The looney left has been the counter-culture ever since the original hippy counter-culture of the sixties – fifty years ago. In other words, way before most people alive today were even born.
The left is no longer cool, far from it; the left is now conservative in terms of being unwilling to move on from the ways of the past. Problem is that the past fifty years sucked. It’s been a journey from prosperity to ever-greater poverty, but worse, to ever-greater loss of individual freedom.
As the left are now the conservatives, what does that make those who oppose them (apart from cool)? Well, freedom fighters of course.