Here’s a quote from Vaclav Havel that succinctly describes the intellectual compromise, the at least partly voluntary surrender of reason, that occurs under leftism. It’s dated 1978, but he could just as easily be describing us today.
Our system is parallel with communism. It never opposed communism, only managed and restricted it, but it was not and is not communism. Communism, at least in its more intellectual conception, is supposed to be a rational system. Our system is fundamentally emotional, which is why people understand it so little.
Since the goal of our system was to manage communism, while obscuring its actual goal, people participating in the system took a range of attitudes toward it. The most severe, an attitude not really accepted as legitimate, described what actually happened; it was to be strictly penned in until it collapsed. Nobody really thought that would happen though, not for a hundred years.
What’s forgotten- what went down the social democratic memory hole quite quickly, once communism collapsed- is how pro-communist the mainstream left was. They hated people like Havel. They were looked on as tools of Western capitalists and heartless bastards.
The meme for the collapse of communism was that it was a political crisis for the right. “They need an enemy! What will they do now they have no enemy?” But the matter was quickly dropped, as it was embarrassing to the wrong people. In reality the collapse of communism moved the world firmly to the right, with ominous consequences. Wall Street at this time went Democratic. Bill Clinton and the new Democrats took over. They would not push taxes and regulations too much, but would focus on social and educational issues. Globalization and free trade accelerated.
Soviet communism proved to an embarrassment to the Western left. The workers were a drag anyway. Our system isn’t based on labor but is racial and above all sexual in its power structure. But let’s not forget how much it once loved the red star.