Contemporary leftism is Gramscian in form, but Marcusean in substance. That is, it uses its advancing control over the traditional institutions of society to repress those people most loyal to traditional social institutions as such. Intentionally "moderate," anodyne language is employed by those in positions of power, but a progressive's moderation is always contingent upon bare political necessity, progressivism having no logical stopping point. As I have said before, one of the most vexing characteristics of a rank-and-file progressive is his willingness to accept and regurgitate these lies until such time as they are no longer politically necessary, and failing even to acknowledge that this has taken place.
To take a mundane recent example, he believes on Tuesday that Barack Obama is furious about what happened at the IRS, trusting in his sincerity when he says that all Americans should be outraged, but he believes on Wednesday that the agency was guilty of nothing more than "bad customer service" and that nothing of especial political importance happened. Because we all know how furious American Presidents tend to get about the bad service and "flawed processes" of federal bureaucracies. How many angry press conferences did Bill Clinton have on the terrible service rendered by the Department of Energy? I would estimate at least fifty, but I could be mistaken. Perhaps others could correct my recollection.
Perhaps in no area of American politics is the left's bad faith with respect to ultimate motives more obvious than in the debate over gun control (or, if you please, the debate over whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution contains any serious, enforceable content). The reasons not to trust the left on this issue are legion, beginning with the fact that they generally have no idea what they're talking about, and routinely make fools of themselves. For the purposes of a short blog post, though, it should suffice to say that when liberal elementary school administrators are engaging in a dress rehearsal for confiscation of firearms, complete with photographs and fingerprints--and doing so with the openly expressed purpose of indoctrinating children and acculturating them to the confiscation of guns as good and necessary--then their protestations of "reasonable" limited goals, which were already thin and implausible, become actually hilarious. (It is fitting that the lure on offer to the children at the school is a raffle ticket for Some Free Stuff.)
Now, this is only one administrator, but of course stories about anti-gun hysteria are in no short supply nowadays, nor are instances of leftist politicians broaching the possibility of gun confiscation. The basic point here comes with a hat tip to Randian blogger Billy Beck--that the fatal defect of the republican form of government is that it cannot stand the realization by evil men that democracy is a natural market for lies.