- Some things need to be done communally.
There are things that can exist only at the scale of society as a whole. The mass society with its mass production and mass distribution goes beyond the individual. This comes into play in regions of all scales with the region in question having people and goods circulating through it on roadways and waterways. On the privately used plots of land, the inhabitants therein must all use the roadways and waterways to go to and fro and acquire goods and services. Such all must use the roadways and waterways and the roadways and waterways must be maintained and since they are intertwined in a grid through the region, they form a monopoly. Either this monopoly is owned by a private party rendering the region’s people into a captive market or the region’s people must own the roadways and waterways collectively.
- The Left draws on the need of the individual, as a vulnerable entity, for strong support institutions.
For the individual in all his littleness, his dependence on the mass society with its mass production and distribution renders him vulnerable. The time between the acquisition of one job and the acquisition of another job is a time in which the unemployed individual is unable to support himself, especially if he had not acquired much money for his last job in the same time. Sometimes unemployment becomes extended because of an individual’s lack of skill for available jobs. It is also the case that acquiring another home can be difficult without an income. Furthermore medical bills can be overwhelming again when the patient has little to no income. All this can be exacerbated by the economic devastation brought about the boom and bust cycle, by outsourcing or by shifts in market demand due to changing tastes and technology.
- Inequality is frustrating. It is both imposed and inherent. In particular, it is striking for the detached observer how much inequality is inherent.
People are inherently unequal but they like to think they should be equal. There are many ways in which people are unequal. Important facets of who people are—their strength, their hard work, their courage, their honesty, their loyalty, their intelligence, their talent, their skills in various tasks—all these are distributed unequally.
- Yet an admission that people are unequal will not be forthcoming considering how bad the imposition of officially declared inequality can be—to the point that the lower-class people are subject to extreme poverty and abuse, sometimes to the point of death itself.
The deciding point of whether a society will have its elite opposed to by a vigorous Left is the point of crisis. With disillusionment in the existence of justice in the formation of society’s social hierarchy firmly entrenched, the common people know, as if by instinct, that if they do not object to abuses, more will be forthcoming. They know that if the oppression goes on, they will be starved out and abused in other ways based on the capricious whims of authorities that know and care nothing of them. Thus, they realize that at some point, it is necessary to resist and the organizing cry of the resistance will be it is only fair to treat all equally and henceforth all will be treated equally because all truly are equal.
- Yet if people want to fight inequality, they must be organized.
The common citizenry now find that the injustice of the hierarchical society—their vulnerability to unemployment, sickness, injury, even the undignified treatment of their corpses, when they dies, can only be addressed by a new society within the shell of the old one based on the solidarity of equals. Thus, it is so that if they want support when unemployed, it is best to lean on friends and family. As people go in and out of unemployment, the workers being friends and family network. An institution—a craft/trade union—forms to organize the network, building funds for insurance—life insurance, medical insurance and unemployment insurance. With solidarity a given, the next step was often militant class struggle—the aggressive use of numbers in strikes, pickets, boycotts and media campaigns to force the boss to provide a decent wage to his workers. This class consciousness was tapped into by socialist parties whose cadres, often middle-class radical intellectuals, recruited the militant union workers as a base.
- For those seeking to finance the goals of their organization and its personnel, the accumulation of State power—sovereignty—can be an idée fixe and raison d'être for a support organization.
The State is the great creature of the modern age. It has gargantuan wealth and gargantuan power. The socialist vision: a well-funded authoritative collectivized society that is constructed by working-class militancy demands that the Left seek to absorb the State—thereafter anyone posing obstacles to the cause would be ruthlessly mopped up, especially when the Left was firmly entrenched as the master of the State.
- Internationally, national governments coalesce into “revolutionary” and “counter-revolutionary/reactionary” alliances/coalitions.
Once the socialist revolution captures one nation and spreads out beyond that one nation, an international revolutionary socialist fraternity forms with the socialists in power seeking to empower the socialists out of power. The established powers banded together in a counter-revolutionary/reactionary self-defense. This threat then tightly binds the international revolutionary socialist fraternity to fend off reprisals.
- People fear being dragged down into the backwardness of a primitive past.
The promise of socialist revolution is that the ignorance, prejudice, repression and poverty of a corrupt, unenlightened old order would be swept away. All that the Left’s supporters despise is amplified when facing an enemy that they seek to defeat and that they associate with everyone and everything despicable about the targeted old order. This then ties in the war between the revolutionary coalition and the counter-revolutionary/reactionary coalition.
- The Left is embedded in official institutions.
After centuries of class struggle, now the Left is the Establishment. Controlling state monies, corporate monies and non-profit monies, it feeds much of these monies into organizations of protestors, rioters, propagandists and politicians supporting the cause of a collectivized, Left-controlled society.
- The Left provides a good pretext to centralize society.
Quite frankly, Leftists in power like others in power tend to wish to remain in power. If they can convince the people that it is necessary to hold things in common, to organize the people around a common cause and that deviation from the common cause and hoarding of private property are selfish, greedy and unethical, then the hoarding of power, prestige and wealth by the State the Left controls is then guaranteed.