The former psychiatrist-turned-FoxNews political commentator who coined the term "Bush Derangement Syndrome," Charles Krauthammer, wrote in 1983 about another syndrome, what he called the "mirror image fallacy." The idea is that people across the globe--men and women of every race, nationality, and creed--are just like Americans. They possess the same dreams and hopes as Americans.
In a recent interview in Townhall magazine, Krauthammer opined that the mirror image fallacy is the "primary affliction of liberalism...the primary core of our liberalism."
But, this idea is nothing more than political insanity, according to Krauthammer.
Yes, all people have hearts, feelings, and children. All people love and strive. The commonalties are obvious and explain why medicine works. What liberals overlook is that politics begins where those commonalties end. There are different languages, histories, aspirations, and moral systems. These differences provide the fecund breeding ground for political conflict.
Simply put, the mirror image fallacy doesn't explain politics and that's where liberals get it wrong. Believing that everyone is just like them, liberals propose what Krauthammer believes are totally useless and ineffectual political solutions--like arms control and chemical weapons treaties. Then, when violations occur, and they will due to those differences, liberals wonder how such misconduct was possible.
Krauthammer believes the mirror image fallacy has evidenced itself most recently in the liberals' embrace of the so-called "Arab Spring." Liberals were convinced that democracy and peace would result from the marches and protests. Instead unrest continues in Egypt, the conflict continues in Libya, and Syria is now engaged in a deadly civil war.
Unable to explain why conflict continues since every person in the Middle East must desire peace, liberals continue to rely on the mirror image fallacy. Why ever would liberals believe that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the biggest, if not only, key to peace in the Mideast, Krauthammer asks. Ditto for calling domestic terrorism of the type perpetrated by Major Nadal Hasan "workplace violence." He's just like us, no?
The answer to that question is pretty straightforward. Liberals propose easy ways out of very complex problems because they believe that everyone else is just like them. Conflict cannot exist in that worldview.
And that is insane, politically speaking.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the interview of Charles Krauthammer in Townhall magazine, click on the following link: