Category: What is Progressivism?

The Uncomfortable Life

From Nietzsche‚Äôs Beyond Good and Evil. You want, if possible — and there is no more insane “if possible” — to abolish suffering. And we? It really seems that we would rather have it higher and worse than ever. Well-being as you understand it — that is no goal, that seems to us an end, a state that soon makes man ridiculous and...

An Open Letter to Progressives

Dear Progressives, I just wanted to send this note along to ask you a question, namely why you need me to agree with you so badly that you are prepared to hate me, shun me, perhaps even condemn and imprison me, if I don’t agree with you. Let me frame the question a little differently: Why are you so afraid of being left...

On Voting and Democracy

I just read this headline from the Daily Bolshevik, aka The New York Times: “After Record Turnout, Republicans Are Trying to Make It Harder to Vote.” The point of the story, of course — the thrust of mainstream American “news articles” being contained in their headlines, designed as they are for immediate effect on the functionally illiterate and terminally impatient majority of “readers”...

The Great Debate: Socialism vs. Capitalism

Socialism mistakes productivity for greed. Capitalism concedes the point, and proceeds to mistake greed for virtue. Socialism believes there can be no freedom as long as there is private property ownership. Capitalism believes the legal right to hold material goods in one’s own name is a sufficient condition of freedom. Socialism asserts that it is wrong to judge men as better or worse...

A Climate Change to Die For

A pandemic — even a second-level one by historical standards — is a totalitarian’s dream come true. Suddenly, progressives have complete, hysteria-induced access to all the moral weaponry they have tried to invoke for years in the name of “global climate change” with only partial success. The whole thrust of the climate change movement, since its beginnings fifty years ago, has been to...

Democracy and Community

A society in which the great mass of the population has no shared idea of what human life is supposed to be is not a community. If that social division includes fundamental disagreements about the proper relationship between citizen and government, then the society is in faction. If, in turn, this political divide consists of one or more large parties seeking to use...

Random Reflections of a Distorted Moment

I increasingly find myself entertaining this thought: How could anyone be so immovably incredulous in the face of a defeat, so certain even in advance that defeat would in itself be evidence of cheating — unless he believed with some reason that he already had the game rigged in his favor, such that a loss could only mean “something went horribly wrong”? A...

Achieving a “Social Consensus” for Tyranny

One of the great Kafkaesque elements of this moment in humanity’s collapse is the repeated sense, experienced only by the conscious minority, we happy few, that we are watching our fellow men behaving as people behave in nightmares — walking directly into obvious traps or off cliffs, seemingly without an iota of doubt or concern. We watch those around us, and around the...

Compassion Cops on a Killing Spree

Ken Jennings, a well-known former Jeopardy champion who will be guest-hosting the game show in the wake of Alex Trebek’s death, is under assault from the social media sensitivity police, or “compassion cops” as I prefer to call them, because he made a couple of remarks on Twitter some years ago that some people (aka the compassion cop mob) find so offensive that...

Making Monumentally Historic History, and Other Historic Observations

News headlines inform me today that Joe Biden is making history with his historic cabinet appointments. For one thing, he is historically recycling crotchety progressive establishmentarians from the Obama years at historic rates. Furthermore, he has appointed Democratic history’s biggest liar this side of Hillary Clinton, namely John Kerry, as some sort of historic ambassador to Greta Thunberg. In addition, there are at...