I believe in a threshold theory for truth. I believe there are those, and there are relatively few of them, who have a threshold of zero and who will be the first to speak truth, even when they are mocked and maligned and threatened and lied about. And those brave people encourage others, they encourage those with a threshold of 1, to start speaking truth because they see at least one other person doing it, no matter the consequences. And those people inspire those with a threshold of 2, and so on, until truth prevails. One person turning on their light, can spark others to turn on their light. Martin Luther King Jr famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Or in the words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a man who brought down a version of this ideology once before, simply by speaking the truth: “To stand up for truth is nothing. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph…. But not through me.”
Liberalism and conservatism are not ideologies, but dispositions.
They both have the vices of their virtues. Traditionally, one of the virtues of liberalism was tolerance. Unfortunately, they have tolerated ‘illiberal leftism’ for a long time, and now it has grown into something that is displacing liberalism in the places where liberalism used to be strongest: first of all, in the Academy, in higher education; but generally throughout the ‘cultural apparatus’.
There are a few old-fashioned liberals left, huddled together in places like https://quillette.com/, and even more who don’t go along with the capitulation to the Leftist thoughtpolice but are keeping quiet, but basically, the American liberalism we have known since FDR’s time, is dead.
It’s hard to characterize what is replacing it. Like radical Islam, it’s something new in the world, something that could not have been predicted fifty years ago (although in hindsight we can see the tiny seeds of both even then).
Liberalism is not being replaced by hardline socialism, although the hardline socialists are thriving. Very few people now want the government to take over the economy and run it. Especially young ‘woke’ types with cushy jobs at major international corporations which have quickly signed up to the new Loyalty Oaths and which are throwing money at BLM and similar enterprises. (Those big capitalists are not stupid – divert a fraction of one percent of your profits to the loudest complainers, and they’ll direct their attentions elsewhere: much easier, and more fun, to close down a Christian baker, than to try to get a major clothing corporation to do something about the atrocious working conditions of the children who sew their clothes – https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/233347/no-sweat-by-andrew-ross/.)
It’s still too early to be able to analzye the origins of the new ‘Left’ – if we can even call a movement which despises its own working class ‘Left’. What’s astonishing about it is the ease with which it cast off a traditional liberal value, Free Speech.
The old Left – the real, Leninist/Marxist, Left – of course never believed in Free Speech at all, at least not the post 1917 Left which looked to the Russian (and later Chinese) Revolutions for inspiration. But I don’t think the new politically-correct ‘Left’ is a simple evolution from that source, even if many of them now like to épater le bourgeois by waving hammer-and-sickle flags.
Tentatively, I would locate their source in the extraordinary social/economic environment of comfortable self-indulgence that the children of the educated middle class grew up in. It was truly a ‘Golden Age’ for white college graduates (not for others), and they got used to having their every whim indulged in. Now the latest generation has extended this attitude to hearing/reading political views which challenge their own – and this desire for total (or totalitarian) unity has been intensified by the internet, where you can hear ONLY views that correspond to your own. So why should you hear your cherished views be challenged on a college campus, or allow a right-wing rally in ‘your’ public park? Especially when your ‘views’ are not contestable propositions about matters of fact, but just your emotional prejudices?
Of course, America’s Golden Age was underpinned by its overwhelming military dominance. Even with technology substituting for manpower, this will not last when the foundations of American patriotism are eaten away, and the new ‘Left’ is hard at work doing that.
So we are headed for interesting times. Patriots – and anyone with common sense – must begin to think now about preparing a lifeboat, because the ship is listing more and more, and cannot be repaired. We have to start to ‘think the unthinkable’, and not console ourselves with the idea that we are still the natural majority in America, who would win any genuinely free election. Those times are, if not gone, rapidly going.
This not the first instance where some liberals have expressed deep concerns over where the people who are leading the Democrat Party are headed. One of the most outspoken has been attorney Alan Dershowitz who is concerned about the strong strain of anti-Semitism that has taken over a significant portion of the Democratic Party.
Representatives Omar and Talibe are the obvious examples, but Barack Obama’s politics toward Israel were unmistakable to those who really examined them. Why give hundreds of millions in cash to the largest state sponsor of terrorism and the most outspoken supporter of wiping the Jewish State off the planet, Iran?
In addition the enmity between some African-Americans and the Jewish people has obvious for years. Does anyone remember Jesse Jackson’s “himmie town” comment years ago? That was not a phase that came out of thin air.
Thinking liberals also have to be concerned about the current radical uptick in violence in our major cities. Even some African-Americans are noting that ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter are making their lives worse, not better.
Dershowitz and others have not joined us, but they are forming a quiet alliance because they would rather negotiate with us than be dictated to by the hard left.
Liberalism is what it has become, not what you say it is. It is now an ideology of evil, pure evil.
