At this very moment, every issue supported by the Left, and almost all of the behavior exhibited by the Left is completely antithetical to classical liberal philosophies. There is no longer a commitment to personal liberty or to freedom. The Left is far too busy to promote freedom for the common man or woman, because their time is taken up advocating freedom for tyrants who oppress the common man; terrorists who kill the common man; and religious fanatics who subjugate the common woman.
The intellectuals who once promoted the IDEA of freedom, now are ensnared in an IDEOLOGY that depends for its very existence on the silencing of speech; the suppression of ideas; and the persecution of those who dare to refute its tenets.
What we have witnessed over the 30- 45 years since the Left ascended to dominate political thought in the mid 20th century, is its rapid and unprecedented decline into wholesale intellectual and moral bankruptcy. The noble values and ideals they once claimed they stood for have been completely abandoned; and almost as if a surreal cosmic joke was being played on them, they have—without even noticing!-- embraced the exact opposite.
Peggy Noonan details several recent exapmples of their contradictory and deeply disturbing behavior, including the aggressive silencing of speakers at Columbia; the "outrage" that views they don't agree with should be aired on TV; and the usual narcissistic prattlings of overpaid, undertalented, and extremely entitled Hollywood superstars.
She doesn't even mention this little piece of totalitarian fantasy, which undoubtedly expresses the true feelings of the global-warming-is-caused-by-evil-humans crowd. Although the statement has now been "retracted", you can be sure that the sentiment hasn't been.
What is so amusing about all this is that in all these examples, the people involved believe, without any doubts whatsoever, that they hold the moral high ground. They truly believe that they are champions of freedom!
In fact, they even believe that they are part of some "reality"-based community.
The problem is that none of them would recognize reality even if it smacked them on the side of the head (which reality often does).
The one thing you can say for the left as it has transformed itself into a vehicle enabling for the implementation of evil throughout the world, is that at least they are consistent.
They consistently trounce on freedom of speech (except their own, of course); they consistently support dictators and thugs; they consistently denigrate any attempt to confront or deal with said dictators and thugs; they consistently are unable to see how their ideological positions are in direct conflict with fundamental human rights; human freedom; or even human dignity--even as they shrilly proclaim that their contradictory behavior supports such noble ideas.
The left has degenerated into a movement that has not only abandoned reality, they have jettisoned reason and critical thinking. They prefer to hold onto the dogmatic axioms of their secular religion; shout the mantras and slogans of that religion; and refuse to acknowledge the catastrophic consequences of their behavior in the real world.
The mind of the left has turned to mush. All they have left are the inchoate--but quite passionate- emotions that help them to feel warm and glowing about their own superior intellectual and moral righteousness. A superiority, they have concluded, that entitles them to rule over all the rest of us lesser mortals.
And, make no mistake, that is what it is all about now for these bleeding narcissists. They don't care about human freedom. They don't really care much about human rights or dignity. Their desire is very simple: they want to rule.
No wonder they can identify with and reflexly support--consistently--every dictator and tyrant in the world.