Punchinello's Chronicles

Fear: The Basis for Liberalism

Have you ever watched nature at work? Have you seen animals killed by other animals? It’s simply the way of life, with predators killing prey for survival. To watch an animal being killed is a pretty horrifying event. There aren’t that many options, in terms of reactions. We can turn away, ignoring the whole vision, or we can try to overcome our empathetic pain and understand the way things are in reality.

Growing up, we learn two ways to handle the power of raw nature. Children are naturally animals, and don’t particularly care one way or another when they see a rabbit killed, a bird wiped out, a fish caught, or so on. They turn to the surrounding adults and the parents to figure out how they’re “supposed to react.” It used to be that adults would tell children that the one animal died so the other animal could survive.

This emotional interaction with the death of a living thing is inextricably tied together with the psychological sense of well-being in a child. When there’s a loving, caring family, a child witnesses the killing of animals from a basic foundation of safety. The predator and prey might be horrifying, but not terrifying. Horror is when we see something outside of us happening. Terror is when it’s happening to us.

With that basic sense of safety and security, the child learns that predation is a part of life and death, a natural process. But what about modern families where children are so often left to fend for themselves? Parents are too busy, don’t want to take time with the kids, and send them off to work out their own problems in a life of after-school events. These children have no basic sense of safety and security.

Watching a wolf take down a rabbit, or an orka whale eating a seal, the children also naturally identify with the animals. The secure child identifies more with the killer, where the anxious child identifies with the prey. Without discussion, the child begins to see the prey as a “victim,” meaning that there’s no real purpose behind the violence.

As children grow older, they start to project forward in time and outward from their own personal self. They see predators as large and powerful, uncontrolled, and acting unexpectedly. The stalking hunt becomes lost in the fearful emotions of an unpredictable world. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and fire all join into this sense that “out there” is a really bad world, filled with danger.

Add to the mix that so many adults in society spend time talking about child predators, kidnapping, safety failures, death, destruction, mayhem and blood, and you have a child-become-adult without any basic comfort zone at all. They’ve become part of the prey rather than a predator, which is the more natural role for a human being.

Above all, this free-floating anxiety translates into a compelling and overriding need to make sense out of the world and to find a safe haven. The natural impulse of the hunted is to find a hiding place, go to ground, and to run. Provide the high intelligence of a human mind, and the sense of being prey (a victim) comes together to form the philosophy of romanticism and the ideology of liberalism.

Stop the Pain!

Liberal romantics believe that human intervention can override all of nature. We can eliminate predators and violence by outlawing it entirely. Since this is obviously ridiculous, romanticism tells us that “true” animals (not human beings) should be exempt. They’re “innocent,” meaning they have no reasoning mind and must follow their genetic mandates. Violence is okay for those animals because they don’t know any better.

The psychological shift is to transfer the emptiness of a dysfunctional family onto nature itself, assigning human reason and motivation to violence. Nature becomes “Mother Nature,” and if the child grew up with a mother in arrested development or who wasn’t able to ensure the child’s safety, Mother Nature becomes a terrifying mystery.

Only a small amount of minimal education is required for a terrified child to assign words and concepts to their free-floating panic. They learn to identify confidence, certainty, reason, and judgement with the hunter, killer, predator, attacker. They let go of their own human nature, choosing to identify with the poor innocent animal that’s been “slaughtered” by the hungry predator.

Adding it all up, the now “progressive” liberal child develops a worldview based on being a victim. They isolate the human species as the only, singular species with a reasoning mind. But they blame that reasoning mind and intelligence for killing “pure innocence.” Conservatives become the predators, with liberals becoming the champions of innocence.

Anything associated with nature and uncertainty is also associated with a “killing instinct.” Reasoned arguments “feel” like a hunting stalker waiting to pounce on the least sign of weakness. The entire concept of weakness is associated with the defenselessness of the toddler in a world of uncaring adults. And so, the modern liberal lashes out from the safety of the herd.

