Psychosclerosis sightings

Cases of psychosclerosis abound.

Chris Trotter’s and Steve Braunias  must have been in the grips of it when writing their columns in last week’s Sunday Star Times.

Then Michael Cullen played Muldoon.

Monkeywithtypewriter  spotted a serious outbreak at The Standard.

Simon Cunliffe had such a bad attack that the ODT added this to the end of his weekly column:

Simon Cunliffe is assistant editor at the Otago Daily Times. His views are entirely his own.

And Inquiring Mind came across classic symptoms in a letter to the editor.

But all is not lost. It is possible for those suffering from psychoslerosis to overcome their affliction as Chris Trotter shows:

Who is served by an ideology that refuses to recognise that crucial aspect of the human spirit which refuses to accept the brute statistical reality that many are called but few are chosen?

Are we socialists, in our drive for an absolute equality of outcomes, really willing to descend to the level of a certain species of crab which will, when collected in a bucket, seize and haul back into the doomed mass any individual that attempts to escape its fate by climbing out?

Should John Key’s mother be condemned for instilling in her son the notion that, with lots of hard work and a little luck, he could transcend his state house roots?

Is that why so many other New Zealanders raised in state houses voted against Helen Clark’s Labour-led government last Saturday?

Because, somehow, they had got it into their heads that she would be happier if they never left them? Never climbed out of the bucket?

Or, God forbid, that Labour’s social-democratic state was actually about seizing them in its claws and dragging them back down into it?

But alas, he’s had a relapse in today’s SST.

I can’t find it on line but in his column he shows an inability to see past his own prejudice which is a classic symptom of psychosclerosis.

He’s writing about the deal between National and the Maori Party. He reckons Maori are betraying their roots but if he wasn’t afflicted by psychosclerosis he’d be able to see it as the historic opportunity for progress which is how those with a more positive outlook regard it.

5 Responses to Psychosclerosis sightings

  1. […] Homepaddock identifies this as a form of psychosclerosis. […]

  2. adamsmith1922 says:

    I have come across another example here

    http://adamsmith.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/10064/

    but they abound. I predict the Listener Letters to the Editor will have some real gems

  3. Colin Lucas says:

    Trotters column today reached a nadir this morning. He is back to his spiteful best.

  4. Madeleine says:

    Surely playing the Muldoon card is the kiwi equivalent of Godwin’s law?

  5. homepaddock says:

    Madeleine – You’ve got a point about Godwin’s law but there is a similarity between the actions of Muldoon who tried to sabotage the incoming Labour government in 1994 and Cullen who was undermining the incoming National government last week.

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