It’s long past time for conservative folks to wake up. Today’s great threat to capitalist prosperity, personal liberty and constitutional government as we have known it is not Marxism, socialism or any other variant of traditional left-wing ideology.
Those misbegotten creeds might be as popular as ever in the sociology and gender studies departments of academia. But as our Harvard professor of more than 50 years ago, Louis Hartz, argued in the Liberal Tradition In America, European-style socialism never took root in everyday America. That’s because the new society imbued with Lockean individualism which emerged on an empty continent was not barnacled with the old world’s residue of feudalism and rigid social classes.
Still, just because America was fortunate enough to duck the bullet of European labor socialism during the late 19th and early 20th century industrial era does not mean that the scourge of collectivism was permanently avoided.