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  •  I think the "paranoid personality" (7+ / 0-)

    type (as it is generally used in these political discussions, not in the DSM4 sense) tends to move across party lines, back and forth, from time to time.  Lately, the Republicans seem to be hoarding it up.  But I remember back in the 80s, when I used to listen to Pacifica Radio, and all the people on there that were saying that the cocaine epidemic, and in particular crack, and I also heard it said about PCP, was the product of a CIA government plot to destroy the black family in America.  That wasn't just a few crazy people.  It was a widespread belief, and it took many forms.  That's just one example.  Back in the 70s and 80s, the left was much more looney tune and it would have been tougher to tell which party had the "paranoid personality" type.  So I see nothing particularly Republican or conservative about it.  In fact, I'll go so far as to say a little bit of it is a healthy thing.

    •  Totally Agree. Beatty Ford Made Addiction OK (4+ / 0-)
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      It used to be the film noir hard drinking jerk was angry on behalf of the little guy, today he is mad at the little guy. Al-Anon is full of wingnuts today.

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:14:18 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with this comment, as far as it goes (11+ / 0-)

      My husband and I used to observe to each other, during the Sixties, that the far left often seemed to circle around to the far right. And certainly, as you and others are pointing out, abuse knows no party lines or educational limits.

      However, there is a difference between seeing plots or manipulation behind certain things (a trait distributed evenly across the political spectrum; I agree that some of this is healthy!), and a complete lack of self-awareness combined with a deep urge to impose one's beliefs on others. It's the authoritarian focus of the extreme right that draws the delusional paranoids. In China, it's the ultra-communists.

      "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." -- Thomas Jefferson

      by pianogramma on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:05:46 AM PDT

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