Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Are Progressives progressive?

Chuck Morse Speaks 

At a family gathering recently a progressive guest went out of her way to announce that she never watches Fox News. My response, speaking for myself and for many conservatives that I know, was that I often go out of my way take in so-called progressive news. That way, I intoned, I could be more “progressive” by maintaining a more informed and balanced view of politics.
Why are progressives afraid to expose themselves to alternative points of view? Why do they admire “diversity” only when diversity is progressive, and therefore not really diverse, and why are they so intolerant? The answer can be detected in the word progressive. By nature, to be progressive would be to believe in progress. Both “progressives” and conservatives view themselves as progressive because both believe they stand for progress. How could it be otherwise? No person would, after all, embrace an idea that they thought to be regressive or backward. By calling themselves “progressive,” besides engaging in a gross game of propaganda and marketing, left-wingers claim that by opposing their views one would be, by inference, regressive.
Yet, are progressives, well, actually progressive? Do they hold to principles that lead to personal, political or societal progress? If progressives are actually progressive than why do they need to protect themselves from alternative opinions? Why do they prefer to create a hermitically sealed world of the mind? Why do they need to cut themselves off from those they view as part of the evil other? If they are actually progressive than would not their rightness be self-evident and therefore immune to false ideas?
The reason the “progressive” must protect himself from outside influence is because he has embraced a false ideology that glorifies earthly collective power and control. Progressivism is an ideology that runs contrary to human nature which is to seek individual personal autonomy based upon self-interest and free will. The Progressive, in support of a false idea, must convince others to surrender their personal autonomy and self-interest to the earthly power of the “enlightened” state. He markets the surrender of that which is natural to the human being as a means to help the less fortunate and to transform society as a whole.
Progressives in America believe they champion such causes as Civil Rights, Feminism, Gay Rights, workers’ rights and preserving the environment but their support for these causes is situational as opposed to fundamental. Historically, for example, progressives generally turned a blind eye to the unprecedented atrocities committed by such “progressive” paradises as the Soviet Union, Communist China, and for a time Nazi Socialist Germany all viewed as “progressive” in their day. Progressives have been loath to discuss the terrible treatment of Gays in Castro’s Cuba or the racist treatment of the Mosquito Indians in Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua or the treatment of women, minorities, and Gays in many Islamic countries.
Instead, they would rather focus on the faults and foibles of American society in these areas which, from a conservative standpoint, could always use improvement. Their animus toward America, and toward the western democracies, particularly Israel, stems from the fact that these societies are not “progressive” according to their definition of the term. American society has become the most successful in history because America is not “progressive” but rather America has protected and defended that which is natural to the human condition. As opposed to collectivism, Americans admire the free individual and all the institutions that support individual freedom such as private property, and private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and communication. As opposed to worship of earthly state power, Americans worship God, or a power greater than the man-made state. As opposed to supporting “human rights” as they are defined by the progressive as a means to concentrate power, Americans have supported individual rights and the institutions and laws that further individual opportunity.

1 comment:

progressingamerica said...

If you want to understand what progressives mean about being progressive, you'll want to start by reading their own history.

From Dewey, to Wilson, to Croly, Roosevelt, Ely, Sanger, and many others.

It helps also to understand their relationship to the Fabians. This might be a good place for you to start, if you're interested in going down this very deep rabbit hole.