The left is past all caring about what you or anyone else might think. They protect themselves by wrapping themselves in a miasma of smug complacency about their goodness and virtue and its absence in others. It is a confidence trick on the poor, the young and the productive. Why any of these would vote for parties that only make them worse off while pretending they care oh so much is the great question of our age.
If the parties of the right cannot work out how to explain to the lower half of the income distribution on which side their bread is buttered they will seldom win elections and our social and economic conditions will continue to crumble. The predatory activities of our elites under the name of socialism or progressivism or liberalism or whatever else they decide to call their covering ideologies will pick the bones of our societies clean until there really is collapse.
This is Roger Simon via Instapundit looking at this same problem.
Leftism has devolved into a kind of scam run not only on others but also on the self. Leftists are brilliant at convincing themselves of their own altruism and then broadcasting it to the public, thus providing cover for the most conventionally greedy and selfish behaviors. We see that in our society all the time: the quondam Marxists of Hollywood, the media, and the academy blathering on about economic equality while living lives the Medici could not have dreamed of.
Part of this construct is a ‘prevent game,’ a public persona and system erected so privilege cannot be questioned or undermined. A nomenklatura more successful and sophisticated than anything ever conceived in the Soviet Union. The result of this is a highly stratified society. As is well known but scarcely reported, blacks and Latinos have actually done worse under Obama than other groups. Normally, that would be unconscionable, considering the rhetoric. But as we know, it’s all about the rhetoric. Reality is unimportant — an inconvenience.
Relatively unbridled capitalism has always the best way out of this, the best way to true social mobility, but our nomenklatura doesn’t want to admit this because it might threaten them and their perquisites. It would blow their cover.