DNS: Harper Derangement Syndrome
The latest demented punditry from the conservative press in Canada has been to redefine opposition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s policies and his Conservative government as being a form of mental illness, duly dubbed “Harper Derangement Syndrome“.
Granted, there is an epidemic of the crazies these days. But no immunity or exemption from the crazies was made for the conservative commentariat or the columnists of The Toronto Sun or The National Post or their readerships either.
I’ld say when it comes to “derangement”, the shoe is quite as much on the other foot. This redefinition of political opposition as a species of mental illness smacks of the kind of perversity you find in totalitarian dictatorships or kindred dystopias, where it’s assumed to be self-evident that any kind of political opposition must be due to mental illness.
When the Pope stated, quite accurately, that “duplicity is the currency of the day”, he certainly didn’t pointedly make an exception for the conservative commentariat, or the columnists of The Toronto Sun or The National Post, or for Mr. Harper and members of the Conservative Party. Nor does Jean Gebser’s diagnosis of the “mental-rational structure of consciousness now functioning in deficient mode” make any kind of extraordinary exemption for them either. Their claims to a more primal innocence and veracity (the “righteous mind” syndrome) are completely disingenuous.
It’s just more phoniness and fakery — The B.S. Factor at work.