The Collapse of the Center-Left in America

Two or ten years ago, depicting the execution of your own president in the U.S. and broadcasting that to the world was a super inappropriate thing to do, let alone openly inciting others to violence against his person or family. Even the extremists of those times never went that far. But all that’s changed now. “You can trace a line from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 through Black Lives Matter in 2013 through Bernie Sanders in 2016 through the Women’s March a year later, Tom Steyer’s and Maxine Waters’s impeachment campaigns, the growing prominence of Democratic Socialists of America, and the movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement today.”

But despite the insane furore in America, even a year and a half later, over the election of someone as unlikely as Donald Trump, the collapse of the Center-Left is not just or even primarily an American phenomenon. Have a look at this article by a Cambridge leftist about how throughout Europe the mainstream left is losing consistently for the first time since the Second World War. The moderate left, the democratic socialists or “soft socialists” who have been mostly in power since the late ’40s, are completely falling apart: losing adherents to the Far-Left and the Middle-Right. What’s the cause of this completely new, unprecedented, and unpredicted trend?

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