Category: What is Progressivism?

The Value of Fear

Fear makes us irrational. Fear makes us susceptible to poor arguments and dangerous “offers” that seem to promise relief from the pain of our terror. Fear causes us to choose rashly and pursue counterproductive courses of action. Fear makes us forget our real, adult interests, including our interests in other people, in favor of an aggressive form of self-absorption. Fear can make us...

Cuckoo Headline of the Day

Here’s a beauty from the New York Times’ understudy as official newspaper of international communism, The Washington Post: “Infectious Trump briefly leaves hospital to greet fans as confusion continues over his health.” It is obvious the Post is preparing readers for the formal attempted murder charges undoubtedly coming against Trump for knowingly endangering the lives of millions of Americans by daring to leave...

The Bubble Test

What post-Soviet progressives have gradually learned, and what anti-totalitarian observers from Tocqueville to Huxley understood long before them, is that oppression maintained with hard walls will be short-lived. For hard walls, precisely because they are so overtly rigid, are vulnerable. Men locked within those walls naturally convulse at restraint so bluntly asserted. They will not produce, thus gradually rotting the oppressive power structure...

Capitalizing on Injustice

Before the start of an NFL game Thursday night in Kansas City, players made a league-endorsed political statement by standing arm-in-arm across the field in support of racial justice, or against racial injustice, or whatever namby-pamby sensitivity-cops nonsense they thought they were representing. It’s a wonder the Kansas City team, called the (euphemized for children) “Native American Tribal Leaders,” had the gall to...

If I Were an American Progressive…

If I were an American progressive, I would be angry as hell at the Democratic Party’s decision to do to my movement — the party’s true grassroots — what the Republicans have done for decades to constitutional conservatives, namely tell us to cool our heels at the back of the bus and not make too much noise during an election campaign. If I...

The Self-Government Machine

How much of the challenge of political philosophy is rooted in deficiencies of available language? How many essential truths have failed to reach the ears they needed to reach at the critical moment, merely because the individuals who saw those truths lacked universally familiar points of reference with which to communicate their lightning bolts with sufficient precision, or at least with the shattering...

Signing the Confession

Perhaps the most prominent of this week’s batch of progressive public executions in America is that of Cincinnati Reds’ broadcaster Thom Brennaman, essentially for the crime of using jock language to say a jock type of thing, while not realizing his voice was still on air.  Here is an account of the crime from the New York Daily News: On Thursday, Fox Sports...

Big Day in Alt-Right News

Followers of the special sub-cult of progressive hatred and civilizational suicide known as the alternative right (alt-right) have enjoyed a unique thrill ride over the past twenty-four hours, as two of the loosely-affiliated and even more loosely-anchored “movement’s” most familiar nuts, Steve Bannon and Vladimir Putin, have made headlines in the way alt-right leaders are wont to do, i.e., for criminal behavior.  First...

Coronavirus Logic 101

Today’s winning headline from Business Insider: “New York City’s spring coronavirus outbreak was roughly as deadly as the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 50 million people.” The logic of that headline is clearly intended to suggest that the current pandemic is “roughly as deadly” as a pandemic that killed 50 million people, even though it hasn’t actually killed anywhere close to that number...