Does Liberalism Promote Mental Health?

I watch “The Five” occasionally and admit that Bob Beckel gets under my skin at times — as does Juan Williams as they put forth liberalism as a paradigm for sound¬†governance. In listening to their liberalism for a while, it soon becomes clear that these two men subscribe to a utopian ideal in which lots and lots of goods and services are available to anyone (including people here illegally) and these goods and services seem to be disconnected from any sort of cost (i.e., They are “free.”).

Bob and Juan like it that way. Hey, who doesn’t like free stuff? Because this utopian ideal is so compelling, they seem unconcerned about inter-generational plunder, duplicity, and spin, to a degree that goes far beyond what most of would consider egregious. To put it another way, “The end justifies the means” (and the means can be absolutely anything).

I do not believe that neither sound mental health or a sound country exist downstream of this paradigm for governance or life.

— Andrew J. Billups

About ajb

I am clinical psychologist and academic coach with more than twenty years of psychotherapy, academic coaching, and training experience. I operate from my base camp in the Chesapeake Bay Country of Tidewater Virginia. I have a long-term interest in the relationship among public policy, education, mental health, poverty, and change language.
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