Category: What is Progressivism?

A Word That Should Never Be Used

Today I see that Wendy Mesley, a long-time CBC journalist, has been thrown down the memory hole, like so many these days, for committing one of the cardinal sins in the Marxist faith. Specifically, Mesley’s television program was “suspended” because, during a discussion of racial inequality, she “used a word that should never be used.”  That phrase, “used a word that should never...

Watch out, the last wave is a doozy!

You have been hearing it for months. It has been a constant background chatter, a shiver at the surface of daily life. It insinuates itself into almost every conversation with relatives, old friends, coworkers, random acquaintances. “This virus is so frightening.” “I’m worried about my kids getting this thing.” “What scares me is the second wave — that might be even worse!” Late...

Soft Despotism vs. The Cosmos

Last evening, I ate dinner with a student at a department store food court. At one point in the conversation, while talking about the kind of attitudes and responses that pass for “normal” today, I suddenly had an odd thought. Looking around the large, moderately crowded but “socially-distanced” court, I mused aloud, “If someone from the government walked in here right now and...

A Few Questions on Self-Enslavement

If you are a reasonably intelligent, somewhat politically ambitious man, and you see that the political class in your society is exploiting a crisis as a means of establishing extremely illiberal powers far beyond the legitimate necessities of the current crisis — powers of the sort that no state ever relinquishes once the precedent has been set and publicly accepted — then if...

The Systemic Stupidity of the Masses

Black Lives Matter. What does that even mean? You don’t know, so don’t bother trying to answer. You don’t know, because the phrase actually means exactly nothing, or at least nothing to do with the words that comprise the phrase. It is a slogan meant to sound brave and ideological precisely to obscure or deflect from its lack of any comprehensible significance in...

“The whole secret of life in two pages of print!”

Here is an enthusiastic rant about socialists by Razumihin, Dostoevsky’s crystallization of the good-natured man of common sense, in Crime and Punishment: I’ll show you their pamphlets. Everything with them is ‘the influence of environment,’ and nothing else. Their favourite phrase! From which it follows that, if society is normally organised, all crime will cease at once, since there will be nothing to...

On Deliberately Misreading the Facts

We now learn that members of the White House staff and the secret service, and even one of Donald Trump’s personal valets, have tested positive for the coronavirus. This is announced by the breathless propaganda wing of American totalitarian progressivism — that is, the mass media — as shocking news, terrifying news, hysteria-inducing news. The New York Times, America’s leading purveyor of reality...

Random Socially Distanced Thoughts

Perhaps it’s the Roman Catholic in me, but for whatever reason I am occasionally gripped by an inchoate need for purification through speech, a sort of confessional moment if you will, in which I divest myself of a few wayward thoughts in order to regain my equilibrium. This is one such occasion. Bear with me. Better yet, given that, if you are reading...

More evidence of the totalitarian shift

Today I read this headline: “Trump says federal social distancing guidelines will be ‘fading out’.” Meanwhile, here in Korea, Moon Jae-in’s government, which was one of the most reasonable and restrained in the world in the early stages of this nonsense, has become increasingly schoolmarmish and micromanagerial of late, repeatedly warning people that if they insist on “violating” social distancing “guidelines,” they will...

The Rule of the Experts, Part Two

Two things may be said of experts and specialists in general: (1) They are often proved wrong in the end, particularly with regard to their areas of specialty — and not merely wrong about details, but about the premises and presuppositions upon which they established their reputations as experts and specialists. In other words, it typically turns out, in hindsight, that for the...