What’s to be Done? (Part 6)

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I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

The Means (3 of 5)

A primary cause of radical progressive success is their often unopposed claim to own the “moral high ground.”  They base this claim primarily on the assertion that they are looking out for the weak and oppressed in society.  Their motives are presumed to be always pure, while anyone who opposes their policies must be doing so out of hatred and greed.

In Taking Stock at the 100th Post I pointed out numerous reasons to doubt the presumption of moral superiority in our PCUSA elite.  In What’s to be Done? (Part 1) I included a partial list of what progressive radicals have been doing to destroy those who dare to disagree with their “party line” on same sex marriage.  I believe that there are many public policy examples where this presumed moral superiority also rings false.

I’d here like to focus on another area that isn’t as commonly discussed.  That is, if we grant that radical progressives have achieved a position of presumed moral superiority, what have they done with it?

What they have done from this perch of “moral superiority” is to hurl abuse at anyone that sits “below” them.  In most cases it’s just run-of-the-mill intimidation intended to get the offender to shut up. In other cases, it’s intention is to destroy the social standing or livelihood of the victim.  And, in some cases it’s intended to utterly destroy the person in every sense of the word…socially, emotionally, financially and spiritually.

That last category is generally reserved for the least human among us, for example, a female politician who opposes abortion and embraces Christianity, or, a black man who believes in a conservative political philosophy.  In both cases we have human beings who are utterly dehumanized and, if possible, destroyed because (I can’t believe that this phrase is needed in a supposedly enlightened culture) they have rejected the way women or black people “should” think.  In other words, these people in positions of “moral superiority” use their status to engage in the most vile, crude forms of sexism, misogyny and racism that one can imagine.

Which leads me to point 3.

3. Don’t cede the “moral high ground”

Don’t cede it to them primarily because to do so is to uphold a lie.  The radical progressives are not morally superior in any way.  What they are is empowered by their status and relationships to destroy with impunity anyone who dares to effectively oppose them.  That is, they maintain their position by being willing and able to inflict cruelty and pain on anyone who dares to say the obvious.

Also, don’t cede it to them because doing so destroys your ability to ever win the argument on the merits.  The tragic fact is that “debate” in our culture has almost nothing to do with the merits and almost everything to do with who establishes that they own the “moral high ground.”  Once that is established, nothing else, including behavior that clearly demonstrates moral inferiority, matters.

It’s a losing strategy to claim ownership of the “moral high ground” for yourself.  The only possibility for progress is to call into question the presumption of the radical progressive’s moral superiority.  Doing so will open you up to the worst type of abuse.  However, it may also create an opening for the actual merits of the debate to come into view.  For, if the “moral high ground” isn’t ceded, then other means, for example, the merits of the case, may need to be examined.  Finally, by ceding this position you become a participant in a destructive lie.

Not everyone is in a position to, or has the ability to take radical progressives on directly.  In those cases my recommendation is non-participation, as explained by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn in Live not by Lies.

 Aleksandr-SolzhenitsynAnd the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, but not with any help from me.

This opens a breach in the imaginary encirclement caused by our inaction. It is the easiest thing to do for us, but the most devastating for the lies. Because when people renounce lies it simply cuts short their existence. Like an infection, they can exist only in a living organism.

We do not exhort ourselves. We have not sufficiently matured to march into the squares and shout the truth out loud or to express aloud what we think. It’s not necessary.

It’s dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

My God’s blessing, strength and protection be with you.

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