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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  • Killer Marmot

    The concept of “liberal democracy” (mean majority rule tempered by individual freedoms which the majority can not easily abridge) is one of the best political ideas ever created.

    But many on the left, especially the far-left, now treat the idea with disdain. Conservatives have wisely picked up the banner from the dirt and fly it with pride.

  • canminuteman

    ” 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.”

    This implies that the “right” (I don’t believe in the terms left and right) used to be like that. I don’t believe they ever were. This is pure projection on the part of the author.