How the left and right switched places

What has changed in the 20th century is that right-wing people are more difficult to spot. This is because the new conservatives tend to mask themselves as ‘progressives’, ‘liberals’ or ‘left-wing’. Observe this perverse, paradoxical switch: from campus to Corbynista to Guardian newspaper columnist, it is the ostensible left that is now the most intolerant, humourless, miserable, pessimistic, censorious, puritanical, finger-wagging, backward-looking, prole-hating lot these days. The modern left are the new reactionaries.

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