Category: What is Progressivism?

Progressive Life Imitates Dystopian Art

A few weeks ago, New York legislators passed a new state abortion law essentially declaring open season on all living fetuses up to the moment of birth. (I wrote about it here.) In celebration of this triumph of the religion of death, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, apparently in symbolic honor of the needles used to exterminate life, had the World Trade Center...

A Glossary of Progressive Ideas: Part One

Today, I begin slowly compiling a collection of warnings and explications concerning the modern socio-political climate, roughly conceived as a handy glossary of progressive bromides and euphemisms for the benefit of any possible visitor to late modernity from a more civilized time. The collection will be developed in no particular order; but just to annoy the social justice crowd, I shall begin on...

Communist Canada Establishes Presumed Guilt as Legal Standard

My old pal from my American Thinker and Canada Free Press days, Tim Birdnow, has a very substantial post at his blog addressing Canada’s new drunk driving law. The core principle of the new law is that neither drunk driving, nor even any cause for suspicion of drunk driving, is required any longer as grounds for police to demand a breath sample —...

Shameless in Iowa

Recently, Iowa’s governor signed a bill banning most abortions after the fetal heartbeat can be detected. Now, in an assault on everything that makes humans a marginally worthwhile species, Planned Parenthood is erecting billboards featuring larger-than-life pictures of “real women” declaring, “I had an abortion, and I’m not apologizing,” while urging passersby to “Say abortion.” I know there are people who refuse, for...

Let’s See What We Missed

A brief comment or two regarding a few stories we overlooked (i.e., happily ignored) during the Christmas holiday here in Limbo: A Texas public school teacher tried to sell her own eighth-grade female relative to a group of Moroccan men, posting photos of her online and promising the men that the girl was a virgin. Meanwhile, a popular YouTube channel aimed at children...

In the Bleak Midwinter — A Full Moon!

Martina Navratilova is being vilified on Twitter, and, like most others, cowering before the intimidation of the lynch mob, after committing the progressive sin of questioning the rationality of allowing biological men to compete in sports against women merely because they “identify” as women. Rachel McKinnon, a male professor who believes he is a woman and recently won an international women’s cycling championship...

Language and Public Decorum

From Right Scoop, I learn that something called “Mika Brzezinski,” ranting progressively about whatever on MSNBC, has offended one or another of her ideological kin by allegedly committing an act of something called “homophobia,” one of the progressive left’s ever-expanding lexicon of labels for nonexistent evils, or more specifically in this case, thought crimes. It was while speaking diatribifically about, I suppose, the...

Ho-hum Study from Yale: Progressives More Racist Than Conservatives

Yale and Princeton researchers have analyzed speech patterns and vocabulary used by white “liberal” and “conservative” politicians, and also more broadly white “liberal” and “conservative” citizens, when addressing presumed black audiences, and they have found — get ready to be much less surprised than the researchers — that liberals show a much greater tendency to “dumb down” their normal language and skill level...

Meet the New Marxist, Same as the Old Marxist

After a little tough talk (in her little girl voice), Democratic Party phenom Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now says she will support Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker, as long as Pelosi “remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker.” This newly-elected paperweight from an “of-course-the-Dem-won” district is being given the public authority to play queen-maker by a media desperate for the next Obama, i.e., a leftist-cliché-spouting...