For awhile it was fun to go to Progressive websites and stir the statist pot with talk of limits on government power and free markets, but now it's getting creepy. The degree to which much of the Left has accepted a fascist type of statism is troubling -- it's beginning to border on totalitarianism. I'm not sure if it's a result of brainwashing, or if there's a need to be taken care of by a State that has replaced the Christian God. Maybe people need the comfort of a powerful entity which can trump the unpredictability of the market -- as more and more people are told that competition in the job market is unfair and based on advantages which can't be overcome, they see themselves as victims and the market as evil.
Many Americans have grown up in an anti-capitalist environment that offers the possibility of existing outside the labor force, a world in which the political is primary, and government arrangements can use and control capitalism to support those who choose alternate lifestyles to the workaday world in the private realm. More and more people are outside the labor force, disdainful of the market, and fewer people are paying for the cost of government programs which support these people. We appear to be in a transitional period in which we have to throw off the parasites intent on expanding the welfare state to create options to working for a living. Under the guise of caring for the poor and the downtrodden, progressives are capitalizing on the welfare state to expand government benefits to make it possible to live fairly comfortable without a job, or to secure a government job in which competition doesn't factor in and performance is not important. Of course this can't continue -- Greece is an example, if we need one. But we don't need an example, because common economic sense tells us it won't work.