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21 Jul, 14 tweets, 3 min read
It's very difficult to talk concisely about politics when the reality of it is so multifaceted that summarizing it with simple, neat labels would be impossible even *if* universal acceptance of those label's definitions existed.

For instance, "neoliberal" and "left."
"Left" describes political theory founded in Rousseau's conception of a social contract, which is fundamentally different (and thus irrevocably incompatible with) theory founded in Locke's vision of a social contract (called "liberalism.")

Half the time I mention "neo-liberalism" I'm not necessarily describing people who are liberals in any sense of the term. They *profess* to be, but the sincerity of that ranges from a self-serving, lobotomized conception (i.e. GOP party line) to mere lip service (DNC party line.)
With the GOP and its ilk, "neoliberal" means "liberalism with any parts that conflict with the wealth-amassing corporate state's best interests conveniently left out." Thus they lecture at length about free markets but omit liberalism's own common-good arguments (which DO exist!)
For the DNC, professions of liberalism are mere lip service; a flesh-mask worn by a party which has moved past mere route political hypocrisy and into pure contempt for liberal mores and institutions as evidenced by attacking them whenever they prove inconvenient (e.g. SCOTUS).
Hence the confusion - there is, obviously and evidently, a stronger and more devoted "left" than the DNC side of the neoliberal establishment (so called because neoliberals constitute America's political establishment - which is also an elite class unto itself - almost entire.)
Examples of this left would be Bernie Sanders, lifelong Communist fan and apologist, and Ocasio-Cortez and her ebullience for a "Green New Deal" which is just a greenwashed socialist wish-list.

The "neoliberal" side, however, obviously cleave to Rousseau far more than Locke.
An academic who's name escapes me once said that the most useful working definition of a Marxist-Leninist state is one where a Marxist-Leninist party holds complete control. The Democratic side of the neoliberal establishment demonstrates the truth of this.
This is why I prefer to use "collectivism" so much - it is the most accurate identifier available. Like the leadership of so many Communist states before it, the neoliberal-left in America adheres to Rousseauian collectivism long after Marxist ideas are discarded.
In politics 101 I was taught that politics means "who rules, and to what end?" This is the most fundamental level of politics; the one answered by social contracts. Hence why the defining trait of a Communist government is not economic policy, but totalitarianism.
Conservatism has predictable failure modes as well; namely "old boy's clubs." Anyone from a small town or south of the Mason-Dixon - or even anyone who reads their local small-town paper - is familiar with this. When the Police Chief, Judge and Mayor all golf together... well.
And conservatism displays this same failure mode at the American Federal level, just at-scale. In-group wagon circling, self-reinforcing class divisions, Planck's Principle and simple self-delusion all contribute incentives to maintain their delusions.
Hence they continue to champion Reagan's policies despite being four decades removed from the global reality Reagan lived in; because their continued existence as important, wealthy and powerful people both depends upon and is vindicated by it.
I posit only that the left-wing side of this equation demonstrates the same trend; of the failure modes intrinsic to their political theory and social contract upon which it is founded rearing its head.

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