Narcissistic but not naive

Dennis Prager provides his views on what makes liberals tick. He says it’s down to the two N’s — naivety and narcissism. I can’t disagree with narcissism, but I think Prager is behind the times in viewing liberals as naive. According to Prager, “At the heart of liberalism is the naive belief that people are basically good.” This was probably true of Hubert Humphrey, but to ascribe this belief to, say, Hillary Clinton is far-fetched. To today’s liberals, it seems to me, most people are considered either “haves” (at best “privileged,” at worst oppressors) or “have-nots” (their victims). The former group is considered venal; the latter group contemptibly helpless. Neither group is seen as “basically good.”


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