Society has completed a complete flip-flop from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The socialist left is now the Establishment, the libertarian-conservative right are the counter-culture.
Gone is the old-time deference to the establishment, the demand to respect your elders and the local police, the maudlin regret for the loss of old-world virtues. Now we are watching the emergence of a genuine counterculture radicalism among the right, an ethos that reflects the alienation of the New Left.
What’s changed and made this possible? Obama is an obvious first-level answer. As the hero of what remains of the organized left in this country, Obama embodies the worst of the establishment, a defender of the state in all its manifestations, including its military branch, its surveillance power, and its non-stop attack on free enterprise.
This has led to a reassessment of the old models among what remains among the conservative leadership. There is no desire to conserve the top-down model of political organization. In a country where the regime surveils, jails with impunity, wrecks foreign countries, grabs guns, uses the tax state for feeding oppressive bureaucracies, and so on, what could possibly be the point of conserving anything of the old governing establishment?
Read the whole ding-dang thing: Jeffrey Tucker – Is the Right the New Left?
So, I am firmly part of the anti-Establishment counterculture now, and all the lefties are the squares. Groovy, Daddy-O. And this time, no one will be telling us to “get a job,” though; all of us are working or want to be. It’s the Democrat base — the shock troops of the FSA — that live off welfare and trust funds.