In fracturing countries, extremists tend to consume the moderates.
When the population and the various power-factions are generally satisfied with the course of things, moderation, or at least tolerance mixed with complaining, tends to do well.
When dissatisfaction is common, extremism finds the waters to be more hospitable than they were previously.
The left singularity accelerates when leftist factions flank one another from the left until the usual starvation and civil conflict follow.
Flanking maneuvers work so well on the human animal because our eyes are plopped on the flat fronts of our faces. We’re vulnerable from the back and the side. We can only focus on one or two things at a time. The mainstream left is mostly focused on keeping the mainstream right contained, and the mainstream right also performs that function, because it’s really just a mislabeled faction of the left.
While the focus of those factions is on training the Amerikaners in what is acceptable to say and believe, the same controlled opposition can be hit from the right. The easiest opening get this started is to demoralize the people who manufacture the American conservative identity group, and otherwise run interference on their attempts to keep right-leaning professionals and others in line.
Professionals are especially sensitive to events like the Brenden Eich purging, because it means that when they achieve their career ambitions, there’s a solid chance that they will lose much of what they’ve worked for in life owing to their anodyne associations with mainstream conservative opinion. If mainstream conservatives can’t even protect a prominent technical executive like Eich from being fired, they’re worse than useless and deserve no money or support.
They deserve derision and destruction, instead.
At an even higher level than the professional classes which make up the subscriber bases of niche conservative magazines are the donors and attendees to conferences of the higher class right-leaning foundations. These foundations, too, are useless to their donors, and these facts should be made completely clear to the men who lard their coffers to no effect.
Given that the left is becoming more aggressive, and will continue to become so, the reaction emerges as an attempt at creating a countervailing force. This is one of the reasons why it tends to intimidate and occasionally panic leftists, whereas they see conservatives as mostly safe punching-bags who will back down whenever they’re directly challenged.
Attacking the GOP through the primary process has been attempted, and it has failed. That attempt is the ‘Tea Party.’ It was easy for the GOP to absorb that attack — it even gained from it, because it temporarily revitalized the enthusiasm of the party base, giving them hope that they would gain some real power from it.
The better way to think about it is that voting is to power as pornography is to sex. Power over territory is what the Amerikaners want — seek that, instead of the cheap substitute which lacks the substance. The democratic process is all about providing the vicarious fantasy of power to the average man. The real thing is better.