Norwegians determine that Breivik is insane

Dean Ericson writes:

A panel of Norwegian psychiatrists has issued a report stating that Anders Breivik is insane: “In their report, the experts describe a man “who finds himself in his own delusional universe, where all his thoughts and acts are governed by these delusions,” Holden said. “They conclude that Anders Behring Breivik during a long period of time has developed the mental disorder of paranoid schizophrenia, which has changed him and made him into the person he is today.”

In his manifesto Breivik explained his actions as a defense against the mortal threats of cultural Marxism, which was destroying Western civilization, Christianity, Nationality, and the white race through a multi-pronged assault of mass immigration, welfare socialism, radical egalitarianism, sexual liberation, feminization, atheism, drug addiction, pornography, divorce, and general suicidal decadence.

I’m concerned that if a panel of psychiatrists has determined that those beliefs constitute a delusional universe then all us VFR readers may be crazy. Maybe we’re all delusional and the leftists are the sane ones, as they firmly believe. I do think one of the sides is nuts; maybe it’s us? If we’re all crazy then we’re not competent to judge our own sanity. We’d need a outside psychological evaluation. Who could we turn to?

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Paul M. writes:

I, too, find this chilling.

Obviously, Breivik is not “normal.” To murder so many innocent people in cold blood is way outside the “normal” range of human behaviors, no matter what the motivation.

But he clearly knew what he was doing, and that it was wrong. In his manifesto, he talks about undergoing periods of anxiety contemplating what he was about to do, and how he overcame those feelings of anxiety by listening to music, playing computer games, lifting weights and increasing his steroid use.

If Breivik is insane, then so was Brittany Norwood, who beat her coworker to death at the Lululemon yoga studio in Bethesda, and thousands of others who commit heinous violent crimes. The finding that Breivik is “insane” is nothing more than a political move to marginalize and demonize his—legitimate—concerns about Europe’s future.

Not that long ago, homosexuality was considered a mental illness. Today, the unwillingness to accept homosexuality as something equivalent to heterosexuality is only considered a vice. How long before the APA adds “homophobia” & “transphobia” to its “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” ?

At one time, it was considered a sign of mental illness for a slave to want to run away from his master.

Robert B. writes:

Dean Ericson wrote:

“If we’re all crazy then we’re not competent to judge our own sanity. We’d need a outside psychological evaluation. Who could we turn to?”

Why, Dr. Rossiter. Who else?

December 2

Roland D. writes:

In the USSR, those opposed to the State were often deemed insane and incarcerated in psychiatric “hospitals,” where they were tortured until they died or were “cured” (i.e., they renounced their views). This is the heart of Communist “re-education,” and it is of course practiced in China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba today. Putin has yet to re-introduce the psychiatric incarceration of his opponents, generally preferring to settle for trumped-up criminal charges, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time until his opponents are deemed mentally disturbed and therefore in need of “treatment.”

As leftists in general try to represent themselves as being “scientific” in nature, as opposed to us irrational and retrograde conservatives, one notices how the mainstream liberal media in Western societies almost uniformly paint conservative thoughts and their thinkers as weird and offbeat, if not downright insane. The escalation from demonization to institutionalization—performed in order to help the poor, deluded conservatives, of course—is merely a difference in degree, not in kind.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 29, 2011 10:05 AM | Send

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