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Hat tip: Mathew Crawford

Norm’s note: — a quibble: Dr. Mark McDonald (– at about the 33 minute and 10 second timestamp –) declares that the “left” needs to be destroyed. Americans have a very peculiar understanding of what they deem to be “the political, social, and economic left.” I personally subscribe to what I regard as a “far-left” outlook, i.e., one that is fundamentally and radically anti-totalitarian, and I do not in any way, shape, or form recognize anything remotely resembling my standpoint in Dr. McDonald’s description of what he labels as “the left.” I’ve also noticed that what Americans label as being “Marxist” does not come close to anything squaring with my understanding of, for example, what Marx professed in so far as he professed anything at all. What Americans describe as “Marxist” simply does not jibe with anything that Marx has ever written, but you wouldn’t know that unless you had actually read the man. Indeed, the so-called values that cluster under the rubric of “individual freedom” that Dr. McDonald professes to espouse are in fact a closer approximation to Karl Marx’s attitude than a divergence away from it. On the other hand, it’s true, Marxism, in contrast to the views to which Karl Marx held, was actually a thing that in its orthodoxies Marx himself actually swore off. Dr. McDonald laments that the younger generation no longer reads history; one could also add the lamentation that no one — old and young included — bothers to read original sources before condemning them out of hand on nothing but a knee jerk ideological impulse. Dr. Mark McDonald points to the weaponization of expressions like “anti-vaxxer” or “conspiracy theorist;” the very same must be said about the expression, “the left.” Labels stifle thinking and are divisive. It doesn’t matter who wields them. Whatever “the left” may be in the American context, it isn’t what people outside of the U.S. understand by that expression.

And about that quote that Dr. Mark McDonald mangles and stumbles on, but wants to use to moral effect, a little help (and yes, do note the irony):

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Pastor Martin Niemöller

Source: Inner Intergration

Our guest today is Dr. Mark McDonald, a Los Angeles based, board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, and medical legal expert. He has particular expertise working with children with autism, trauma and other mental illness. He will be speaking on the emotional pandemic and delusional psychosis that has been taking place in society during the the last year.