There is little that remains to be said. We've seen the political pendulum swing side to side over the past few years. One populist surge gave way to another and in its wake we will ultimately find that little has changed.
Ideologues of all stripes will tell you that they have found the right of it. They'll tell you with eyes burning with certainty that they know best how to order the world and that you're lesser if you don't agree with them.
But since our country's founding there has been one immutable truth. It is a truth that has spanned all of human existence, despite all of our vain struggles for peace, security, and yes, even power. We somehow believe that we can set up structures of governance that are balanced and provide a basis on which society is properly organized. But that which is created by flawed humans will always be flawed, and will be beset by all the same selfish proclivities. Chief among those is the desire for self preservation. Government persists and grows because it is made up of humans. Self preservation tendencies extent to human creations.
The chart below is one of the most devious and pervasive attempts at setting up a false dichotomy.
This is the real political spectrum:
The political spectrum is actually binary. It is either coercion, or the total absence of coercion. It is force, or the absence of force. Remember this statement if you remember nothing else I've ever typed: To govern is to exert force. More force equals less freedom.
In our endeavors, we must be able to see things for what they are. We must be able to identify coercion for what it is. We have to understand that the auspices under which we order society a certain way today can be used to reorder society differently tomorrow. It is our predilection to lament certain behaviors and say "there ought to be a law". But what we're really asking is that someone be coerced to comply. That compliance comes about via the full force of government.
Eventually we end up with a country where it is nearly impossible to avoid breaking a law. This is where we nearly are today. This has come about because the "left" and "right" seek punitive measures against one another. This cycle never seems to end, and the result of this is fewer rights at the end of the day.
Each of us must recognize the true meaning and spirit of tolerance. Tolerance requires full recognition that freedom can often be a disorderly proposition. We must recognize that at times, things might seem unfair or unjustified. We may warmly regard equality of opportunity while lamenting the inequality of outcome. But with true freedom comes opportunity for success...and failure.
Accepting this is akin to accepting both the sinner and the sin. Being able to say something is wrong and leaving it at that, without calling for government coercion, is something many people are simply unable to do. They see government as an agent of order and propriety. In reality, government is nothing more than a loose confederation for the purpose of solving a collective action problems when outside threats appear. The rest of the time, government is a threat to all those who are subject to it.
Until we all recognize the false dichotomy of "left" and "right" and recognize them as two difference sides of the same authoritarian coin, we will continue to see freedom erode. Freedom will fade until the system no longer provides recourse. Such is the human condition. Or is it? In the years that come, the question will be answered once and for all.