Munchausen Nation

Like most of us, I have been riveted while watching the United States of America have a mental breakdown in front of the rest of the civilized world. 

I imagine all the neoconservatives who bleated about American Exceptionalism as a pretext to export our own pathologies abroad must be scratching their heads; and I am not shocked to see our enemies in Beijing and Tehran watching this sorry fiasco with rapt glee. What we are witnessing is the result of what I have called the MEET Complex” (media, education, entertainment, and tech) turning out millions of people with Munchausen Syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. These largely leftist-dominated institutions are turning the United States of America into Munchausen Nation: a nation of codependent victims and enablers.

The University of Michigan School of Medicine defines Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, as follows, “Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in (another) person under his or her care…Because vulnerable people are the victims, MSBP is a form of…abuse.” The second disorder, Munchausen Syndrome is defined as “a mental health disorder in which a person intentionally produces physical or psychological symptoms of illness.” In other words, people with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy convince others that they are sick and in need of help; people with Munchausen Syndrome are convinced that they themselves, indeed, are sick and act out to prove it.

This relationship, between those who convince others that they are suffering some malady and those who are convinced that they are as a point of fact, plays out over and over in America’s version of leftist identity politics.

Our elite, leftist-dominated institutions in media, education, entertainment and tech have made it their job to convince everyone in America that the United States is a fundamentally racist, sexist, bigoted country that is irredeemably built upon a foundation of oppressing people. People belong either to victim castes or oppressor castes. Our opinion and narrative generators in the MEET Complex make sure to pump out a steady stream of articles, news reports, books, classroom curricula, movies, songs, online streaming shows, and goosed online search results that build and reinforce this Manichean worldview. 

For those “victims” who submit to the narrative, what is the result? Munchausen Syndrome. Those who are defined as “historically marginalized” (blacks, Hispanics, women, homosexuals, single parents, cohabitators) are perpetually marginalized by this narrative. Those who accept that they are subjugated minorities become convinced that they are held back by “systemic racism” or “structural inequality” or “systems of oppression.” The MEET Complex tells these converts to the progressive liberal religion that the cure to their ailments can only be achieved by becoming activists or community organizers, demanding legislative fixes, confiscatory taxes, affirmative action, and so on.

For those “oppressors” who submit to the narrative, what is the result? Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Those who accept their mantle “oppressors” (whites, men, heterosexuals, married parents, able-bodied people) become enablers whose only role is to “be an ally,” which means cravenly and without reservation supporting any and all statements and policy prescriptions put forth by the most radical of the activists. 

Right now that means supporting the abolition of policing in the United States. In 2018, it meant destroying Brett Kavanaugh and #BelieveAllWomen. In 2019, it meant believing that Nicholas Sandmann was a racist teenage white boy bullying a hapless Native American elder and calling for him to be doxxed and destroyed. The only acceptable “oppressor” is a servile and obedient one. If it means creating kangaroo courts on college campuses to try young men for assault with no due process, we had better support it—hence Obama’s Dear Colleague Letter in 2011 creating just that, and ruining countless students’ lives in the process. If it means pulling down statues commemorating our ancestors, we had better submit—hence the rush to pull down any and all monuments commemorating prominent historical white men today.

Every time an uncomfortable or tragic interaction between a member of the victim caste and the oppressor caste occurs, the same trite, boring and altogether predictable and ritualistic sequence of events begins. Members of the “victim caste,” infected by the MEET Complex with Munchausen Syndrome proclaim that they are being “disproportionately oppressed.” Members of the “oppressor caste,” convinced by the MEET Complex that they are complicit, loudly proclaim that they support whatever demands the “oppressed” put forth. 

At the same time, both “the marginalized activists” and the “privileged allies” combine to out and destroy those who refuse to accept the narrative or the policy prescriptions put forth by the activists and allies. Ergo the “canceling” of Bret Weinstein or Christina Hoff Summers. The “oppressors” and the “oppressed,” when they convert to the progressive liberal religion, become codependent, feeding on each other’s pathologies. Our current situation is no different.

But here is the problem: How do you convince those with Munchausen Syndrome that they are not sick, that systemic racism, sexism, and all the other -isms that the progressive Left diagnoses are fraudulent? We are living in an era where explicit discrimination against women, blacks, and countless other groups is against the law and countless demographic groups who are “victims” make more money than their supposed “oppressors.” Yet the duped adherents of progressive liberalism think we aren’t very far removed in terms of race relations from 1930s Mississippi or in terms of sex from 1600s Salem. 

How do we reverse this faulty perception and not placate it? Especially when there are plenty of high status “allies” (oppressors) who are taught and have come to believe that their identity requires them to engage in Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy by affirming or even promoting the belief that these diseases are real and prevalent.

How do we go forward? By defeating the MEET Complex, silencing those who have Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy—which is itself a form of abuse—and promoting people who reject Munchausen Syndrome.

To do this we must first delegitimize and undermine the MEET Complex. We ought to attack it for its contradictions. We ought to portray it as an illegitimate set of institutions, unelected, unaccountable, pernicious, and contrary to American values. These institutions have done untold damage to this nation and they are dead set on making the country unliveable for all of us. 

Meanwhile, its richest paragons, professors, media executives, movie producers, and tech bros live behind gates with armed guards. We ought to isolate the MEET Complex by continually pointing out that it is largely a monoculture with a strictly defined yet blatantly hypocritical view of which thoughts are and are not acceptable. Indeed, the MEET Complex is the primary engine that creates those who have both Munchausen Syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. It deserves to be marginalized for its altogether nefarious and negative influence on American social and political life.

We also ought to focus on undermining and isolating those who have Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. These people are abusers. These insulting personages, who encourage others to believe that they are oppressed when they are not, deserve all the opprobrium that we can heap on them. They are nothing but unhealthy enablers in a codependent relationship. We don’t need any more male feminists (Cuttlefish) or white saviors (White Knights). The easiest way to rid ourselves of these nefarious persons is to demand that they submit to their own rules.

“Are you a ‘male feminist’ who is on a Corporate Board?”

“Step down and appoint a qualified woman to take your job. Now. Make a statement after you do it, not before.”

“Are you a white liberal running for Congress?”

“Drop out and support a qualified ‘person of color.’ Now. Make a statement after you do it, not before.”

I can think of no better strategy than to force those with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy to play by the rules they say they believe in. Constantly.

At the same time, the Republican Party ought to bring in and promote people from the “oppressed castes” who both reject Munchausen Syndrome and believe in Americanism. Such brave and outspoken individuals deserve our admiration and support for refusing to take the seductive blue pill the MEET Complex throws at them from the moment they enter kindergarten. Those who have the fortitude to resist the lies of the MEET Complex constantly reinforced throughout their lives, through the mainstream media, through the university, through Hollywood, through pop music, and through the left-leaning internet material, which is collated and curated by the tech industry, deserve all the admiration in the world.

This is our task. We have a country to win back from mentally ill vandals suffering from Munchausen and a nation to build up from degradation and falsehoods. Let’s go!

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About Hezekiah Kantor

Hezekiah Kantor is a pseudonym for an American high school teacher and coach with a B.A. from an Ivy League University and an M.A. in teaching from a Jesuit college on the West Coast. A teacher of the year in his first school district, he holds a National Board Certificate for Adult and Youth Social Studies. He has an interest in politics, religion, economics, and military history. His 2019 book, Trojan Horse Religion explains in detail the beliefs and practices of the Progressive Liberal religion and describes how Progressive Liberalism aims to be the State Church.

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