We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For a century, an ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous knowledge class -- social planners, scientists, intellectuals, experts and their left-wing political allies -- arrogated to themselves the right to rule either in the name of the oppressed working class (communism) or, in its more benign form, by virtue of their superior expertise in achieving the highest social progress by means of state planning (socialism).
Two decades ago, however, socialism and communism died rudely, then were buried forever by the empirical demonstration of the superiority of market capitalism everywhere from Thatcher's England to Deng's China, where just the partial abolition of socialism lifted more people out of poverty more rapidly than ever in human history.
Just as the ash heap of history beckoned, the intellectual left was handed the ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Now the experts will regulate your life not in the name of the proletariat or Fabian socialism but -- even better -- in the name of Earth itself.
I think that just about sums it all up. It is endlessly fascinating and dismaying to me that so many people seem to want to be controlled.
After 35 years of constant brain washing by their teachers, the MSM, left-wing pols, music/movie stars, etc., combined with a total lack of training in reason and science, you expected otherwise? Added to that is the present demonization of anyone who questions the junk science and data manipulation (Hansen, GISS, etc.) of the AWG high priests, the fawning coverage of the various "green" organizations (NRDC, et al) and the lure of power to the demorat fellow travelers and this is what you get.
In England some of the most verbal supporters of the old soviet union etc are now green supporters of Islam...big surprise for some but for the rest of us its business as usual...the struggle against the enemy within just moves on to a new battleground.
Bad popes are interchangeable. One wears a pointy red hat, the next a pointy green one. Their ability to call believers into action is all that remains constant.
We've noted this for a long time, but what to do about it? Granted, the pendulum swings from the left to the right, but the axis upon which it swings is itself moving, and I daresay, not in a direction freedom-lovers much like.