the political spectrum even shifting an inch to the left results in these headlines.
history repeats itself: “The Truman administration, however, presented the Soviet
Union as not just a rival but an immediate threat. In a series of moves
abroad and at home, it established a climate of fear–a hysteria about
Communism–which would steeply escalate the military budget and stimulate
the economy with war-related orders. This combination of policies would
permit more aggressive actions abroad, more repressive actions at home… The left had become very influential in the hard times of the thirties,
and during the war against Fascism. The actual membership of the Communist
party was not large-fewer than 100,000 probably-but it was a potent force
in trade unions numbering millions of members, in the arts, and among countless
Americans who may have been led by the failure of the capitalist system
in the thirties to look favorably on Communism and Socialism. Thus, if
the Establishment, after World War 2, was to make capitalism more secure
in the country, and to build a consensus of support for the American Empire,
it had to weaken and isolate the left.” – Howard Zinn
for neoliberals, the democratic party being asked to shift even an inch to the left is too much. their fight against the left has always been about stopping legislation and policies that would ensure things like single-payer healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and ending corporate donations. neoliberals would rather embrace fascism than anything that’s even associated with socialism.