A "caring" society
I was talking to a Leftist lady recently. I guess I was lucky to be able to do that. Leftists won't normally talk to conservatives. We have a habit of mentioning inconvenient facts that challenge their beliefs and they are very attached to their beliefs.
And one thing she said gave me a quiet chuckle. She said what she wanted was a "caring society". That would mark her out as a good and wise person among her fellow Leftists but she obviously had no idea how that sounds to conservatives. There IS no caring society, there never has been and never will be. There are some caring individuals but that is all.
So what conservatives hear is that the Leftist wants to FORCE people to be caring. Conservatives have no difficulty at all in expanding the phrase into what is really meant by it. It is an advocacy of tyranny and authoritarianism. To conservatives it has a whiff of Robespierre, Stalin and Hitler: Not desirable company. So the lady I spoke to presented herself very badly to my conservative ears -- quite contrary to her intentions. But it's very rare for Leftists to have much self-insight.
I did however put it to her that what she wanted was to take money off people who have earned it and give it to people who have not earned it. I asked her was that fair? She conceded that it was not fair but rapidly recovered. No self-insight into her authoritarian inclinations emerged. That she is a perfumed would-be dictator did not seem to be obvious to her.