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HS 342 – The Mindsets of Political Zealots with Dr Lyle Rossiter

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Ever wonder why some people are liberals and others are conservative? Is there something different in their brain chemistry or is it just the way they were raised?

Dr. Rossiter is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. For more than forty years he has diagnosed and treated mental disorders, with a special interest in personality pathology and its developmental origins. He’s also author of the book The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness, and talks about the belief that government can solve our problems and politicians have our best interests at heart.

Key Takeaways:

[1:58] The differences in mindset between liberals and conservatives

[5:18] Big government countries oppress religion because government needs to be the highest power

[9:36] Communist and socialist regimes have killed nearly 200 million people in the past century

[13:16] The people who describe themselves as caring are callous when they get power

[18:20] Politicians don’t seem to have a grasp on obvious economic truths

[20:55] Adolescents need something to commit to and idealize things and people

[24:47] Big government is a great deal for the ruling class



The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness

Episode: 342

Guest: Lyle Rossiter

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