Hangers-on, by Mark Latham.

It goes by the name of elitism. Having formed a new ruling class in Australia, Lefties quite like the idea of hooking up with the best of British pomposity. …

Dennis Altman from La Trobe University has also come out of the closet (so to speak). He’s a four-decade doyen of the Australian gay-Left community. I was stunned to read of his constitutional conversion – fluidity at work, I suppose.

Altman now sees ‘our constitutional arrangements… (as) a check on the egomania of politicians who are not sheltered from the real world to the same extent as are royalty’. Yes, you read that right. This long-term Leftist academic regards remoteness from the people as a democratic virtue. The best form of government is to avoid the voters.

This tells you everything you need to know on where these people have got to in their thinking. ‘Progressivism’ is now as elitist as any of the feudal and monarchical systems it sought to replace.

In his ending to Animal Farm, George Orwell described how the pigs stood upright and moved into the farmhouse. In the book’s last line he wrote of how, ‘The creatures outside (the house) looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again, but already it was impossible to say which was which.’

This is a familiar pattern with the Left. In the old Soviet Union, which Orwell was critiquing, the workers’ revolution created a new totalitarian state. The current era of political correctness has also been dominated by Leftist repression.

Instead of socialising the means of production, cultural Marxists are trying to socialise the means of personal expression and belief. Through language control, they want everyone else to speak and think like them.

Over time, the Left has become comfortable with the elitism to which they once objected. Lifelong republicans have become monarchists. Intellectual snobs like Altman and Watson have embraced the snobbery of the British class system.

Having grown arrogant and out-of-touch with suburban and regional Australia, ‘progressives’ now find themselves cheering on a system of hereditary entitlement. The oppressed have become the oppressors.

New boss, same as the old boss.

hat-tip Stephen Neil