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I had always thought that Conservatives were stupid, and Liberals were evil; and our chances were probably better if we were governed by stupid people than by evil people.
What I failed to consider is that each generation is stupider than the previous one, and that sooner or later the general level of stupidity would cross a line at which it would become dangerous.
I think that we crossed that line approximately in the millennium year. I haven't made up a fact sheet on this but if you think it through, it does seem to explain a lot of things.
Incidentally, not to shortchange the accomplishments of Liberals, the general level of malice in society appears to be increasing as well.