Largely and increasingly modern leftism (self-described "liberalism") is nothing more or less than anti-conservative fanaticism with Statist yea, tyrannical revolutionary socialism thrown in.
When a significant part of the population of self-declared Democrats say that they are O.K. with Communism, you know what magnitude of ignorance you are dealing with.
"You believe in the oath you took. They don't. You believe that the sheep should be protected. They don't. They hate you because they're not like you. They're weak and unruly and they believe in nothing." - Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) describing Agent Starling's FBI persecutors
in movie "Hannibal"