After a lifetime of studying the Left, I have concluded that leftism is a form of moral poison. It causes otherwise decent and kind people who take it into their systems to say and do cruel, sometimes evil, things.
While not specifically about the Left, a major new scholarly book, Pathological Altruism, published by Oxford University Press, explores this phenomenon of people wanting to do good things yet ending up doing bad ones. It applies to New York Times foreign-affairs columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who has a deep altruistic urge to bring peace to the Middle East. But because he sees the world through the liberal/Left prism, he says morally reprehensible things — statements that individuals associated with hate-filled, non-altruistic groups and ideologies would make.
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