Narcissist Nation

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Narcissist Nation

Reflections of a Blue-State Conservative

Marlin, George J.

It’s not easy being Catholic and conservative in secular ‘Blue State’ New York, but that’s what George J. Marlin is, always has been, and always will be. Don’t ask him to change.

Besides, like America, it’s the Empire State that needs to change. Generation after generation of elitists have put in place their plans for making the machineries of state work more efficiently and more equitably, and they’ve succeeded in wrecking what was never broken in the first place. And Mr. Marlin has a name for political types who think they know better than the rest of us: narcissists. Narcissists have been fouling up societies since the beginning of time. As Marlin writes:

Throughout history, a subset of people have viewed themselves as superior to the rest of the population due to their perceived distinctive qualities: intelligence, breeding, class, or wealth. These elites have generally held that because they are exceptional persons they were best suited to conduct the affairs of state.

They are wrong. But they have succeeded, and they appear to be ascendant in America today, although the Tea Party may have something to say about that. But consider the following contemporary examples:

* The elitist imposition of Obamacare upon an unwilling nation

* The lionizing by the Left of eugenicists, such as Margaret Sanger and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

* The way “Catholic” politicians such as New York governors George Pataki and David Paterson and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani run roughshod over Church teaching

* The way contemporary education – from nursery school through college – infantilizes and fails our kids, preparing them poorly for the rigors of adulthood

With an acid pen and a ready wit, George Marlin takes on many of modern America’s most revered intellectuals and shows conclusively that they’re just not as smart as they think they are.

George Marlin, Chairman of The Philadelphia Trust Company, is the general editor of the Complete Works of G.K. Chesterton and author of many books, including American Catholic Voter, Fighting the Good Fight, and Squandered Opportunities, all from St. Augustine’s Press.