The progressive worldview assumes an equality of virtue among all cultures. But while all humans are created equal, not so all human cultures.
Traditional Americans, while championing the given of equal human worth, were free to judge the good, the bad and the ugly in each subculture. The good remained in the American pot, while the bad and the ugly were melted away.
Progressives tend to believe that since all cultures are equally virtuous, it is better to seek cultural diversity than to join a common culture.
The mirage of cultural equality has balkanized America’s cultural standards. Progressives tend to believe that since all cultures are equally virtuous, it is better to seek cultural diversity than to join a common culture. So, for instance, America’s tradition of one dominant language – English – is under attack. Because, under newthink, all subcultures are equally virtuous, they all have an equal right to use their own language. Government has even assumed an obligation to provide non-English speakers with materials in their own tongue rather than burden them with the responsibility of learning English.
Traditional America is losing its ability to reproduce itself because of the dryrot of doubt implanted by newthink’s beliefs.
When a culture loses its confidence, its sense that its institutions and ideals are superior and worth saving, its existence is threatened. Traditional America is losing its ability to reproduce itself because of the dryrot of doubt implanted by newthink’s beliefs. If all cultures are equal, why pass on traditional American culture? Why not instead embrace multiculturalism, especially if to do otherwise is bigoted?
In a seeming paradox which I will discuss later, newthink’s belief in equal cultural virtue has led to the “one world” ideal, in which a global ethic supersedes the nationalistic ethic and nations become less necessary. The boomer generation was exhorted through song to imagine a world with no countries. This exercise in imagination contributed to a bias among progressives toward a policy of lax or non-enforcement of national borders. But as a cell cannot exist without a cell wall, a nation cannot exist without a border. Newthink, given time and the opportunity, will dissolve national borders and unite governments and cultures. Whether that will be a good thing is up to you to judge. (Unless you’re progressive – cultural judgement is progressively unvirtuous.)