What happened?

Camille Paglia is deeply displeased with her own Democratic Party:

How has “liberty” become the inspirational code word of conservatives rather than liberals? (A prominent example is radio host Mark Levin’s book “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto,” which was No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three months without receiving major reviews, including in the Times.) I always thought that the Democratic Party is the freedom party — but I must be living in the nostalgic past….

But affluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why? Is it because the new professional class is a glossy product of generically institutionalized learning? Independent thought and logical analysis of argument are no longer taught. Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it’s invisible. The top schools, from the Ivy League on down, promote “critical thinking,” which sounds good but is in fact just a style of rote regurgitation of hackneyed approved terms (“racism, sexism, homophobia”) when confronted with any social issue.

It’s nice to see a genuine 60s liberal noticing that today’s Democrats are the very slavish servants of the authoritarian State they claimed to oppose back then. Of course, the Republican Party isn’t much better and La Paglia doesn’t hesitate to point that out.

Supporting one of the two major parties these days is more akin to cheering for a sports team. All you’re doing is declaring which group of self-serving thieves you wish to benefit by allowing them to make your decisions for you.