Liberalism's Politics of Ressentiment and Schadenfreude

In an age darkly stained and heavily befogged by deception, those who dare speak truth to lies must be heavily armored in righteous courage of conviction. Such a person is Don Feder, known for his pull-no-punches style of writing. In his essay, "Rules for Conservatives," Feder opens with this salvo: "Understand that the left intends to destroy you. Your opponent isn’t a nice guy or a misguided idealist. He’s a dogmatist cut from the same cloth as Robespierre and Lenin — a storm trooper waiting to be fitted with jack boots and issued a truncheon. Look at the way the left runs academia, where it’s achieved near total dominance: brainwashing, rigid censorship and draconian punishment for thought crimes. This is what it’s planning for the rest of America. It lies, loots and manipulates. It is driven by envy, bitterness, disdain and a relentless power-lust. It ruins careers to make a political point. It would suppress conservative talk radio and send men to prison for the exercise of First Amendment freedom." (Feder's Rules For Conservatives (Part I), GrassTopsUSA Exclusive Commentary, 11/29/2012)

Contemporary Liberalism (leftism, religious left) evolved out of the idealist or pantheist view of apostate Protestant liberalism in conjunction with Hegelian and Marxist ideology. In 1952 Eric Voegelin delineated the connection between Protestant Liberalism and Communism:

“…if liberalism is understood as the immanent salvation of man and society, communism is certainly its most radical expression.” (p. 93)

Early conservatives such as William F. Buckley Jr., Thomas Molnar, Richard Weaver, Voegelin and many others did the hard intellectual work of both analyzing and researching the roots of Liberalism, Communism, Fascism and similar secular humanist ideologies. They concluded that in the context of morals, politics, that these secular "isms" and corresponding ideas such as Karl Marx’s dialectical materialism (universal evolution) are not just corrupt but evil.

When Scripture teaches that as a man thinks so he is, it means that ideas and certain feelings really do have consequences. So to allow evil ideas and feelings such as envy and hate to take root in your mind (spirit) is to speak and do evil. This is why Leftists and Communists are "driven by envy, bitterness, disdain and a relentless power-lust" draining into a satanically-fueled diabolicism that enjoys manipulating the unsuspecting middle class to "finance its own destruction" through the offer of abortion under a false pretense of concern. Feder argues that this "may be the left's most devious con."

Mona Chavez concurs. In her article "Fewer Babies Born is Bad News for America" she points out that Leftist neo-Malthusians have managed to cause the U.S. birthrate to drop to its lowest level on record, and declining populations spell real economic trouble:

"As populations in advanced countries age, more people become dependents rather than contributors to the economy. Especially in nations that provide a social safety net, such as Social Security and Medicare in the U.S., the ability to fund these programs depends on population growth among younger, working-age people. Declining population means fewer tax dollars to pay for everything from Social Security to national defense. As the base of taxpayers shrinks, the government will either have to reduce benefits and spending on essential programs or take a larger share of workers' incomes to pay for them. But the latter approach -- raising taxes -- will only make the problem worse. If people get to keep less of the money they earn, productivity declines and revenues fall. It's human nature." (Fewer Babies Born is Bad News for America, Linda Chavez,, Nov 30, 2012)

Feder argues that Leftists are driven by envy. Scripture combines envy with jealousy, covetousness and selfishness into a single concept that is a manifestation of idolatry of self and belief that there is a limited supply of good. For this reason:

"(Envy) aims, at least in terms of one's wishes, at destroying others' good fortune." (German philosopher Immanuel Kant, cited in "Truths About Socialism," Coral Ridge Ministries, p.65)

"(Envy is) the great is a destroyer — rather than have anyone happier than itself, it will see us all miserable together." (Dorothy Sayers, ibid, p. 66)

"(Envy is one of the) 'cold-blooded' deadly sins....the cruelest of all.' 'When I say that Marxism is based on envy, I mean that the glorious revolution of the proletariat...was really a promise to put a final end to all conditions that make for envy." (Joseph Epstein, former editor of The American Scholar, ibid. p. 66)

However, when a soul/spirit is so occluded by idolatry of self, hate and envy that it perversely desires above all things the suffering, destruction and death of the object of its evil eye, hate and envy are too weak to convey the dreadful meaning of this murderous pathology. In the book, "Idols for Destruction," Herbert Schlossberg's penetrating analysis of America's cultural disaster, he defines this particular spiritual pathology as ressentiment.

