This is the point where we need to take a step back and realize that the whole political taxonomy has failed. A very clear characteristic of paradigm shift requiring foundational concepts, e.g., liberal, conservative, democratic to be redefined. While this is a very good article passionately poking at the wound many others are doing this also. The whole damn thing is already at the level of primal confusion. Our political language’s conceptual categories are shifting driven by forces that were human initiated but that have escaped our control. In fear we keep shouting words that we know don’t seem to mean what they did but they were the structural frame of our culture. And I use culture, not society, very specifically. We all study, analyze and criticize societies but culture is who we are. Hence the pain and growing panic.
As we realize the meanings of these foundation words have come so loose that they can be found anywhere we will probably need to abandon them. These words, definitely the capitalized versions and probably the conceptual ones, too, will need to be abandoned. I’ve come to think that we aren’t allowed, under the rules of this game, to just create new concepts and words. That’s beyond our means. The Bolsheviks proved that although it took seventy years. We need to find the new concepts by repurposing old ideas. These foundation words need centuries of meanings so they are rich enough to grow. It’s like moving house. Damn, that’s what I’ve been looking for! It was behind the couch the whole time!