All The Liberals We Cannot See
The transformation of liberalism into authoritarianism is nearly complete.
Western liberalism was always destined to be poisoned by the innumerable contradictions inherent in an ideology that like all ideologies after reaching an apex of absolute power becomes consumed with its own normative proclamations rooted in delusions from an incapacity for self-reflection and a lack of courageous defense by its adherents.
The sacrifice of liberal principles of free speech, equality, autonomy, justice, fairness (equality under the law), secularism, diversity of views (“classical liberalism”), and the institutions entrusted with securing these principles for the citizenry have been made in exchange for power in which any means (abandoning those principles and corrupting those institutions) justify its abundant accumulation as a recursive end.
The liberals of the last century, regardless of decades and passions, would be horrified to see what has become of the self-proclaimed liberals of today, who openly embrace censorship, celebrate proxy wars between nuclear powers and deny calls for a peaceful resolution. They would be terrified by “liberals” who promote Marxist indoctrination in schools, and gender confusion among children to push them toward chemical castration while demanding the state oversees and manages human choices that eliminate bodily autonomy including forced injections of experimental toxins that only succeed in killing and maiming people to line big Pharma’s pockets.
Without convictions to stand behind and defend their beliefs, which may not have been very strong or worthy of defending in the face of mob influence, over the past decade millions of liberals succumbed to herd behavior and abandoned their liberal principles to avoid the ad hominem slanders associated today with simply believing in basic civil liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
The full transformation of Liberalism into Authoritarianism is nearing its final stages, though it was a process that consumed many decades through the gradual debasement and abandonment of liberal principles.