We know the MSM/old media is in the tank for this new power structure which is politically correct, but the political correctness of the new gang has attracted the new media as well. High-brow conservatives and left-leaning libertarians are joining the new liberals is supporting the status quo, as many of their blogs reveal. Oh, the haughty conservatives and leftertarians will politely disagree with the Democrat rule from time to time to gain street-cred for their radical independence, but just look at Reason Magazine and you'll see the soft libertarianism which knows where their line is properly drawn and stays within it. Reason will rail at the margins over certain liberty violations but the cases they choose are becoming more and more obscure and inconsequential. The patronizing conservatives who're forming a coalition of correctness and showing a little flirtatious leg to the power structure spend much more time descibing Beck as a babbling jester and Limbaugh as the Idiot King of The Unwashed than they do expressing outrage over the biggest power grab in our history.
The New Foundation is made up of a Rawlsian consensus, sans ideology, which soft-pedals (maybe not so soft, now) statism and applies pragmatism to mask a lack of vision, an acceptance of less-than-excellence in favor of best practices and procedures which are the blueprints for the new structure -- if you're not in this power circle, you're stranded alone in true independence or associated with the yokels and rubes. This is a political game with a social emphasis --when the new gang ostracizes it can be lonely and painful. Identity is becoming more political and group-oriented -- iconoclasts and individuals are dinosaurs quickly becoming extinct, anti-social extremists who are anathema to unification and solidarity. The new and correct socio-political group rationalizes purpose as caregivers who care for the needy, road-builders, environmental saviors, protecters of research, gaurdians against raw capitalism, cosmopolitan ambassadors of goodwill, enlightened educators and keepers of the sanctitiy of equality -- they are reluctant regulators of the nation's economy, forced into position by Wall Street thieves, grubbers and hedonists.
Even Walter Shapiro, a "second-tier" speech writer for Carter, writes -- "To my ears, the New Foundation sounds clunky, mechanistic and devoid of poetry." Alan Wolfe writes, in The Future of Liberalism, and explains why -- that new liberalism should avoid "poetry" in favor of rational policy-making. Consensus building, building a New Foundation and changing the world through a unified effort is serious business and you're either a part of the effort or you're an obstructionist. Part of the new structure which will be built on the new foundation is a wall between liberal civilization and religious zealots on the right. Hatred of the religious right is an important aspect of the bond between conservative moderates, liberals and leftertarians. This is the area where tolerance doesn't apply.
No one resists government influence by right-wing zealots more than I resist this type of statism from the right, but no more so than the secular manifestation of statist religion on the left. The God of the State is no less scary than the imposed God of the religious right. We're being squeezed lifeless between two heavy influences of religious fervor utilizing the coercion of the state. The right has been marginalized, and the left is expanding its social club to the point of unlimited power. Those who feel left out because their principles won't allow social pressures to compromise core beliefs have no place to turn except resistance to statism. There is no political power available to people who resist political power -- there is only private sector power, the shrinking realm of freedom, where expression is being constantly limited.
How many individuals and iconoclasts are left to resist the juggernaut of power? I see them fall one by one as the new social club becomes more popular. The New Foundation is growing. All the mad poets of freedom are shunned, laughed at and dimissed as kooks and extremists. Oh, wouldn't a national blast of freedom be fun? Get out yer guitars, brothers and sisters, there's some folk singin' and protesting to be done.