Ressentiment is most often occasioned by envy for the spiritual and physical attributes or perhaps the temporal possessions of another person. If ressentiment is not either sublimated or appeased by the doing of some injury--- spiritual (i.e., backstabbing, character assassination) or physical or both---to the object of the pathology, the result said Schlossberg,

" hatred and the impulse to spite and to say things that detract from the other's worth." (p. 51)

Cain's ressentiment would have compelled him to spiritually destroy his brother before physically murdering him. Ressentiment works in that order.

One of ressentiments' most devilishly evil aspects is Schadenfreude,

"...the rejoicing at another person's misfortune; vengeance is the principle manifestation of ressentiment." (p. 51)

Schadenfreude is incapable of suffering quietly. Rather it festers, simmers and seethes in relentless pursuit of outlets for doing real harm to its object. Examples of this are everything from throwing acid in the face of a beautiful woman to unleashing predators upon defenseless ranchers and farmers in the name of environmental concerns to homosexualizing (emasculating) our military under cover of 'gay' equality to paving the way for murder-minded jihadi-terrorists in the name of multicultural tolerance, to secretly rejoicing in sexually perverting the children of the objects of ressentiment, a favored tactic of God-hating Communists:

"In 1919, Georg Lukacs became Deputy Commissar for Culture in the short-lived Bolshevik Bela Kun regime in Hungary. He immediately set plans in motion to de-Christianize Hungary. Reasoning that if Christian sexual ethics could be undermined among children, then both the hated patriarchal family and the Church would be dealt a crippling blow, Lukacs launched a radical sex education program in the schools. Sex lectures were organized and literature handed out which graphically instructed youth in free love (promiscuity) and sexual intercourse while simultaneously encouraging them to deride and reject Christian moral ethics, monogamy, and parental and church authority. All of this was accompanied by a reign of cultural terror perpetrated against parents, priests, and dissenters. Hungary's youth, having been fed a steady diet of values-neutral (atheism) and radical sex education while simultaneously encouraged to rebel against all authority, easily turned into delinquents ranging from bullies and petty thieves to sex predators, murderers, and sociopaths. Gramsci's prescription and Lukacs' plans were the precursor to what Cultural Marxism in the guise of SIECUS, GSLEN, and the ACLU--acting as judicially-powered enforcers--later brought into American schools." (Cultural Marxism, L. Kimball, American Thinker, February 15, 2007 )

Ressentiment and Schaedenfreude explain why yesterday's revolutionary God-haters like Mikhail Bakunin and today's Leftists and their media and Hollywood shills take pleasure in destroying the object of their burning gaze---the living, personal triune God, as He revealed Himself to man in Jesus Christ as well as preventing a believer's salvation and eternity in Paradise.

Ressentiment and Schadenfreude perversely exalt the Devil and desire that Hell be the final destination of everyone:

"The Evil One is the satanic revolt against divine authority....Socialists recognize each other by the words, "In the name of the one to whom a great wrong has been done....Satan (is) the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds." (Mikhail Bakunin, comrade of Marx, ibid, p. 27)

"We do not fight against believers (or) even clergymen....We fight against God to snatch believers from Him." (Vetchernaia Moskva, a Communist newspaper, ibid, p.77)

Schadenfreude explains why America's contemporary liberal ruling class take pleasure in leveling Jesus Christ down with obscene "piss Christ" and "dung" art and by characterizing true Christian theism as unscientific, backwards, and superstitious.