Democrats are the party of infanticide, socialism, government control, smashing Free Speech rights, giving free stuff to illegal aliens, and now they are the party of mobs in the streets burning and destroying cities. See the burning cities and torn down statues, and you see the democrat party world. Mobs.
Republicans are the party of Traditional Values, Liberty and freedom. Donald Trump gave us the lowest unemployment rates since John F Kennedy until the virus hit, and now Democrats are trying to keep the virus going because they are so evil they are happy to destroy the economy simply to defeat Trump. That’s right. Masks and continued shutdowns are a joke, based totally on fear. There is a 0.04 death rate for Corona. People have more chance of dying from the Flu.
Liberals today They have polluted the minds of our children with homosexual and transgender filth and perversion. They have destroyed every institution they have come into contact with from football to the boy scouts to even small churches… They are burning cities and destroying art, they are murdering police and destroying the lives of all who dare disagree with them. They have imposed fascist edicts on us the violate our constitutional rights. They tried to overthrow the government with a faux impeachment.
They embrace infanticide - not abortion, infanticide. They HATE GOD and spit on all that Christ taught.
They cannot be dealt with, they must be destroyed, utterly.
A totalitarian socialist state of mobs is what the Democrats offer, and liberty and freedom and jobs-not-mobs is what Trump offers.
That’s a great piece, I am hearing liberals in California trying to make it very clear that they do not support what their Party is doing and embracing which is very unique; usually they just parrot what they are told to parrot and never investigate the other side.
I don’t know how widespread this authors view is among the longtime left, I will not be getting my hopes up for electoral change in this State any time soon; but I am encouraged to hear former indoctrinated lemmings communicate truth and put their entire lives on the line doing so.
The Left are not kind to deserters, they abuse them even more than those who have always rejected their opinions; this article is evidence of some very good news!
Lots of YOUNG people are doing the same which is refreshingly surprising.
We have great opportunities ahead, to seriously eat into the Democratic base and split large chunks of it away from the progressives.
We need to think about ways to encourage these people to abandon their traditional party, which is no longer the Party of FDR, or of JFK, or even the party of Bill Clinton in the 90s.
They’re not going to become Republican conservatives overnight, if ever. They don’t have to. They just need to walk away from the hideous caricature of a political party that the Democrats are becoming.
Here are a couple of ideas for helping this process to speed up.
(1) We need to look for opportunities to organize joint pro-American patriotic celebrations. For instance, as July Fourth approaches next year, we should approach local Democrats and suggest a joint Democrat/Republican (and Libertarian and Constitutionalist, if they are around) celebration. Not ‘political’ … just a celebration of America, the great progress it has made for ordinary people, its contribution to defending civilization in the world.
We should also invite labor unions, community organizations, churches and veterans’ groups. Our theme should be ‘One America!’
The AntiFa Left will hate this. Democrats in thrall to them, and afraid of what BurnLootMurder will say, will have to refuse. Good! But if some Democrats respond positively – even if they are hypocritical about it – that will be all the better for us. (And we should anonymously taunt AntiFa to see if we can get them to show up at the celebration and attack it, and burn some American flags.)
(2) There are several organizations dedicated to supporting veterans. We might consider holding a fund-raising event for one of them, and, again, inviting local Democratic leaders to take part, as well as all the community organizations we can reach.
(3) If there is a ‘local hero’ – ideally a Black or Hispanic one – who has performed some outstanding patriotic service – either in the military, or as a policeman, or as another sort of First Responder – we could consider holding a banquet in his or her honor. Again, invite all patriotic Americans, regardless of formal political affiliation.
Do all this publically. Make your local Democrats either agree to work with us, or publically refuse.
This is a kind of political judo. You win either way (if you do it right).
And note – we need to take every opportunity we can get to meet rank-and-file Democrats on a one-to-one basis. We have been demonized in their eyes by the lying Mass Media and similar types in the ‘cultural apparatus’ (schools etc). They have been told we are all knuckle-dragging white supremacists. Getting to know us on a one-to-one basis will counter that . (Okay, there are always a couple of exceptions, people supposedly ‘on our side’ who should be kept away from the public. But in general, contact with ‘them’ will only benefit us.)
We should do this sort of thing whoever wins in November.
Sorry. That play got us where we are today, in a hot civil war.
That’s the Neville Chamberlain play. For all his good and naive intentions he helped bring about the most costly war in history. You don’t shake hands with the devil, you destroy him.
There are no Democrats! The party of JFK is long dead and buried. The new Socialist American Party (still pending name change) is evil and the enemy.
President Hindenburg reached out to the minority Nazi party hoping for unity in the Weimar Republic, He bought about a satanic catastrophe.
You are totally naive. You need to spend some time in the streets and get bloodied up like I have.