In Part 1, we examined the psychology of the group and the intellectuals. Let us zoom in and take a closer look at the individuals, what makes them follow this ideology and what drives their desires.
In part one I explained that the three causes of the radical left were: insecurity, uncertainty, and instability. We examined how these cornerstones applied to the group mentality of the radical left. Now we will delve into how this applies to the individual.
Insecure people have a deep-rooted fear of being criticized. Whether this is subconscious or known, that is not clear, however, the Radical leftist has clear psychological issues that they seek to suppress by adopting large social issues as a smokescreen for their own deficiencies. For example, an individual may have failed at school during their youth and as a result, has a fear that the world would underestimate or judge them harshly. To compensate for this imagined plight, they lash out at others, either by becoming loud and opinionated or adopting a radical cause that gives them moral leverage over others, or both.
These insecure people struggle to find their place, usually finding themselves at odds with others in their social group. This places uncertainty on their future, whether conscious or subconscious, they still desire to fit into society, however, meeting conflict with others who do not back down to their moralistic ideas, they struggle to make lasting friendships. This person then begins to look for similarly minded people, often joining local radical groups who share their ideas.
Driven by the desire to fit in and be seen as normal, but also plagued with insecurity and so-called moral leverage over others, the individuals will likely continue adopting more and more extreme ideas in their own groups. As the individuals still interreact with everyday people in normal work life, that drive for dominance continues to encourage more and more radical and rebellious behavior, for example, piercings and bold hair color. It must be said that not everyone with these “modifications” is insecure or even leftist.
The radical leftists hate authority by others. Being scolded by a parent, colleague or employer is unacceptable. This is where the rebellion attitude kicks in. Denial plays a large role too, “its not my fault I failed at work, it’s because the manager is a part of the white male patriarchy and he is a misogynist.” “My parents treat me unfairly because they are old-fashioned boomers who are destroying the world.”
Free speech is unacceptable to the far left. If they determine that your opinion is dangerous, expect to be silenced and labeled a Nazi. In the past, the traditional left stood up for free speech and free thought. Now they are traits of the modern Right who struggle to get their opinions heard. The radical left can never admit to being wrong (insecurity). To prevent this, they silence opposing voices, using the ideology that conservative opinions are that of the Nazis, and so must not be allowed as that would be dangerous. They miss the irony here, that the Nazis used the same tactics to silence those who opposed them, calling them Bolsheviks or Jews.
In part 3, we will discuss the similarities between the radical left today, and similar groups throughout history.