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8/27/2004

Dr. Krauthammer's Demons

Matt Yglesias thinks Dr. Krauthammer is abusing his authority as a psychiatrist in this oped. On the contrary, Dr. Krauthammer is simply laying bare the inner demons of the (neo)conservative psyche.

Neoconservatives uniformly came of age on elite colleges in the late sixties and early seventies, a period during which elite colleges were a hotbed of liberal and leftist activism. Conservatives were underrepresented, since they are typically unable to succeed in meritocratic systems. Those conservatives that managed to eke in felt a profound sense of alienation, relying on a conspiratorial victimology to explain their isolation. Combined with their well-earned inferiority complexes, this hypersensitivity has distorted politics for a generation.

Such mediocre minds as Gingrich and Armey, Krauthammer and Kristol, deserve our pity, not our opprobrium. It is difficult to succeed in a competitive academic environment, and those who are unable are not necessarily lesser human beings.

 

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