…My problem with many of the left, is that even they don’t seem to believe their nostrums work (has communism or socialism ever worked?), but that they obsess on them either out of some psychological need to virtue signal or, by rhetoric, square their circle of their own privilege and elitism.
As I age, I think leftism is more and more for the more furious and loud a psychological aberration, in which the more highly educated feel somehow they are not properly listened to, or are not compensated commensurately with their unappreciated genius or the many letters after their names, or sense that their lives have unfairly not ended up as they deserved given some long ago parental slight or childhood unfairness, or the price they paid for superior virtue in an unfair world of jet skiers and Winnebago owners, in which to the victors of capitalism, go the spoils.
So I sort of see many of the loud, obnoxious, and slanderous on the Left as troubled and frenzied in their pathological state rather than merely self-destructive and dangerous to others.
Victor Davis Hanson