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Mental illness and the Left: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339541044_Mental_illness_and_the_left

I suppose what happened is Trump's victory in 2016 as well as his first term broke their brains. Trump Derangement Syndrome and all that. It became worse over time where the leftists/wokists are actively arguing for the kinds of things you've enumerated above. It's like watching a person devolve and descend into madness. The center (assuming there was a once respectable liberal center) no longer holds.


When I first heard about TDS, I thought: what an over-the-top expression! But I soon realized that the expression has a basis in reality when I noticed good friends going topically insane where by topical insanity I refer to a sort of mental breakdown triggered by and limited to a particular person, event, point of view, etc. I could list about six erstwhile friends whom I now consider political enemies, people I now have contempt for.

There was one guy I valued highly with whom I had a close relationship for about 7-8 years. We met regularly and could talk philosophy together productively for five hours at a stretch. I thought, well, if Trump loses in 2020, he'll snap out of it and we'll take up where we left off. But no! He got worse.

As for the center no longer holding:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

W.B. Years, "The Second Coming"

And even worse, the very worst attain the highest positions and are supported by half the populace. I am of course thinking first and foremost of the POS who is present POTUS.

By the way, dude, you've got some beautiful photos on you site. I especially like the one of Portofino.

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