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MacIntyre: How the neocon cycle inevitably moves conservatism to the left

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I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me. Ronald Reagan’s famous turn of phrase has been adopted by many who find themselves suddenly and inexplicably identified as right-wing. We like to think that the current explosion of wokeness that has forced many moderate liberals out of the Democratic Party is a unique phenomenon, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

Every generation, the radical acceleration of the left forces it to shed a certain percentage of liberals who are not willing to adopt the newest progressive dogma, and due to the binary nature of the American political landscape, those individuals inevitably find themselves identified with the conservative movement. The discarded revolutionaries are often bewildered by their sudden ejection from the movement they identified with for most of their lives and are slow to embrace their new allies.

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