The only thing that I would add to this Craige McMillan column is that the "liberals" are members of the Progressive movement that are following the philosophy of Hegel:
A recent letter in The Economist contained a very telling phrase. It was all the more so because the letter spans Russia and England in its concerns:
"For the majority of Russians, Mr. Khodorkovsky continues to personify the excesses of 1990s capitalism, when the dubious activities of the few exacerbated the misery of millions. To understand the depth of such animosity look no further than the anger presently directed towards bankers such as Sir Fred Goodwin, Royal Bank of Scotland's former boss. Rightly or wrongly, such figures come to represent everything that was wrong with the former system. ..."
The important words are: "former system."
Aside from the egregious error of mistaking capitalism for the national criminal syndicate that emerged in Russia under "Mad Vlad" Putin's pay-to-play government, the letter writer makes two flawed assumptions. The first is that capitalism is now a "former" economic system (he does not elaborate what the current system might be). The second – and key misassumption – is that the problems that emerged under capitalism were due to flaws in the capitalist "system."
The left's underlying problem – in the end, the only one that matters – is their flawed view of humankind. Liberals view humanity as a collection of little toy robots. In the liberal mind, all that is necessary is that humanity be placed in the correct "system" to march in joyous harmony to the state's tune. Stalin and Mao both tried. Combined, they murdered over 60 million of their own citizens to create the "joyous harmony" of the communist system, worshiped by today's left.
In the leftist mind, there is no God, there is no heaven, and there is no hell. As a consequence, there is nothing larger than humankind. Thus we are entirely governed, each by our own self-interest. Liberals believe that it is impossible an individual will act outside of their own self-interest, in support of a larger cause. Mankind is therefore meldable in support of the liberal view of history.
But if history shows anything, it shows that man is not meldable. The early Greek comic and tragic writings demonstrate the same human frailties we see in such abundance today: Lust, anger, envy, greed, pride and a desire to rule over others.
These are not the issues that little robots struggle with. But they are the issues that men and women struggle with every day of their lives. Wishing it were otherwise, and acting as if it were so, ensures only disaster.
This is why the left can never solve mankind's problems. Liberals have a flawed view of humanity. Their fantastically expensive and freedom-robbing statist "systems" are created to rule robots and doomed to failure when governing humanity.