From Jan. 23, 2016
“In a traditional democracy, the liberal class functions as a safety valve. It makes piecemeal and incremental reform possible. It offers hope for change and proposes gradual steps toward greater equality. It endows the state and the mechanisms of power with virtue.”
― Chris Hedges, The Death of the Liberal Class
This is how a liberal class works provided a society has a left and a right side to its politics. Liberals referee those two sides in an effort to grant dignity to common people and legitimacy to the ruling class thus ensuring the stability of the republic. But what happens when one of the those sides is missing? When there is no real left, what does the liberal referee? The answer is, without two actual opponents, the liberal must now step in and play the role of opposition in a fight that now has no referee. That by itself is problematic, but then add to that situation the fact that the now opposition actually agrees with its opponent roughly 50% of the time. What kind of a debate is this going to be? One that moves ever to the right, that’s what kind. The goal of dignity for the commoner recedes from view leaving only the legitimacy of the king to shape the nations narrative. Without critique from the left, this belief in legitimacy devolves into dogma and soon the commoner is a slave, the king is a despot and the republic is totalitarian state.
Keep this in mind during the upcoming circus known as the 2016 Election. This ain’t about Bernie, Hillary, or a clown car. This about who we will be for this century. Do we stand and draw the line in the sand saying “This far and NO FARTHER,” or do we sign a suicide pact where our only choice is slow or quick poison.