Fourier complex is an extreme form of egalitarianism in which the believer is prepared to accept, or actually wishes for, widespread poverty, possibly even starvation, as the consequence or means of making the material wellbeing of every member of society equal. In aggravated or more candid instances, this ethic is admitted or even proclaimed by the adherent. In other cases, the belief is held unconsciously as a contingent value and/or it is denied by a person who in fact knows that he holds the view. The term was coined by Ludwig von Mises in his 1927 book Liberalism. He took it from the name of the famous French socialist Charles Fourier. In that the attitude does not accord with materialistic rationality or self-preservation, Mises regarded and described it as a neurosis, or psychological disorder. Triggered most commonly by envy, it embodies a misanthropic viewpoint that may be compared with the anti-human ethics of more-extreme instances of environmentalism, nationalism, and various other "isms" that can be emphasized beyond the point of providing benefit to the human race or even to the believer himself.
It may be regarded as a "dog in the manger" attitude extended to the scope of society, or even mankind.
Ron Kitching sent this to me.
Rudd and Turnbull et all, believe that carbon dioxide causes global warming in spite of all evidence to the contrary. Russian author Leo Tolstoy, explains why people pursue myths. He wrote :
“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth, if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions, which they delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”
Ludwig von Mises also had an explanation for such behavior. He explained thus:
The Fourier complex named after the French socialist of that name, is more properly the concern of the psychologist than of the legislator ...
The failure of his hopes, constitute every man's most deeply painful experience...He seeks refuge in the solace of a saving lie.
He takes refuge in a delusion. A delusion, says Freud, 'is something desired, a kind of consolation; it is characterized by its resistance to attack by logic and reality'.
Only the theory of neurosis can explain the success enjoyed by Fourierism - the sad product of delusion.
Rudd and Turnbull and their followers need psychological treatment if they persist in imposing a destructive ETS tax on the population.
In particular Rudd’s devotion to fantasy reminds me of Dr. Evatt’s sad mental decline in the face of disappointment.
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