How long until the Left wake up? The answer is: NEVER.
The Left will never wake up to reality for precisely the reason that Leftism is a mental system of excuses and psychological tricks and traps meant to allow the Leftist to escape from reality.
That is what all their rigmarole, jabberwocky, lies and evasions, all their complex obfuscations, and penning endless tomes of endless nonsense from Marx to Keynes to Al Gore, all their riots, marches, protests, sit-ins, think-tanks, media moguls, money laundering, awards shows, convulsions, antics, stunts, clamor, libel, slander, and cacophony is for: Reality avoidance.
That is all that it is for.
It was not always thus. Perhaps a generation ago, there were Leftists who joined the Democrat Party for what were political reasons, to promote labor unions, impose regulation on banks and businesses in response to some threat, real or imaginary, posed by the free market, or to encourage the welfare state to help the poor.
Perhaps two generations ago, there were real Marxists who really believed that socialism was more efficient and more productive of human wealth than the free market. But after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, no honest person can maintain that socialism is more efficient at encouraging wealth and creating and distributing goods and services than a free market.
All socialism produces are mounds of corpses in mass graves, and gulag-states surrounded by barbed wire, with all guns pointed inward.
Even Bill Clinton, a weasel without an honest bone in his body, announced the era of big government to be over, and took the first step to dismantling the American version of Marxism, Johnson’s Great Society. If he saw socialism as a failure, anyone can see it.
And so the criticism changed strategy. In the shadow of the Holocaust of Jews by the Nazis, where Nazism became the synonym for evil in a world which has ceased to speak of the Devil, racism was identified as the main scourge and flaw of the West, and attempts to eradicate racism by means of embracing multiculturalism became the norm.
This is ironic. Tribalism, racism, and the presumed superiority of one’s own bloodline over any foreigners is the norm of human existence, and only the Christian religion gives anyone any reason to condemn it. Here in the West and here alone is anyone even concerned at calling it evil or trying to eliminate it. It would be like the West trying to wipe out polygamy, when we are the only ones whose culture rejects polygamy. No one else sees it as wrong.
Be that as it may. Multiculturalism is not a doctrine, it is an attitude: the attitude is to praise inferior and savage societies in any ways in which they differ from Christendom, and to blame, scold, vilify and upbraid Christendom for any ways in which we differ from Utopia. It is the attitude of a nagging wife unwilling to divorce a hard-working husband and provider she hates and loathes. Multiculturalism is nagging.
The nagging is based on the idea that all cultures are equal, and all equally provide for human liberty and human happiness. Skyscraper and yurt: the same. Cathedral and igloo: the same. Wright Brothers and the Cargo Cult of Melanesia: the same. American cosmetics industry and pre-Western Chinese practice of breaking the bones in baby girls’ feet for footbinding: the same. Western abolition of slavery and Hindu caste system: the same. Medical Doctors and Witch-Doctors: the same. Scientific agriculture and Maori cannibalism: the same. Progress and stagnation: the same. Christian martyr and Muslim suicide bomber: the same. Jesus and Mohammed: the same.
See how it works?
The Christian West, with our industrial and scientific revolutions (the byproduct of our Christian metaphysics, university system and Christian individualism) not to mention our legal and juridical advances are held by hypothesis not to have made any particular advances in human liberty and happiness.
Any use of discriminatory judgment between the cultures of, say, the British Empire and he Aztec Empire is the product of bigotry, bias, or race-hatred.
After 9/11, it became clear that not all cultures equally provide for human liberty and happiness. Indeed, it is clear enough to any honest observer that come cultures are productive of vast misery and vast oppression, especially oppression of women, of children, of the weak and helpless. The growing slave trade in underage boys used as catamites by the Muslim is a clear enough sign of this, as well as the rape statistics that follow Muslim migrants entering Europe.
In recent years, with the cult of multiculturalism dead, and Marxism rightfully tossed into the crematorium of dead yet stupid ideas, the only thing left for the Left to do was to break all ties with honesty.
Political Correctness has its roots in Stalinism, and is as old as Marx himself, as old as the first lie every told by a snake in Eden. But since 9/11, with both their idols of multiculturalism and socialism smashed, the press and the Left generally expelled their less extreme elements from their midst, or shamed them into silence, and embraced falsehood as the source and summit of all good.
This is what I call ‘the Unreality Principle’ which is the principle that a lie is better than the truth because to lie and to believe a lie proves one’s loyalty. To lie and believe lies is morally superior than to tell and believe the truth, and the more outrageous the lie, the greater the moral superiority one can award oneself.
(Note: This is how you do Dialectic. Wright wrote here to instruct, which is the core of Dialectical discourse. The best part is that every claim made here is verifiable, if you are willing to put in some work to do it yourself. Some would cry foul over the lack of links to supporting claims, or a lack of footnotes; that's for academic publishing, not blogging, and is a clear Rhetorical counter-attack meant to start a disqualification circle-jerk. Now, on with it.)
John C. Wright explains here the psychological pillar upon which the current regime of Narrative Warfare arose and grew into the cancerous thing it is now. All the blatant denial and defiance of Natural Law, all the virtue-signalling, all of the doubling-down as well as the projection- this is its foundation. It's the same source of Vox's Three Laws of Social Justice Warriors.
This is why they do what they do, because when left bare before the forces of the cosmos they fold faster than Superman on laundry day; they are spoiled children demanding that Great Father Government make the bad things that make them feel bad go away, when they should be punished by being forced to confront these cosmic forces (as their predecessors did) instead.
What Mr. Wright briefly showed (because it wasn't relevant to his point) is that this insanity is not new. The anecdote about previous manifestations in China's past shows that this is not a new problem, but a persistently recurring one; it just takes new forms now and again, usually after a previous one's collapse sometime just outside of living memory. The remedy remains the same: abide by Natural Law, and the problem withers and dies in the face of its own impotence. This, I say, is what "law-abiding" really means.
Therefore, to seek and hold power one must wage permanent Narrative Warfare so that the lies keep coming (and changing) faster than the truth destroys them. This is, in reality, nothing more than futility; at best it buys time for some to escape the consequences of their fraud before its full impact hits--rats fleeing a sinking ship--and often it just delays the inevitable.
We are now in a time of revealing, and the big reveal is that a lot of the current log of lies (and liars) are about to get cut down by a force greater than any that Man commands- again. Nature always wins, God will not be mocked, and the truth always escapes the thieves who try to steal it.