The Motley Monk didn’t know GDD existed until he read about this new mental disease in a March 2014 Townhall magazine article titled “Grievance Deficit Disorder.” Better understood as “faux outrage,” GDD emerges as liberals create problems that portray the world as a dark, ominous place and then promote their own social policies as the only solution. In short, a “grievance deficit” motivates liberals to create hoaxes that draw attention to what doesn’t exist.
Google employee: If you guys would just move out of the way…
Protestor: How long have you lived in this city?
Google employee: Look, I’ve been here for six months. OK. Look,
I live around the corner. I don’t owe you anything.
Protestor: How much is your rent?
Google employee: Look, I can pay my rent. Can you pay your rent?
Can you pay your rent?
Protestor: I can’t pay my rent.
Google employee: Well, you know what, why don’t you go to a city
where you can afford it? You know, this is a city for the right people
who can afford it. If you can’t afford it, it’s the time for your to leave….
I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it’s time for you to leave. Look if you can’t pay
your rent, I’m sorry. Get a better job.
Even if the Google employee’s statements accurately portray the facts associated high price of living in San Francisco, the statements were rather cold and callous.
However, the truth is that the so-called Google employee wasn’t one at all. No, it was a union organizer—Max Alper—who staged the confrontation.
The media ran the story and video of the confrontation went viral on the Internet. However, the story was never retracted, even after the Daily Caller News Foundation revealed the hoax.
But, who would do such things? Probably right-wing nut jobs, no?
Within one week, academic administrators at Oberlin discovered it all was a hoax. The perpetrator was Dylan Bleier, an Oberlin student who zealously campaigned for President Obama and was a member of a group called “White Allies Against Structural Racism.” Bleier got what he wanted—national media coverage—but the resolution to the hoax—Bleier’s expulsion—was not reported.
The Townhall article details other examples of GDD, each of which exemplifies how liberal success—take the Obamacare, for example—creates a catastrophe for liberals because they need causes and crusades—so they paint the cuts to Medicaid that are part of Obamacare as racist.
With no cause or crusade to gin up attention to their social policies, the liberal identity is challenged. So, liberals believe they must create hoaxes, turning those who dissent from the liberal point of view into “haters.” Then, Piers Morgan on CNN and Chris Matthews’ on MSNBC provide air time to the organizers of those hoaxes, adding an air of credibility to them, thus allowing GDD to shape how the liberals watching those shows think.
The article’s author, David Freddoso, notes:
The lusty embrace of this crutch to explain away and shout down
all other opinions has perhaps turned liberalism into the greatest
casualty of grievance deficit disorder. To operate under the
assumption that half of Americans are natural haters is to close
one’s mind to reality and reason. And it shows.
Yes, it does show, The Motley Monk notes. Recent polls suggest that the so-called “Millennials” are increasingly disaffected with liberal social policies—like Obamacare and income redistribution—which place the burden of debt on their shoulders. It may very well be that GDD turns the Millennials into conservatives long before they turn 40.
Let the discussion begin…