Progressivism’s Flower-Strewn Path

Progressives believe that the virtuous intentions of the oppressed will necessarily lead to a utopian future.

The unconscious logic supporting this belief goes like this:
• Society is a Battlefield
• Social interaction is war between groups.
• Warring groups either dominate or are dominated.
• The dominant group ruthlessly oppresses and exploits the weaker group.
• The oppressed tend to be virtuous.
• The intentions of the oppressed are generally virtuous.
• The virtuous intentions of the oppressed will necessarily lead to positive results.
The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:
• As long as the oppressed keep acting together, the future will be virtuous.

 

Newthinkers tend to believe that their virtuous actions will necessarily reap virtuous results. The idea is obviously naive, but in a worldview where external evil isn’t thought to exist and where all true believers are thought to be selfless and virtuous, it’s a logical attitude.

This progressive naivete leads to hubris. Because all problems are thought to originate from pseudoppressors, newthinkers see a flower-strewn path into the future once they are defeated. They don’t foresee the difficulties that will inevitably arise from the actions of the self-interested and evil. Progressive naivete and hubris combine to form utopianism. Newthinkers believe that as long as the oppressed keep acting together, the future will be virtuous. Vague progressive utopias inspire and motivate the progressive movement.

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