Changing liberalism: I predicted this in 2007
Here is something I wrote in December 2007, which was before Obama even won the Democratic nomination to run for President.
Traditional-liberalism, egalitarian-liberalism, and new-age-liberalism
People spend a lot of time talking about paleoconservatism and neoconservatism, and I’m not sure I really understand the difference, but I think that liberals also need to be divided into distinct movements. I can’t use the term “neoliberalism” because there’s a Wikipedia article describing an entirely theoretical concept called “neoliberalism,” so I will call it new-age-liberalism.
In fact, liberalism can be divided into three distinct movements: traditional-liberalism, egalitarian-liberalism, and new-age-liberalism.
Traditional-liberalism is the liberalism of FDR. Unions, social security, unemployment insurance, 40-hour workweeks, are examples of policies championed by the traditional liberals. It’s heavily based on populism, and championing the rights of the poor over the rich. As such, it has the closest ties to communism, which is an extreme example of traditional-liberalism.
Egalitarian-liberalism was the next major movement of liberalism. Egalitarian-liberalism moved beyond the rich vs. poor principles of traditional-liberalism which was rooted in Marxism, and recognizes that there are many other inequities that need to be righted, the most important inequities being racial (with of course the white race being the privileged race and the darker races being the underprivileged races), gender (with the male gender being privileged in comparison to the female gender), sexual orientation (the heterosexual is privileged in comparison to the homosexual), religion (Christianity is privileged in comparison to Islam, Judaism, or atheism), and nations (the U.S. is privileged in comparison to undeveloped nations).
The final movement of liberalism is new-age-liberalism, and it takes egalitarian-liberalism to the next level. Egalitarian-liberalism is only concerned with humans being underprivileged compared to other humans. New-age liberalism concerns itself with humans being privileged over non-humans. New-age-liberalism champions the rights of animals over humans (and thus promoted vegetarianism), plants over humans (thus is against chopping down forests to make way for development), the atmosphere over humans (thus against global warming), and indigenous cultures (not an issue of underprivileged humans, but rather the unnatural culture of modern humanity vs. the purity of pre-civilized culture). New-age-liberals are against obesity because fat people are eating excess animals and plants, thus causing unnecessary harm to non-humans.
The Democratic Party is where all these liberals gather together, but it’s an uncomfortable alliance because the poor Democrats (the traditional Democratic base) are concerned mostly with traditional liberalism and egalitarian liberalism only to the extent that they benefit from it (thus black Democrats care about black-white egalitarianism, but care little about helping homosexuals or poor nations), while the rich Democrats are mostly concerned with new-age-liberalism and the more abstract egalitarian-liberalism issues.
Luxury “green” hotels are the ultimate example of new-age-liberalism totally divorced from traditional-liberal roots. The rich new-age-liberal traveler who stays at the “green” luxury hotel feels no shame in having armies of poor people serve him, so long as the soap is organic and there are no plastic cups.
Pretty prescient, isn’t it? Nobody believed me back then, but the roots of President-elect Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton can be attributed to the abandonment of traditional-liberalism by liberals and by the Democratic Party (which is controlled by liberals), resulting in the abandonment of its traditional white blue-collar base to a politician, in this case Trump, who saw the opening and courted them.
In fact, I would say that the white working class, who were once seen as the victims of capitalism, are today seen as privileged on account of being white, and owe their problems to their own stupidity and laziness in not doing the right things such as going to college.