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The Egalitarian Syndrome
Prof. Paul Eidelberg
November 11, 2009
Apropos of the Muslim massacre at Fort Hood and the media’s failure to
fault Islam for this massacre, I am updating an 1999 article of mine. I
invite readers to think about the educators of our “politically correct” or
non-judgmental media, because the core of the problem consists not in
cowardly or obfuscating journalists but rather the universities that
We boast of these universities, even though they produce so many moral
idiots. I mean men and women stultified by the academic doctrine of moral
or cultural relativism. Because it is this doctrine that prompts
“politically correct” fools to hire Muslims to serve on US military bases
and even head the US Department of Homeland Security. I am speaking of a
doctrine that has corrupted even the President of the United States, a
doctrine that prompts him to turn a blind eye toward Muslims or Arabs who
call “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
What is even more fundamental, I invite readers to think about the normless
democracy now prevalent in the United States, a democracy whose cardinal
principles, equality and freedom, no longer have rational and ethical
constraints. America is so proud of this democracy, not knowing it is
self-destructing vis-à-vis a religion whose deity exalts death.
This said, I turn to the article I wrote in 1999, whose philosophical source
is my critique of the American education which appeared in the Congressional
Record, Senate, July 31, 1968. [See article below]
Some 1.25 million Arabs are citizens of Israel. Most deny Israel’s right to
exist as a sovereign Jewish state. These Arabs do not suffer from the
egalitarian syndrome that dominates Israel’s Jewish elites.
The egalitarian syndrome I have elsewhere called it “demophrenia”
has not been studied by modern psychology. This democratic syndrome
impairs the ability to make moral judgments and to use political authority
with a good conscience. It makes the use of might in defense of right
suspect in the minds of egalitarians. Those infected by this mental
deficiency are prone to political paralysis when confronted by threats
requiring them to assert themselves or to use power over others. Recall how
the Shamir Government was incapable of using adequate force to suppress the
intifada. The egalitarian syndrome led to Oslo.
Some will object by saying the Government of Israel is afraid of
adverse world opinion. But fear of world opinion is itself a symptom of the
egalitarian syndrome. When Arabs screamed “Slaughter the Jews!” they didn’t
give a hoot for world opinion, and precisely because their immunity system
has not been impaired by the egalitarian syndrome.
The egalitarian syndrome stupefies the mind; it destroys moral
outrage and honor. This is why Israeli prime ministers released and armed
Arab terrorists, i.e., experienced Jew-killers, to provide for Israel’s
security! We have here a profound mental disorder. One wonders why
psychiatrists haven’t flocked to Israel to study this unique phenomenon.
Those afflicted by the egalitarian syndrome tend to disregard the
implacable hostility of Muslims toward Israel. This has inhibited Israeli
governments from exercising Jewish sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Such
is the influence of the egalitarian syndrome that even the Likud has
accommodated itself to “Post-Zionism”! One may even say that the Right has
ceased to exist in Israel as a political force.
To be sure, the most intractable strain of the egalitarian syndrome
will be among left-wingers, Israel’s blind-deaf-mutes par excellence. Their
thoughts and attitude toward the Arab-Jewish conflict are colored by the
Marxist notion that human conflict is rooted not in some defect of human
nature, such as the lust for wealth or power, but rather in the penury of
nature at large. Nature is miserly: it does not provide enough for human
Hence, to overcome human conflict, it is not necessary to perfect
human nature, but to conquer external nature, that is, to overcome the
economic scarcity and inequality that drive men and nations to war. [Enter
Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu.] And of course modern science and
technology now make the idyllic state of universal peace possible,
beginning, of all places, in the Middle East!
In other words, if all Arabs had indoor toilets and washing
machines, VCRs and Volvos, PCs and Internet, that would mark the end of the
Arab-Jewish conflict. Or so many leftists suggest. [I have personally
heard the equivalent even from the lips of Netanyahu!]
Despite their “sophistication,” these egalitarians do not and cannot take
Islam seriously. Like Marxists, they regard ideologies as the
“superstructure” of material forces. Change the economic or technological
infrastructure of the Arabs and their thoughts and attitudes about war and
Israel will change correspondingly. In other words, Muslims can be bought.
The egalitarian syndromea consequence of moral relativismcloses
the mind to the malevolence and violence permeating the ethos of Islam.
This syndrome cannot be overcome by logic or even by empirical evidence.
The West needs to overcome its relativism; it must drastically reform
non-judgmental social sciences and humanities. This requires nothing less
than a political revolution: a transformation from a normless to a normative
democracy, one whose government is not silent about evil and ready to act
vigorously against it.
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