Moral Narcissism & Its Discontents. Dollar Weakens. Peter Berkowitz, @HooverInst. @JohnTamny, Forbes.

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Moral Narcissism & Its Discontents. Dollar Weakens. Peter Berkowitz, @HooverInst. @JohnTamny, Forbes.

“…Roger L. Simon has a theory about the dysfunction of American politics that has explanatory power beyond our shores. In “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Undermining Our Republic, if It Hasn’t Already,” Simon argues that an excess of self-love is impairing the American capacity for self-government. “Like Narcissus of Greek mythology—mesmerized by his reflection in water, the handsome hunter gazed longingly upon his image until he died—human beings have always been susceptible to the psychological malady we call narcissism. “Distinctive to our era, according to Simon, is a special form of the general personality disorder. In the case of "moral narcissism,” he writes, “What you believe, or claim to believe or say you believe—not what you do or how you act or what the results of your actions may be—defines you as a person and makes you ‘good.’” The incidence of moral narcissism, he contends, has reached epidemic proportions. “A novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, and co-founder of PJ Media, Simon is in a good position to reflect on American politics, having journeyed from the civil-rights left of the 1960s to the limited-government right of today. “Simon is well aware that moral narcissism can be found among his political allies—in the belief that less government is always better government; in the opinion that government has the right and responsibility to impose traditional morality; and in the article of faith that America has the tools and the wherewithal to remake the world in its liberal and democratic image. But whereas on the right love of one’s own moral posture is constrained by competing conservative impulses—particularly the tension between conserving tradition and expanding freedom—moral narcissism, according to Simon, is “a pathology that underlies the whole liberal Left ethic today.”

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