The Shield of Progressive Virtue

Luckily for wrongdoers, progressive society has a default attitude of forgiveness toward anyone who publicly avows progressive views. It is believed that they must have worldlove and therefore would be highly unlikely to commit traditionally evil acts.

This shield of progressive virtue even extends to foreign terrorists. They need not express progressive views or display worldlove; merely having the same enemies as progressives is sufficient. For instance, at a 2002 Socialist Scholars Conference, a large crowd applauded an Egyptian novelist’s defense of a young Palestinian woman’s recent suicide/murder.   As David Horowitz writes in Unholy Alliance, even the socialist writer who witnessed this event was surprised that such a pathological movement was embraced by the progressive utopians attending the conference.  But both the radical Islamist and the devout progressive believe in a coming utopia. The radical Islamist’s faith compels him to attempt to dominate all non-believing societies in order to institute sharia for Allah; the socialist’s faith compels him to eliminate private property through state power, including violence, and bring on the millennium.  Newthinkers don’t take radical Islam’s pathology seriously because they think that religion itself is just an expression of the wretchedness caused by capitalist oppression.*

[Progressives] see Islamists through the filter of their own worldview’s unconscious beliefs. They note their common enemies and incorrectly infer that Islamists are therefore progressively virtuous.

Just as traditional Americans do not understand or often even recognize newthink, progressives do not understand or often even recognize Islamism. They see Islamists through the filter of their own worldview’s unconscious beliefs. They note their common enemies and incorrectly infer that Islamists are therefore progressively virtuous. As for the Islamists, they see the manifestations of worldlove among their enemies as weakness and an opening for attack.

* David Horowitz, Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left, (Regnery Publishing, 2004), p. 129.

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