We see that the first line of defense on the African Savannah is to gather into a herd. Crowd together and don’t act “differently,” otherwise the hidden lions and big cats will flash out of the tall grass and strike when least expected. In a flurry of teeth and claws, another innocent victim will be torn apart.

How else would be explain the nearly instantaneous shift from basic human discourse into frantic, near-hysterical screaming when someone disagrees in the slightest with a liberal? What’s driving this flash conversion into outright panic if not a foundation of panic? If anyone at all proposes allowing the global temperatures to naturally work out, or the natural economic corrections to take effect, that person becomes part of the problem. They become Nature, hidden and stealthy, watching and waiting to pounce.

Victim Psychology

Liberalism is founded on a psychopathology of abandonment and insecurity. The focus on forcing families to love each other, legislating morality, and ever-increasing regulation for the “sake of the children” is the manifestation of the frightened child grown to adulthood in a world they don’t understand.

Sadly, in the way of psychological projection and transfer, these same fears become overt in the restructuring of education. To “protect” the victim-child, educators now must override nature. Competition and aggression must have “zero tolerance.” The result is to convert more human beings to prey, victims, and helpless toddlers.

“The Government” takes the place of the all-protecting mother and father that didn’t exist in a liberal childhood. God represents the absent father, and Mother Nature stands in for the emotionally absent mother. The government becomes “the herd,” where consensus and sameness are the key to survival.

In a fantastic contradiction of mental gymnastics, the liberal driven by unexamined fear and totally sublimated emotion has only the intellect to work with. Intellectually, they realize that a government is made up of human beings not pure and innocent animals. Therefore, “someone” (more human beings) must be in charge of managing that government.

Such an organization either represents anonymous caregivers of childhood, or those who most perfectly represent the victims. Leadership goes to anyone who expresses compassion, comforting words, lollipops, and a kiss for the boo-boo. All of life is reduced to finding clear water (environmentalism), green pastures (vegitarianism), and peaceful coexistance (pacifism).

Words mean more than actions, just as a brayed alarm is more important than the action of an aggressive defense. Life becomes relative to the moment, defined by a black-and-white view of either safety or danger, nothing in between. This is the toddler’s view of reality, when that child has no strong adult protector.

Human beings are part of nature. We are the world’s most dangerous predator and omnivores. Our reasoning mind, intelligence and imagination provide us with the capacity to build or destroy. Free will and choice, personal responsibility and morality act as the guiding force in our lives. Only when every one of these capabilities has been perverted by childhood abandonment do we see human beings as some sort of catastrophic “disease” on the planet Earth.



  1. What a load of elephant dung. Fear is at least equally the basis of “conservatism” – fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of the outside, the other, the unfamiliar. Conservative pundits once argued that blacks were inherently inferior, the women were incapable of logical, rational thought, and on and on. Only the “liberals” of those days had the courage to stand up and challenge the status-quo. So who is the most fearful? Hell, we’re all fearful and fear motivates any number of human actions. Claiming that “liberalism” is any more fearful than “conservatism” is the height of willful ignorance and is definitely uninformative and usless for any purpose other than partisan, and also fearful, pillorying of something you fail to understand sufficiently to construct a real argument.

    Comment by Punchinello's daddy — September 29, 2008 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  2. Actually,the above describes a reactionary, not a conservative. Reactionaries don’t initiate much of anything, they simply react to changes in the status quo and changes in what they’ve known all their lives. “Daddy” seems to be saying that what took place 100 years ago is the (only?) argument for or against conditions taking place a century later.

    Fear is not the ONLY motivator in human behavior. Among others, also readily present over all of human history, we have power, lust, love, and money. At the most basic chemical level, the only three motivators are pain, pleasure, and curiosity. Fear is far more the motivation in so-called liberalism, where idealism is the motivator in conservative idealism. Liberalism is a reaction, more often than not. And yes, this blog is certainly partisan with a now-stated purpose of attempting to ruin liberalism completely.

    Comment by Punchinello — September 30, 2008 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

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