The subconscious death wish that Burnham and Muggeridge examine manifests itself far more subtly. Those afflicted with it are on the moderate Left (which in America arrogates the name “liberal”). Perhaps out of a feeling of inferiority, these half-hearted representatives of the Marxist ideology that dominates the East behave as if they expect and desire their own annihilation. While the Soviets can openly embrace a coherent system of political thought, these Western liberals must pay their respects, publicly at least, to a hodge-podge faith that gets its values from everywhere – the French Revolution, the Enlightenment, diluted Christianity, humanism, behaviorism, and social welfarism. They stand for everything and nothing.

Erik von Kuehnelt Leddihn, “Death Wish” (National Review, Sep 30, 1983)


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