Liberals, liberals everywhere, by Salvatore Babones.
The problem is that the US, UK and Australia all have political systems that squeeze three different political traditions — liberal, conservative, and progressive (or laborite) — into just two major parties. In the era of universal suffrage, liberals have never been numerous enough to win elections on their own. So they co-opt conservative and progressive parties instead. …
Liberalism was the first coherent, well-articulated political philosophy in the English-speaking world. Born out of the Parliamentary party of the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution of 1688, liberalism is the party of individual rights and the rule of law. Sociologically speaking, it is the house philosophy of the educated middle class. The professions — all professions — are chock-full of liberals. …
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the educated middle class professionals who run all of our political parties tend to be liberal. In Australia, the Liberal party rank and file may not have voted for gay marriage, but you can bet that most of its party staffers did. The Labor party may depend on unions for financial support, but its activists celebrate the multicultural immigration that puts its members out of work.
The challenge for the professional managers of both major parties is that most voters don’t share their priorities. So the liberal elites of the Labor party have to pretend to care about ordinary workers — while pushing through their agenda of free trade, multiculturalism, sexual liberation, and the increasing bureaucratisation of public life. Meanwhile the liberal elites of the Liberal party have to pretend to care about families and religion — while pushing through their agenda of free trade, multiculturalism, sexual liberation, and the increasing bureaucratisation of public life. Either way, the voters lose.
Hillary Clinton, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd belong to the same liberal club, in more ways than one. They’re all welcome at New York art openings and film premieres. They’re all highly respected among the kinds of people who are highly respected. And they’re all bitterly resented by ordinary voters in their own parties.
Liberals can never win an electoral majority on their own, so they muscle in on other people’s parties instead. The resulting dominance of liberal policy priorities has created a new kind of authoritarianism: the liberal authoritarianism of the professional class. It doesn’t matter much who you vote for these days. Either way, you’re electing the same bunch, and they don’t represent you. They represent the educated professionals who run political parties. In other words, they represent themselves.
Now also known as globalists, running the West via political correctness.