Category: What is Progressivism?

A Punishment to Fit the Crime

The only depiction of Hell that carries any emotional weight with me is that of Dante Alighieri, who imagined his realm of eternal punishment with less attention to the details of Church teaching than to his own rational mind’s sense of cold, hard justice. Each man judged unworthy of salvation is consigned to spend eternity in what we might call the hell of...

Pragmatic Calculations

The Johnson & Johnson Rule.– For a vaccine that gives you a slightly lower chance of getting sick with what is in effect a bad flu virus, which could be dangerous if you have a serious underlying medical condition or are very old, you should be willing to risk a slightly higher chance of having a fatal stroke, which could occur without warning...

Reflections On Where We Are Now

You never know what you have till it’s gone and I wanted to know what I had, so I got rid of everything. — Steven Wright, stand-up comedian.

I can think of no more psychologically incisive summary of this moment in the trajectory of modern civilization. Modernity, as that term relates to the philosophical and political premises of the last four centuries…

Criminal Law Today

In 2021, if you live anywhere in the Western democratic world, you are guilty of systemic oppression, domestic terrorism, and/or hate crimes, if you express any opinion, or are even found through indirect means to have recently (aka at any time over the past thirty years) entertained any thought or rumination, which is now judged by the court of progressive preemptive condemnation to...

Progressive or Spoiled Four-Year-Old?

He makes choices on the basis of immediate inclination or whim, and categorically rejects the pre-moral concept of delayed gratification as an oppressive constraint on his freedom. He believes that his merely wanting something is sufficient evidence of his right to have it, and therefore answers any objection to the immediate fulfillment of his wishes with, “But I want it!” — regarding this...

Racism, Bias, and Utopia

Racism, if it means anything definable at all (and I have never been completely certain that it does), is strictly a description of a certain subjective attitude regarding racial differences, and in particular an attitude of irrational or illegitimate bias for or against people primarily on the basis of race, however race is defined. Racism cannot be treated as a crime, because it...

Progressive Perfections

Necessity is the mother of invention. Progressivism seeks, as a matter of overt principle and coercive policy, to eradicate all necessity — material want, physical disadvantage, social failure, feelings of inadequacy or self-hatred, emotional insecurity. Thus, to the extent the progressives are successful, they will, as a consequence of the covert principles and authoritative policies of Nature, eradicate all invention, or at least...

The Silent Revolution

Last week, I noted that the made-up “anti-Asian hate crime” mantra being manufactured by the American media in the aftermath of a local crime story involving a sick young man in Atlanta has thus far failed to gain any traction in the general population. Today, after a week to get organized and really make a statement, I read this new remarkable headline at...

Rallying to the Cause

I just read this headline, a perfect sign of the times on every level: “Hundreds in Atlanta rally against hate after spa shootings.” First of all, if thousands rally against abortion, the event would be lucky to get mentioned on page two of the local newspaper. But when “hundreds” rally for a politically useful progressive cause of the moment, it is the lead...

Phobias

If a person who disapproves of homosexual behavior, or is disturbed by what is somewhat euphemistically called “the homosexual lifestyle,” is a homophobe, and a person who refuses to accept a biological man who wishes to be called “she” as an actual woman, for purposes of legal identification, public bathroom admittance, or sports participation, is a transphobe, then why isn’t a person who...