I was just thinking this morning about how reactionary Socialism has become. There was a time when it was The Future™, a delusional but shining, hopeful thing. Now it is the model for those most fearful of change, who want only to divide up what we have without concern about making more. It is certainly the appropriate model for those without hope, for those in a dire and extremely unlikely to get better situation (say, shipwrecked on an unihabited island). Is this a result of Socialisms complete failure to deliver on any of its promises, that if Socialism can’t be the future, there can be no future?
I do not think it a coincidence that the level of bile and hate on the Left has grown in direct proportion to the fading of this hope. Certainly the conservatives were angry when it looked like former President Clinton was the wave of the future. Yet, probably because the conservatives can think in longer cycles, the mainstream of conservatism never became as angry as main stream liberalism is today. But if you don’t have any ideas, anger is the only thing left to sustain you.