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The Autopsy Report on the Death of the Liberal Class

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A little irony, some history, and a message for the left.

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After a long illness the Liberal Class faded away. It died after decades of being morbidly dysfunctional. It was often out of its mind with delirium, and with periods of being semi-comatose. It had suffered from physical deterioration, mental depression and hallucinations of its former grandeur.

An autopsy was performed to determine the exact cause of death. Political scientists wanted to examine the corpse for underlying pathologies and their progression. The information may prove useful to future social movements. Hopefully, future generations can be saved from the tragic fate of the Old Liberal Class. The peaceful protests against riotous police violence gives one some hope for the next generation.

Survivors of the Liberal Class are Identity Politics and Political Correctness. The relatives were left squabbling over Liberal's legacy. The Biden faction claims that it is the sole legitimate heir. The Sanders faction is begging for the silverware set. The pro-maskers and anti-maskers are in an angry Twitter feud. Identity politics, political correctness, incrementalism, and mainstream Democrats are demanding their share of the estate. The middle class was left with nothing but broken promises. The working class and the poor had become estranged for many years, and were cut out of the will entirely.

The 100 year-old body of the Liberal Class had many wounds. In its younger days it had won some milestone battles: organizing labor, the 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, women suffrage, child labor laws, Social Security, Medicare, the Civil Rights Movement, and protests against the Vietnam War were just a few. Battles lost were to McCarthyism, COINTELPRO, the wars on drugs and crime, mass incarceration, Latin American death squads, privatization, corporatism, and international imperialism.

In later years the Liberal Class grew fat, dull and lazy. Fast-food, slow metabolism, consumerism, too much screen time and its decrepit age had severely weakened its immune system. A gelatinized brain caused ambivalence, confusion, and senility. The heart was broken from waiting for hope and change, which never came. Psychologically the Liberal Class simply gave up the fight.

Chris Hedges, in his book The Death of the Liberal Class, had speculated that the cause of death was gullibility. This was a contributing factor. Liberalism had been foolish enough to believe that it could change the political class from within the system. It had believed that elections and voting for the lesser evil would buy it time. The priority was always to vote for the lesser evil in "this" election, while waiting for the messiah to appear in the "next" election.

The Liberal Class believed in many false messiahs. In 1976 it elected Jimmy Carter. The 1976 election took place when the Vietnam War and Watergate were still fresh in the political mind. The economy was in a shambles, and there was an oil crisis. Hyper-inflation and recession were a new phenomenon called stagflation. Liberalism hoped Carter would be the Promised One.

Carter attacked the energy crisis by calling for conservation and solar energy. He wore a sweater and turned off the lights. He put solar panels on the White House roof. Carter acted as if he was a God-fearing pious man. He talked about peace in the Middle East, and nuclear arms reduction.

[President Jimmy Carter - "Crisis of Confidence" Speech]

In the end, Carter was undone by a feud with his own liberal political party, and he was angry with the American people whom he berated for having a "moral malaise". A hostile mainstream media ridiculed him and made him a laughing stock. On top of that was the Iran Hostage Crisis---

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