The Face of Liberalism

It was said (by Bernard DeVoto?) of America before World War II that it was as if the United States had been tipped to the left and downward, so that, across the rest of the country, whatever was unattached or unsecured slid southwest into California.  Today we might say that the Democratic Party is sliding into California—not coincidentally at once the most Democratic and least democratic of all the 50 states.

The modern Democracy is commonly described as the identity party, the political home of the ethnics, the minorities, and the immigrants—and the organized progressive left.  A broader, but also more accurate, characterization is that the Democratic Party is simply the Misfit Party, comprising the neurotic, the insecure and confused, the unhappy, the antisocial, the unmarried, the sexually perverted and the emotionally ill, the childless, the dissatisfied and discontented, the godless or the unchurched, the unrooted and displaced, the freaks, and the otherwise lost souls who apparently account for roughly 50 percent of the American nation early in the 21st century.  No statistics exist, of course, to show that this percentage is unprecedented in the history of our country (or any other).  Still, it seems likely that the inhuman, and inhumane, qualities of life in advanced secular-liberal-democratic-capitalist-industrialist-technocratic society, far from ensuring security and happiness for all its...

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