I also thought of myself, of the way I was when I was a leftist. Yes, I drove a Porsche then (a used one). And had a house in the Hollywood Hills. And ate at gourmet restaurants. And there were plenty like me. I was part of a class. I felt safe and protected for many years, though finally I just left it. I couldnâ(TM)t stand the hypocrisy anymore. Or maybe I just lost the ability to convince myself of my own altruism.