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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The Collective Journey to Utopia

Under newthink, the progressive worldview, social virtue is created by collective public action toward utopia.

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.
• Utopia is possible.
• Social virtue is created by collective public action toward utopia.

The unconscious logic branching out of this belief is:

• To achieve desirable social results, one should become part of a collective public organization and work toward one’s goals.
• Positive social action can be achieved through governmental, academic, media, union, and other organizations.

 

This belief in a collective progression toward utopia is the spark that inspires many newthinkers to shape their lives around their worldview. It animated the 1960s counterculture. Progressives imagine their heaven on earth with the same passion that traditional Americans imagined heaven.

Though traditional Americans believed that social good was created by serving God, country, community and family, progressives believe that social virtue is created by collective public action toward utopia. The green movement, for example, encourages everyone to recycle and reduce their “carbon footprint” in order to save the planet. The socialist movement treats the government as the solution for social inequity and envisions a future where everyone shares the wealth.

Traditional American society was like nature: a chaotic mess that miraculously worked. Progressive society is more like a beehive: a progressive hive of worker bees who toil steadily and tirelessly toward their utopian ideal.

Traditional American society was essentially an individual enterprise in which the group existed as a framework to uphold individual rights; progressivism is essentially a collective enterprise in which the individual subsumes himself to the group. Traditional American society was like nature: a chaotic mess that miraculously worked. Progressive society is more like a beehive: a progressive hive of worker bees who toil steadily and tirelessly toward their utopian ideal. The newthinking worker bees tend to be hard-working, intelligent, ideological, confident and positive in the pursuance of their often-unconscious goal. Every beehive owes its existence to its worker bees. The progressive takeover of most public organizations – universities, libraries, high schools, churches, government bureaucracies, etc. – has been accomplished by them.

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