This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines how the campaigns of the socialist left, under the banner of "social justice," "equality," and "compassion," have inflicted catastrophe in many forms—poverty, moral decline, criminality, violence, illness, and death—upon countless millions of people. The programs and policies that led to these disastrous outcomes were unfailingly promoted by the left—often presenting itself more appealingly as “liberalism”—as expressions of a high-minded idealism that promised to improve the living conditions of people in need.
Leftists tend to view their own prescriptions for all manner of social ills -- e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, intolerance, greed, alienation -- as solutions uniquely rooted in enlightenment and decency. By contrast, they deem conservative social policy the product of selfishness, greed and mean-spiritedness. Armed with this high opinion of their own motives and problem-solving abilities, they have advanced, often with messianic zeal, a host of social and ideological crusades that have brought immense and needless suffering to the very same "victims" in whose names they have acted.