Because we all know of those dismal results, Leftist activists and politicians in entrenched democracies have to be morecareful. Expressing the full extent of their feelings and advocating revolution would simply marginalize them and theyknow that. So they have to find ways of undermining society in more subtle ways. And they are greatly aided in that bythe complex nature of modern society. Most people have only the vaguest notion of how society works so the Leftist politician can propose various changes that sound good but which will be disastrous in practice -- with "share and sharealike" being the classic example of that. And when the disasters unfold the committed Leftist cannot lose. He will get aninternal glow of satisfaction from the suffering and disruption unleashed on all those fools around him that he hates butwill be excused from blame because he "meant well".
What CAUSES Leftism?
So what motivates a Leftist to be so full of negative emotions toward the surrounding world? Many things. There is noone cause of Leftism. But there are nonethelesstwo major sources of Leftismand understanding them explains mostLeftist policies and positions. The first is the motivation most common among Leftist voters and the second is themotivation most common among Leftist leaders. It would be nice if we could identify just one sort of motivationcommon to all Leftists but, as with so many other things in life, reality is more complicated than that.And although the motivations of leaders and followers are in general very different, there is of course some overlap between the two. Some people who express their Leftism only at the ballot box are similarly motivated to Leftist leadersand some Leftist leaders are similarly motivated to Leftist voters.
So, to start with the average Leftist voter: It could be that the Leftist was born into a subset of society that is in generalhostile to the larger society. Miners are a common example of that. Mining towns were once bedrock Left-voting places.Why that was so is beyond the scope of what I want to say at the moment, however.And Left-voters may simply be upset that they personally are not getting a very good deal from society as it exists and begenerally critical of society for that reason.But the biggest category of Leftist voters by far would appear to be genuinely well intentioned but shortsighted peoplewho are strongly emotionally affected by suffering in others. They see other people who are not doing well in some wayand urgently want that fixed by whatever means it takes. They are angered by what they see as "injustice". And thatemotion dominates all else. And it is the strong negative emotions evoked by the surrounding society that unites these people with Leftists of other stripes.And that, I believe is how politics works: It is particularly the people who are especially sensitive to the suffering of others who make us all suffer, paradoxical though that may seem. Without their numerous votes, the destructive andirresponsible Leftist politicians would never gain power. And the converse of that is that a little bit of heartlessness can be desirable. Balance is needed in fellow-feeling, as in many other things.That the fellow feeling of the Leftist follower is unbalanced and immature can be seen from its sheer immediacy. Leftistscan rally (and did rally) to shield vicious muderers like"Tookie" Williams from the rightful consequences of their actions
because the Leftists concerned see only the immediate prospect of the offender's execution. That a failure to punishseverely the reprehensible deeds that people like Williams commit will excuse and encourage more such deeds by othersis just not within the tiny time-horizon of the Leftist. Any fellow-feeling for Tookie's innocuous but long-dead victimswas notable for its absence in the vigils designed to "save" Tookie.Another sort of immaturity that infests the Leftist's emotional life is the childish need to be looked after. How wonderfulit would be if the protective parents of one's childhood remained forever present, shielding one from all threats and providing all needs. The Leftist passionately wants that and fools himself into thinking that the state can fulfil that role. Itnever does, of course, but such Leftists just never grow up emotionally. They continue dreaming their childish dreams.