Fox Psychiatrist Ablow: The Unabomber Was Right About Liberals


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Fox’s crackpot psychiatrist, Keith Ablow once again is looking like he could use a good shrink. In a column, he turned to Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, in order to accuse liberals of being “psychologically disordered” because, supposedly, they use technology to gain control of others and erode their autonomy. (H/T Media Matters)

In his June 25, 2013 column, Ablow both condemned and praised Kaczynski. “What the Unabomber did was reprehensible,” Ablow wrote. Kaczynski’s ideas, on the other hand, “cannot be dismissed, and are increasingly important as our society hurtles toward individual disempowerment at the hands of technology and political forces that erode autonomy.”

Really? The ideas that came from the same brain that had “ideas” about sending letter bombs? Apparently so. Despite that little thing called “four life sentences in federal prison,” Kaczynski nevertheless passed what is probably the most important Fox News test for punditry cred: he hates liberals:

(Kaczynski) saw the political “left” as embracing these technologies with special fervor, because they were in keeping with the “leftist” ideology that centralized power was the way to govern men.

He saw these “leftists” as psychologically disordered—seeking to compensate for deep feelings of personal disempowerment by banding together and seeking extraordinary means of control in society.

Not only that, Ablow went on to extrapolate from Kaczysnki’s book (which Ablow said “deserves a place alongside” Brave New World and 1984) a condemnation of President Obama:

And having seen Barack Obama elected, in part, by mastering the use of the Internet as a campaign tool, then watching his administration preside over eavesdropping on the American public, monitoring their emails and tapping their phones, denying them their due process and privacy, and making a play to disarm them, Kaczynski, must wonder what it will take for Americans to wake up to the fact that their individuality and autonomy—indeed, what constitutes the core of a human life—is under siege (by the very forces he predicted—technology and leftist political leaders).

Who will Ablow turn to next for inspiration and insight? The Boston Strangler? Casey Anthony? So long as they abhor the left, their future could be bright on Fox News.