To Progressives, the End – A Progressively-Virtuous Society – Justifies the Means

To progressives, the ultimate end – a progressively-virtuous society – justifies the means.

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.
• Our motives are inherently noble.
• We are progressively virtuous.
• Progressive virtue is supremely important.
• The end, which is a progressively-virtuous society, justifies the means.

The unconscious logic of this belief’s single entailment is:

• Progressive virtue is more important than democracy. It is legitimate and virtuous to use undemocratic means to protect and promote progressive virtue.

 

Just as traditional Americans would tend to use any ethical means necessary to protect and promote good, so will newthinkers tend to use any politically correct means necessary to protect and promote progressive virtue. But the drive to promote good and the drive to promote progressive virtue are very different; both the ends (goodness vs. progressive virtue) and the accepted means (traditional ethics vs. political correctness) are dissimilar.

Just as traditional Americans would tend to use any ethical means necessary to protect and promote good, so will newthinkers tend to use any politically correct means necessary to protect and promote progressive virtue.

Progressive politicians who are part of the Enlightened firmly believe that their motives are inherently noble, that they are progressively virtuous, that progressive virtue is supremely important, and that their end – a progressively-virtuous society – justifies their means. Therefore, even beyond the scope of traditional politicians, devoutly progressive politicians tend to feel that they can say nearly anything without regard to truth in order to promote their cause. Progressive politicians raise disingenuousness to a whole new level because they need to push their progressively-virtuous agenda among those who either don’t understand it or may, to their mind, unvirtuously oppose it. In newthink’s war against Americanism, truth is the first casualty.

Traditional values such as public honesty and democracy will be discarded by progressives if they impede the advance of progressive virtue.

Traditional values such as public honesty and democracy will be discarded by progressives if they impede the advance of progressive virtue. If the ignorant progressively unvirtuous cannot be turned and the purposely progressive unvirtuous (aka “‘evil conservatives”)  are making gains, it is for newthinkers legitimate and progressively virtuous to use dishonest and undemocratic means to gain and hold power.

A Progressive Belief: “Evil Conservatives” are Malevolent and are Our Only Real Enemy.

Devout progressives tend to believe that the purposely progressively unvirtuous (evil conservatives) are malevolent and are their only real enemy.

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.
• Our motives are inherently noble.
• We are progressively virtuous.
• Progressive virtue is supremely important.
• Those who do not agree with us – the progressively unvirtuous – are either ignorant or purposely unvirtuous.
• The purposely progressively unvirtuous must be fought.
• The purposely progressively unvirtuous are malevolent and are our only real enemy.

 

Since newthinkers perceive people as inherently noble, they love everyone – except those who disagree with them. Because they believe that if something feels good, it’s okay, they tolerate anything – except that which contradicts the beliefs of their worldview.

…just as something must fill the psychological vacuum created by the perceived absence of God, so must something fill that created by the absence of the devil. Like Goldstein, The Enemy of the People in Orwell’s 1984, the evil conservatives fill that void in the newthink psyche.

Newthinkers reject the traditional concept of evil, just as they reject traditional notions of good. Both God and Satan are absent from their universe metaphor. But just as something must fill the psychological vacuum created by the perceived absence of God, so must something fill that created by the absence of the devil. Like Goldstein, The Enemy of the People in Orwell’s 1984, the evil conservatives fill that void in the newthink psyche. They are the bad actors in the newthink stage play. Since they consciously and openly contradict newthink’s beliefs, they are perceived by Progressive Crusaders as their only real enemy.

Traditional right-and-wrong morality clashes with most of newthink morality. When the progressive elite – the Enlightened – encounter the purposely unPV, progressive rage is often the result.

progressive rage n : intense anger and indignation of the progressive elite against those who are purposely progressively unvirtuous

Ronald Reagan’s 1983 denunciation of the Soviet Union as an evil empire created much progressive rage among the Enlightened, who never objected to the Soviet’s regular use of much more extreme language. “It was the worst presidential speech in American history, and I’ve seen them all,” said historian Henry Steele Commager*; The New Republic said it left the impression that the U.S. was contemplating holy war; New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called it primitive and outrageous.**

English: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on June 2...

English: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on June 2, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A more recent example of progressive rage is the reaction of the Enlightened to the introduction of Alaska governor Sarah Palin into the national limelight during the 2008 presidential campaign, in which she and her family were criticized and ridiculed in the crudest possible manner. The Reagan Derangement Syndrome became the Bush Derangement Syndrome which has, at the time of this writing, become the Palin Derangement Syndrome. Powerful people like these, who consciously oppose political correctness and progressive virtue, attract progressive rage like lightning rods in a thunderstorm.

* Steven F. Hayward, The Age of Reagan, (Three Rivers Press, 2009), p. 288.

** Ibid, p. 288.