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III. Leftist Groupthink: How Intellectuals Lost Their Ability to Reason
In brief, the history of “liberalism” covers the development of every precious idea to the Western mind, including the Bill of Rights, Constitutionalism, the free market, etc. The root word means “liberty,” after all. Yet this “classical liberalism” gave way to liberalism as socialism, as the term is now understood today, and all hell broke loose.
The main driving force behind the socialist worldview, which is the default view of the American Democratic party, is the writings of Karl Marx. This is important because the project that most distracts today’s typical Western leftist is Political Correctness, which is a tendril of cultural Marxism. Likewise, the central debate tactic is another Marxist trope called Critical Theory.
But as modern liberals have walked away from the Western canon of Art and Literature, and revealed religion, they have moved further into a very murky swamp. This Slough of Despond swallows them as they call out to lure others into its reedy interior, to sink and drown. Misery and insanity crave company. But once society trades a set of core truths for increasingly tenuous and farfetched philsophies, the ability of the average person to debate important topics disappears. This is because there is no longer a baseline from which to evaluate the statements and ideas of the self and others. In its place comes a politically predetermined set of goals that will eventually be installed, without any regard to logic or consistency, like Nietzsche’s Will to Power. And this is where Critical Theory comes in.