Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ancient garbage.

The irony of progressivism is that its policies almost always entail a return to the bad ideas and corrupt practices of ancient times. It is old barbarism in a new guise. What exactly is new about euthanizing the elderly, killing babies, celebrating promiscuity, and so forth? Even its more sophisticated notions of a “living Constitution” and a collectivist federal government (ideas which are hallmarks of the American Progressive movement) are simply glorified versions of tyrannies well known to the ancients.[1]
Leftists reject all tradition except where it celebrates tyranny. They paw through what has preceded us and dine on the garbage. The socialist part of national socialism, fine. The red aristocracy of Soviet totalitarianism, fine. The arbitrary justice of the Khmer Rouge, fine. Catastrophic bastardy, freedom. The obscurantism, savagery, clericalism and theocracy of Islam, visas all round.

All just fine, just so long as sweet words can be found to cover up the stink. "Democratic centralism," "fairness," "equality," "community," "progress," "redistribution," "environment," "stewardship," "reform," "diversity," "choice," "liberation," "nation of immigrants," "living constitution," "constitutional law," "citizen of the world."

[1] "‘Progressivism’: the greatest source of death and terror in the twentieth century." By George Neumayr,, 2/16/14.


SiGraybeard said...

It's hard to think of "progressivism" as being remotely what it's name implies when it's a return to what the Babylonians were doing in the Old Testament.

Their vaunted social agenda is hard to distinguish from Baal worship.

Col. B. Bunny said...

Quite so. The worship of progressivism has led to the destruction of a fine, great nation. Collectively, we (and all Westerners) won the lottery but instead we said we don't want the big jackpot but will take a sack of dog food instead. Camden, Detroit, and Dearbornistan -- all examples of our best modern political thinking.