I come out of the Left.
I was even Green Party for a little while, back in the day. But now I am just disgusted at the dregs of the Movement. It used to be that the American Left stood for creativity, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and anti-racism.
Not any more.
Today the American Left is culturally like nothing so much as the old Republican Party from the 1950s and the 1960s. That is, they are boring, stodgy, old schoolmarms who want nothing so much as to rap you on the knuckles with a 12-inch wooden ruler.
In the 1960s young college leftists despised "in loco parentis" wherein the universities took over the role of the parent thus enforcing curfews, particularly for female dorms and sororities. But students and the counter-culture wanted nothing so much as their freedom.
They were, in fact, social libertarians.
Today, however, the universities -- with the eager enthusiasm of the student body -- has brought back "in loco parentis" with a vengeance. You can literally drag some 19-year-old kid before the University Board of Self-Righteous Indignation for blinking at a young woman the wrong way.
And this is why some, like Dave Rubin, call the "progressive-left" the "regressive-left." It is going backwards culturally. In the name of anti-fascism, it gives us fascism. In the name of anti-racism, it gives us racism.
Were Abbie Hoffman alive today he would never stop throwing up.