But I don't see why you should give the political Right a pass...by insisting that when conservatives behave in authoritarian ways (as they virtually always do, when in power)...that it's...the Left!...that is actually to blame.
The tautology is pitch-perfect, and lunatic.
1. denies the possibility of "personal responsibility," a terrific mantra but total pretence among much of the political Right;
2. Is declaring that "such conservatives are not behaving as conservatives, but as Leftists."
Aside from its obvious No True Scotsman error, it falters; because, of course, all conservatives, in power, behave at least in part in authoritarian ways.
It's as if I were to say that sexist lefties--who are legion, which I presume you find unsurprising--are not really lefties at all. After all (and I realize I'm rather provincializing the grander political theories to which you refer...but the principles remain intact)...virtually every lefty believes in a predictably, nominally non-sexist worldview. Almost without exception.
Therefore, any lefty who exhibits retrograde sexist behaviour...is actually...a conservative!
I don't buy it.
I don't buy any of the ideological pissing contests that declare any "side" inherently good on an intellectual and moral level.
Aside from its extreme ahistoricism, it's also a repudiation of humanity, who simply have not achieved some "perfection of idea" in a political and economic sphere.
How can we even countenance such hubris? God knows.
Plus, its essentially just masturbation...and since so much is available for just that purpose, I see no reason to bring it into discussions like this.