The one, solid, discernible threat to American freedom at the present isn’t terrorism, socialism, or Donald Trump. Instead, it’s ultra-leftism.
The events of last night have elevated the left wing from an incoherent and increasingly irrelevant political philosophy to an organized movement of violence and hatred, directed towards anyone who dares question their out of touch notions or worldviews.
When this leftism is given a platform or authority, it becomes a danger to the life and property of a free people.
As a libertarian, I have made clear that all peaceful people have the right to live as they will. But that does not mean I have to condone or approve of their lifestyle. The leftists would say, in response, that anything less than full support of all opposing lifestyles is hatred and bigotry.
Where could this have originated?
It’s not as if humans usually tend towards such extremes. They can be, however, driven there.
It begins when you bring forth a new generation, an American generation raised in the 1990’s through the 2000’s. This is the generation which has seen, overall, the highest standard of living of anyone else throughout human history. A generation that was scarcely denied anything; it was a generation raised by daycare facilities and video games. A generation which was never denied anything will not know how to respond well when they are deprived of something.
When we apply this to politics, we begin to see very clearly. 24 hours of constant leftist rhetoric being emitted from nearly every broadcast network, paper news publication, and internet news site, constantly creating enemies to fight them, constantly portraying the Right wing as something it isn’t, to justify their own existence. If a movement has something to fight, it has a purpose. If it doesn’t, the movement ceases to be meaningful.
Well, this new generation, which has only been recently politically active, has bought into these apocalyptic fictions painted by a desperate, dying movement – which has now a new life, far more terrifying than ever before.
Leftism is more of a religion than a philosophy; it necessarily preaches tolerance, but thinks less of anyone that does not fully hop on board with their worldview. It is annoyingly self-righteous, and like a religion, the faithful are unwilling to compromise. When they don’t get their way, they don’t seek to wait until next time, and elect people that will undo the policies of the politician previous (as is what the right did, with stunning gusto) but instead, throw a fit.
But this religion is becoming violent, and badly informed. I would be willing to wager that those people out on the campus last night could not name a single thing that Milo said that was in any way “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” etc. All they can tell you is that he is a “racist,” a “sexist,” or a “homophobe.” Not because they have happened upon that conclusion on their own, but because a left wing media source has assured them, baselessly, of this.
Leftism is entirely dangerous to freedom because it is more a religion than a philosophy. It’s participants, far from leaving everyone alone, seek to impose their ideas on everyone else. Heaven forbid if this new, radical leftism ever takes effective power.