This is a survey whose results hardly need much explaining to me. The world is in the grip of the left and there seems no genuinely conceivable way to loosen that grip short of serious catastrophe. And even then, if they elect some right side party, it is for emergency purposes only. The middle of the road is so far to the left, and is kept there by a media that is even more to the left than the average, that there is little prospect of anything other than an elites-serfs-and-freeloaders kind of future. The elites will keep themselves in power by promising a guaranteed minimum income for the freeloader class.
Reading as I have been doing the socialist literature of the nineteenth century through the eyes of one of its great critics, Yves Guyot, the one constant is “those who do not work, do not eat”. This was an old staple then partly addressed to those who received income through interest payments and dividends but mostly to those who did not pull their weight in the workplace. Now we really do have a massive cohort of non-working income earners dependent on the State but they have become the very essence of left side politics and its most reliable base of support.
Just to take the American example, in the United States the distribution of “food stamps”, which can now be used to buy TVs and whatnot, reaches towards half the population. When Obama became president the proportion was one third.
If you have a vision of a world made up of independent, self-reliant individuals who will look after themselves, you are nostalgic for a world that is disappearing so rapidly and in a way that it is almost impossible to imagine a return to how things were. And this is before we even start thinking about foreign policy and international relations.
If you’re a Republican why wouldn’t you be depressed?