There is no political pendulum, swinging back and forth between left and right. There is only the steady march, sometimes faster, sometimes slower to greater and greater state control. If there is ever a drive to increased self-determination, less central planning, and more government accountability, it is so easily marginalized or subverted as to be meaningless.
It's a liberating time to believe in freedom. You can rant and rave at the top of your lungs, and you'll still end up being on the hook for other peoples' cars, prostate exams, investment strategies, and electricity.
I can see the appeal of becoming a fringe whacko. It's not like I could hurt the cause of liberty more than it's already been injured.