Where Liberals and Communists have achieved dominance, ressentiment and Schadenfreude led to Gulags, genocide and other entirely demonic results as Rev. Richard Wurmbrand revealed in testimony before a Congressional subcommittee, May 6, 1966:

"The Christian prisoners were tortured in a form which should mock their religion. I tell you again in the prison of Pitesti one scene I will describe you about torturing and mocking Christians, and believe me I would renounce to eternal life to paradise after which I long, if I tell you one word of exaggeration. God is here and knows that I do not say everything. It cannot be said. There are ladies here. There are other people hearing it.

One Sunday morning in the prison of Pitesti a young Christian was already the fourth day, day and night, tied to the cross. Twice a day the cross was put on the floor and 100 other cell inmates by beating, by tortures, were obliged to fulfill their necessities upon his face and upon his body. Then the cross was erected again and the Communists swearing and mocking "Look your Christ, look your Christ, how beautiful he is, adore him, kneel before him, how fine he smells, your Christ." (COMMUNIST EXPLOITATION OF RELIGION, Congressional Testimony of REV. RICHARD WURMBRAND, online source:

Though the tortures were entirely sadistic the brainwashing was worse, said Wurmbrand. It's purpose was to break the spirit and overthrow the will in order to control the mind:

"In prison there were not only priests and pastors. We have had hundreds of peasants and young boys and girls...put in prison for their Christian faith. These were separated and for them there was a special brainwashing, not only that "communism is good," but "Christianity is dead, Christianity is dead, Christianity is dead. Nobody more believes in Christ, nobody more believes in Christ, you are the only fools." (ibid)

God-hating Liberals and Communists have not achieved dominance here in America as yet, thus brainwashing our youth to believe that "Christianity is dead, nobody believes in Christ" is worded something like this,

"....all of the best and brightest people know that Darwinism is factual science and the Bible is superstitious nonsense."

In attacking the object of its hatred, ressentiment often uses third parties as foils. Schlossberg writes that the formal structure of ressentiment is always the same:

"A is affirmed, valued, and praised not for its own intrinsic quality, but with the unverbalized intention of denying, devaluing, and denigrating B. A is 'played off' against B...Therefore what appears to be positive affirmations of the worth of others are really disguised attacks on still others." (pp. 52-53)

In terms of America, the following groups exemplify A: illegals, criminals, prostitutes, 'gays,' lesbian feminists, Muslims, liberalized blacks, abortionists, pagans, witches, Satanists, atheists and agnostics. People classed as "B" consist of 'old white males,' heterosexuals, all faithful Christians and Jews, pro-lifers, conservative Christian black men like Alan Keyes, and anyone who dares to defend America's traditional Judeo-Christian Republic and its founding traditions.

After many long years of being lied to and brainwashed, it is not surprising that misconceptions are held by most Americans today. There are too many to enumerate, but among them are: communism ceased to be a threat when the Soviet Union imploded, Darwinism is factual science; Original Sin, transcendent truths and moral absolutes do not exist; sodomy, lesbianism, and bestiality are valid expressions of human sexuality, pornography is a Constitutional right, and everything is always about politics.

All of these deviously contrived misconceptions have been foisted off upon unsuspecting Americans so as to confuse, intimidate, terrorize, break spirits and over-come wills that ressentiment and Schadenfreude can freely rejoice in doing harm.

It is said that courage is the first of the virtues because without it fear will paralyze man, thus keeping him from acting upon his moral convictions and speaking truth. Thus bringing about a general state of paralyzing fear, isolation, confusion, apathy, and submission to the will of ressentiment and Schadenfreude is Liberalism's diabolical purpose. The antidote is courage and the light of truth. Do not be intimidated by ressentiment's invented charges of racism, homophobia, bigotry, stupidity, etc. Answer accusations with demands for explanations and expose the cesspool of ressentiment and Schadenfreude flowing in and through the so-called "politics" of Liberalism.

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