal of socialism, we must all be victims of the system.  See, the system has to be bad, or there is no reason to change it.  If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Unfortunately, the victim mentality is taking root in more people everyday.  Our children are taught to be victims in school from day one.  They are reinforced as victims once they reach university.  And then they are proven victims when they reach the job market and find out their degree in Eastern Philosophy from 1088-1089 AD didn’t translate too well to the private market and they are now working in Hardees.

We need to break this mentality America.  It is leading us down a dangerous path.  A sad path that will lead to only one conclusion.  A system of government where the people truly are victims of an oppressive system.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. rprtr37 permalink
    November 18, 2010 6:48 pm

    I know I’m probably just scared/stupid, but I don’t think we’ve heard the last of reparations. Once there is a president who more closely matches the image of the “institutional racist” as defined by the left, I’m sure the R word will reappear.

    • November 18, 2010 8:07 pm

      Hey thanks for the comment. =)

      No, I would say you aren’t being scared or stupid in this regard, lol.

  2. November 19, 2010 12:44 am

    Excellent, excellent, excellent! I particularly like how you show the ideas evolving. It changes to fit all situations and all people, thereby giving our would-be “benefactors” the justification to intervene in all aspects of our lives. Of course, they have to dominate and victimize us in the name of preventing victimization.

    • November 19, 2010 6:39 am

      Thank you. Its all about social justice, guaranteeing we are all equally miserable.

      • November 19, 2010 6:55 am

        Great point! They are not trying to lift everyone up to the same level, but trying to bring everone down to the same level.

        Great post!

      • November 19, 2010 7:33 am

        Thanks. =)

        Pretty sad when your goal in life is to make the world more miserable. Hey liberals, stop trying to help us so much, you got this whole progress thing backwards.


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