Progressive Utopia

Progressives tend to believe that utopia is possible.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief is as follows, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:

• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• We should celebrate human beings, not God.
• Humanity is the ultimate authority.
Utopia is possible.

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The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• It is only exploitative and oppressive groups that have kept a utopian reality from being created.
• Social virtue is created by collective public action toward utopia.

 
 

…to progressives, humans are inherently good, and since that is true, utopia is possible.

It’s too depressing, if humanity is the ultimate reality, to perceive that reality as evil or even flawed. We need our gods to be good. Therefore, to progressives, humans are inherently good, and since that is true, utopia is possible. Heaven can be relocated here on earth.

Progressivism, international socialism, national socialism, communism, fascism – any “ism” based on humanity – are all attempts to create their proponents’ version of utopia.

The Island of Utopia by Ambrosius Holbein

The Island of Utopia by Ambrosius Holbein

Progressives believe that a utopian America could already exist were it not for exploitative and oppressive groups that have kept it from being realized. Progressivism, international socialism, national socialism, communism, fascism – any “ism” based on humanity – are all attempts to create their proponents’ version of utopia. They all believed that to achieve their utopia they must destroy the group or groups oppressing them. International socialists blamed the bourgeoisie; national socialists blamed Jews; Italian fascists blamed Christianity and the upper class; communists blamed capitalists. Newthinkers, as we shall see, blame many of these and more.

Because of their belief in the possibility of an earthly utopia, newthinkers do not compare America to other actual societies in the present or past. In such comparisons, America would fare well. As Dennis Prager argues, progressives instead compare it, unfavorably, to a future utopia. All the features of this progressive utopia will become clear as this blog progresses. But, as I’ve already discussed, it will:

• Celebrate humanity rather than God
• Value youth and childish characteristics
• Revere physical health
• Venerate nature and all things natural
• Have very few limitations on public behavior
• Promote all cultural expressions equally (In other words, it will discourage any cultural expressions.)
• Promote all ideas equally (In other words, it will discourage the use of ideas.)
• Discourage tradition
• Value emotion over intellect
• Be concerned with popularity rather than right and wrong
• Elevate the importance of groups over individuals
• Be undemanding of individuals, as long as they don’t oppose the system
• Encourage collective action toward its goals

Why Appearances Tend to Be More Important than Reality to Devout Progressives

A devout traditional American sought the love of God. A devout progressive seeks the love of humanity; all you need is love.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief goes like this, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:

• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• We should celebrate human beings, not God.
• Humanity is the ultimate authority.
• It is important to be loved by humanity.

 

If humanity is the ultimate authority, then it is understandably important to be loved by our fellow humans. But there is another reason for newthinkers’ concern about receiving the love of humanity. Men have traditionally dominated the social macrocosm; women have dominated the social microcosm. Newthinkers perceive this as a subordinate position for women and an example of gender oppression. Thus, as they attempt to correct that perceived imbalance, evolutionary micro-feminine drives are increasingly transported into the macro world. One such drive, as David Geary points out in his book Male, Female, is the need for strong interpersonal relationships.* Women tend to be more oriented toward people, men tend to be more oriented toward things; thus the increased importance under the progressive worldview of the more feminine trait of valuing popularity and love.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• Appearances are more important than reality.
• It is more important to appear lovable than to do the right thing.
• We must offend others as little as possible.

 

People can be fooled, but God can’t. So, when humanity is the ultimate authority, appearances are more important than truth.

When others’ love is based on what they think about us, what we appear to do is more important than what we actually do. Alternatively, when our actions are based on what is right under the omniscient view of God, what we actually do is important, not what we appear to do. People can be fooled, but God can’t. So, when humanity is the ultimate authority, appearances are more important than truth.

As appearances increasingly matter more than reality, popularity becomes essential. On an international scale, though traditional Americans usually thought it was more important that the world respect us than love us, newthinkers tend to feel that America should have the world’s approval before acting.

…unfriendly global non-progressives – such as Islamist terrorists – for whom the psychology of progressives is foreign, view this appearances-are-primary, need-to-be-loved attitude as a weakness, and use it against us.

The newthink focus on appearances leads to a desire to be loved by humanity that in turn creates a hesitancy to use power. This diminishes America’s strength: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Meanwhile, unfriendly global non-progressives – such as Islamist terrorists – for whom the psychology of progressives is foreign, view this appearances-are-primary, need-to-be-loved attitude as a weakness, and use it against us.

* David C. Geary, Male, Female, (Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2005), p. 326.

Good Health: The Dike that Holds Back Nonexistence

To devout progressives, health is of paramount importance because it is all that protects one from nonexistence.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief goes like this, starting from the “Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble” branch of the newthink worldview tree:

• Human beings are inherently and transcendentally noble.
• We should celebrate human beings, not God.
• Humanity is the ultimate authority.
• God doesn’t exist.
• There is no afterlife with a reward or punishment for behavior in this life.
• Health is of paramount importance because it is all that protects one from nonexistence.

 

Concern about health is, well, healthy. But the degree of concern over health and fitness has, not coincidentally, tracked the growth of progressive society. Commercialized physical-culture made an exponential leap starting in the late 1970s.* The “Me Decade” strikes again.

Fitness CenterThe concern over fitness and physical attractiveness tends to trump traditional moral concerns in the personal lives of modern Americans. In one survey sample, 90% of American women counted a previous rape conviction in a potential partner as being less unappealing than obesity.**

Progressive concern for health is tantamount to concern over one’s soul in traditional American society. It’s logical: because newthinkers don’t generally believe in an immortal soul, their bodies are all that bind them to existence. No wonder health concerns are predominant among newthinkers – good health is the dike that holds back nonexistence.

* Dorothy Porter, “The Healthy Body,” Companion Encyclopedia of Medicine in the Twentieth Century, Editors (Cooter and Pickstone, 2003), p. 211.

** Ibid., p. 215.