People throughout the world are becoming fed up with politicians on both sides of the political spectrum. The Left accuses the Right of being for rich, greedy capitalists and the Right accuses the Left of promoting socialist causes. Both blame each other for being corrupt. Out of frustration, many become disillusioned altogether and blame the democratic process itself as being unworkable. In America, the Tea Party movement originated in response to this disillusionment with politics. An article in the New York Times (September 28, 2011), As scorn for vote grows, Protests Surge Around Globe, describes a similar disillusionment with politics throughout the world.
Blaming this or that group is an effective way of avoiding looking at the source of what is really happening. By coming up with one disastrous social policy after another, the Left refuses to understand that politics can never provide solutions to humanities social problems. The Right has a sense that government intervention cannot improve social conditions but neither group understands that the source of societies difficulties resides in people themselves, in the destructive social behavior of all armored humans, politicians and non-politicians alike. Wilhelm Reich identified this behavior and called it the emotional plague of mankind (see glossary). The accusations of the Left and Right that are directed against each other are, in fact, symptomatic of the destructive social manifestation of emotionally crippled humans such as the desire for power over others, social dependency on others and so on. The primary function of the accusations is defensive. It is to conceal the plague’s existence. This tragic situation is the reason that social conditions will continue to worsen despite humanity’s best efforts and wishes.