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Charles Krauthammer wrote a column last week that deserves more attention.

He said, “the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation – no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.

“The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences – from social ostracism to vocational defenestration – upon those who refuse to be silenced.”

I agree with all of his stunning recent examples – the demands that anyone questioning global warming be silenced, the shocking absurdity of Mozilla firing its chief executive officer because he gave a contribution to California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, how opposing abortion is to declare war on women, how supporting the free exercise of religion is akin to bigotry, and so on.

“Long a staple of academia, the totalitarian impulse is spreading,” wrote Krauthammer. “What to do? Defend the dissenters, even if – perhaps, especially if – you disagree with their policy. It is – it was? – the American way.” I agree with that, too.

But I disagree with Krauthammer on one very important point: While this ideological virus is spreading like an epidemic, it is not a new illness for the left.

And this is important to understand.

There is much historical precedent behind us.

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It has wreaked havoc on the world whenever it has spread, but it has always been part of the left’s identity. That’s why we have the term “political correctness” – unabashedly coined way back in the late 1960s, when I was taken in by the left.

I swam in that cesspool. I understand it. I drank deeply of the Kool-Aid. I know how this works and why it is such an effective weapon of intimidation and coercion.

America has permitted multiple generations to be indoctrinated into this venomous, anti-American and anti-liberty ideology. We’ve done it since the 1960s when young people were encouraged to shut down the universities they were privileged to attend to force their views on others.

Academia is a breeding ground for this kind of mob rule akin to what was experienced in the French Revolution and Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

Ultimately, it not only spells the end of freedom. It spells death on a massive scale.

We may not be there yet in America, but I don’t believe it’s as far away as most think.

America is very near the cliff that represents liberty’s destruction – from which there is no easy return.

Don’t believe this is just a passing phase – something new under the sun.

It’s not at all.

It’s a necessity to achieve a totalitarian state. It means redefining right and wrong. Adolf Hitler did it. Josef Stalin did it. Pol Pot did it. So did the Democratic Republic of North Korea, which has never recovered from it.

Is it wrong to compare the soft left in the U.S. to these tyrants and tyrannies?

If we fail to see the patterns and similarities, we are doomed to suffer the same fate.

It’s just that simple.

I want to thank Krauthammer for so eloquently observing and analyzing the state of the America left. But I want to caution those who believe there can be a left that does not act this way.

That would indeed be something new under the sun.

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