Jeff Bergner is well worth reading on “The Liberal Ideological Complex“:
There is, however, another interlocking public-private collaboration that is at once more insidious, more powerful, and more straightforwardly partisan [than the military-industrial complex]: the liberal ideological complex. We do not always see this collaboration so clearly, because we tend to view each aspect of it as unique and not part of a larger picture. We look, for example, at public sector unions as a labor issue. We look at funding for Planned Parenthood through the lens of abortion policy. We look at EPA regulations and grants in terms of global warming and job destruction. And so on and so forth, down to the smallest, most narrowly tailored grant awards of the federal government.
Yet in each of these cases, the complex functions in essentially the same way. Federal funds are provided for organizations that carry out liberal policies. In turn, these groups employ like-minded staff and both the leadership and the staff of these groups contribute money, time, and services to the politicians who favor this use of federal funds. This creates a vicious circle in which campaign funds are indirectly skimmed off the top of taxpayer-funded organizations, all in the service of liberal ideology.
Already, with the election of Donald Trump following of the super-sympathetic Obama Administration, participants in this complex are letting their hidden structure show as they attempt to flex its muscles. If Trump continues on his current path (that is, in a way of which conservatives can approve), it’ll only become more obvious, to the point that folks like me won’t be able to feel uniquely perspicacious at having seen it.