Think of this as Volume 18, Number 24 of the newsletter I have written weekly since March, 1997. Enjoy.
Every move to give poor people a break isn't socialism. Every effort to liberate capital isn't fascism. Every expansion of the First Amendment doesn't necessarily mean anarchy, or a religious dictatorship.
But that's the way it's portrayed, in our media, by our politicians, and in our online forums.
This is particularly true on the right today, and as I've said it is for good reason. When your worldview blows up in your face, the first instinct is to become more strident, not less. This was true for Democrats after they lost in 1968, and again after 1980. It takes time to accept change you didn't make, to say “yeah but” to it, to align with others in order to regain some semblance of power, until the other side collapses in its turn.