If Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone somewhere may be having a good time, then liberalism is the haunting fear that all the cool kids back in high school might have been right.
Liberals drank deeply from the well of “self-esteem” back in grade school. They are convinced they’re exceedingly special. Problem is, the world doesn’t agree. Kim Kardashian has a million Twitter followers, and they have three, because being good-looking trumps a perfect score on the SAT verbals every time. Statism is one life-long act of revenge for this sad state of affairs — they can’t keep the quarterback from dating the head cheerleader, but they can make them both ride the subway to get to the prom.
Disclosure: My Twitter follower count and my score on the SAT verbal are surprisingly close — for now.