I have been thinking a bit more about the musings of Cass Sunstein – describing the libertarian paranoids. I offer again the definition of paranoia:
1. Psychiatry. a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission.
Does this not describe the mental condition of many of those in the US Government as it relates to both Americans and foreigners?
Systematized delusions: the belief that individuals can control the direction of the economy via central planning / central banking is one of the biggest delusions practiced today. Another is the delusion of being able to bring everlasting peace through everlasting war.
The projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others: treating everyone as a potential terrorist; at the airport; pretty much everyone in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia; the Russians and the Chinese.
Sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission: I think no comment here is necessary.
It is many in the government that are paranoid; based on the definition above, a perfect fit to the clinical definition.