This is a war between democracy and autocracy.
In this war, the “liberals” are ironically the side calling for bigotry and xenophobia against Russians, who want to censor the internet, who want to silence the little guy, who do things like casually calling for their political opposition to be arrested on The View for disloyalty to Ukraine, who want to drive people into unemployment over the COVID vaccine, who want to crush our civil liberties, who support expanding the surveillance state, who want to disarm the public, who support militarism and imperialism, who demand absolute conformity to their perverse worldview both at home and abroad, etc.
What happened to liberalism?
“After the election of Donald Trump in 2016, many Democratic voters felt baffled and betrayed. Pollsters and statisticians had predicted a decisive victory for Hillary Clinton, and her campaign had even attempted to elevate Trump because they thought he was the easiest candidate for her to beat. Conveniently, the Russian collusion narrative and allegations of white supremacy allowed the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign, and the media to avoid asking themselves how they had made such an enormous miscalculation.
In reality, their inability to predict or understand Trump’s appeal to voters was symptomatic of a class stratification that had been building for decades. From the 1970s until the 2008 financial crash, only the top 20% of the country saw its real income steadily grow while the real income of the bottom 80% stagnated. This top 20% consisted largely of affluent college-educated professionals who migrated to the Democratic Party, while large segments of the working class left it. In 1960, Democratic President John F. Kennedy lost the votes of white college graduates, but he won the support of white voters without a college degree by a 2-to-1 margin. For Joe Biden, the results were the exact opposite. In 1992, almost 60% of Bill Clinton’s supporters were whites without a degree, but the same was true of only 27% of Biden voters. By 2018 the top 10 wealthiest congressional districts were all held by Democrats.
The Democratic Party’s elitism problem corresponds to a long-standing trend among liberal professionals. For decades, they have been waging a thinly veiled class war against their perceived inferiors, which Christopher Lasch described in his 1994 book Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy. One of Lasch’s central arguments was that managerial elites had abandoned public debate and their basic obligations to the majority. The economic divide between the Democrat-affiliated upper-middle class and the rest of the country has produced a highly insular intelligentsia increasingly disconnected from reality and aligned with corporate interests …”
We’re not worried about Putin’s autocracy.
We live over 5,000 miles away from the front lines in Ukraine. Also, if you take Eurasianism seriously, Russia’s aspirations are regional and inwardly focused on the “Russian World” and encountering resistance in Ukraine. The real autocratic threat comes from the PMCs inside our own country.
In an ideal PMC world, you would be free to watch only trusted authoritative sources like CNN and MSNBC on YouTube. You would also be able to explore any gender identity or porn site that you want. You would be free to cross the Mexican border as you please or to join a mob and burn down your neighborhood. You wouldn’t be free to own a firearm or to eat red meat or to make your own personal health decisions or say whatever is on your mind and contradict the narrative due to the harm that is caused to others.
Liberalism 3.0 is at odds with Liberalism 1.0. It is focused on controlling speech and thought. It knows exactly what is good … things like antiracism, racial equity, intelligence agencies, vaccines, veganism, Ukraine or “trans” rights. Preferably, a combination of unbridled state and corporate power untempered by either constitutionalism, tradition or precedent should be used to crush all those who stand in the way of what is good as determined by Twitter whether it is Donald Trump, Alex Jones, Canadian truckers or Russia. Comedians walk on eggshells and tow the party line in the “Free World!”
In this respect, Liberalism 3.0 departs from Liberalism 1.0 which was suspicious of state power and Liberalism 2.0 which was suspicious of corporate power. Liberalism 3.0 celebrates authority and grasps for power like a man dying of thirst in a desert. It chafes under restraints. It us intolerant and loves a good witch hunt. It constantly appeals to the authorities to … DO SOMETHING.