One of the realizations I had, growing up in a leftist state and breaking the brainwashing in college — quite the opposite of how it typically goes — is that the tenet of leftism that is most appealing to the more sympathetic can be expressed as such: weakness is the new strength.
Back when I subscribed to leftism, it was for simple reasons. Leftists looked out for the destitute; otherwise they would starve, right? Leftists stuck up for people who were discriminated against; I believed that was happening at the time. Leftism is the weak standing together to not be trampled by the strong. Right?
Well, leftism has had its way. It is now the establishment. What have the results been?