But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Hebrews 10:39 (AKJV)
The Road to Perdition
How can people descend to this level of depravity while simultaneously having unshakable confidence in their moral superiority? And, how can the Progressive community provide support for this depravity either implicitly by their silence or explicitly by their approval?
I have been, in effect, asking these questions for quite awhile (e.g., search this blog on “Decoding Progressivism” and “Making Sense of Progressive Nonsense”). My recent post on the appalling self-righteousness exhibited by the Progressive community before and after the 2016 Presidential Election is a good first step towards understanding. However, describing a key symptom doesn’t explain the underlying causes.
The Ends Justify the Means
Progressivism is a dangerous combination of utopianism and collectivism. That is, they believe that human society can be perfected by the application of properly directed collective action.
It is the ends embraced by Progressivism that encourage the descent into extreme self-righteousness. For if your presumed ends are a utopian state in which all evil has been defeated and all good obtained then to oppose these ends can only be viewed as the rejection of good in favor of evil. It is within this dynamic that Progressives are capable of hateful, vicious, dehumanizing behavior towards anyone who opposes them, or even who insufficiently support them.
Since their ends are not those which naturally occur in human society an external power must be applied. That power is found in ever increasing government and institutional authority. Progressives are forever proclaiming their love for humankind while instituting policies that grind individual humans into the dust. There is simply no room in their moral universe for ideological diversity. Therefore it is their collectivist love of humanity that enables their extreme viciousness towards individual humans without the slightest sense of shame or remorse.
Intersectionality and Victim-Based Morality
The ends/means dynamic has been a sufficient driver of Progressive hate for decades past. However, the more recent addition of victim-based moral superiority under the ideology of intersectionality has turbocharged Progressive temptation to evil.
One helpful definition of intersectionality can be found here.
the complex and cumulative way that the effects of different forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and yes, intersect—especially in the experiences of marginalized people or groups.
It is the combination of group identity and victimization that creates the witches brew of unlimited self-righteousness at play today in Progressive politics. The following excerpt provides a good summary of our current situation.
For instance, the idea that certain groups have suffered more historical oppression than others and are therefore owed certain entitlements is hardly novel, but the intersectional prescription that historical victimization can be understood as a kind of mathematical equation of oppression, in which the intersection of our various identities creates an imposed moral hierarchy, with the victims at the top and the privileged at the bottom, is a fairly recent phenomenon. It has been ramped up to include ever more historically marginalized groups and encapsulates an ever broader systemic process of oppression. These ideas have become the norm among my generation (millennial), providing an a priori perceptual framework, which leads us to approach many modern problems through the lens of group identity and historical oppression—sorting out the noble victims from the privileged victimizers to establish who symbolically represents the good and who is emblematic of evil. Such a totalizing ideology is primed to stoke reactionary flames on both sides of the political aisle and feed into the culture war in America and elsewhere.
Note that each person associated with extremely vicious moral conduct from the previous posts belonged to at least one victim group:
- Victoria Bissell Brown: feminist woman;
- Brian Sims: gay;
- John Roger: black;
- Kirsten Gillibrand: feminist woman, explicitly embraces intersectionality;
- Norma Torres: hispanic woman.
Given the identity group based presumption of moral superiority, the “good vs. evil” and “ends justify the means” mentality of Progressive ideology it’s unsurprising that these people feel entitled to conduct themselves in this manner.
The incentive to jump onboard the victim train is so overwhelming that even Progressive white men (the bottom of the barrel in victim-based morality) can’t resist. For example:
James Livingston, a Rutgers history professor: “OK, officially, I now hate white people. … I hereby resign from my race. F— these people.”
The good white male professor wasn’t done virtue signaling his intersectional wokeness.
… Livingston wrote on Facebook on May 31 that he’d come from a Harlem burger restaurant that was “overrun with little Caucasian a-holes.”
“OK, officially, I now hate white people,” wrote Livingston. “I am a white people, for God’s sake, but can we keep them—us—us out of my neighborhood?”
And then there’s the MSNBC/CNN endorsed white male presidential candidate:
Michael Avenatti, criticizing the GOP senators during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings: “These old white men still don’t understand that assault victims and women deserve respect and to be heard.”
This ideology by which human beings are assigned moral superiority or inferiority simply by their membership in identity groups has resulted in a whole new level of viciousness in Progressive rhetoric and action. We haven’t hit anything approaching bottom yet.
The Abolition of God
The ultimate root cause of this self-righteous madness is the abandonment of the Christian religion (which is based on transcendent revelation) in favor of a secular religion based on Progressive human ideology. We return to the previously excerpted article for an excellent summation.
Intersectionality is a secular religion: it advocates an all-encompassing worldview, which explains the vast interlocking mechanism of human oppression at the expense of critical reasoning. It even functions like a religion, operating on the basis of an original sin of privilege, excommunicating heretics, awaiting a judgment day in which all oppression with be understood and overcome, and promoting figures who are considered beyond reproach (saints) who purportedly embody the doctrine’s best representatives. Ultimately, intersectionality is a quest for meaning in a world from which religion has been thoroughly uprooted. And, like all religions, it functions in accordance with our deeply felt unconscious needs, rather than our conscious choices and actions. Of course, one can no more reject the human impulse towards religious experience than the existence of gravity, but we can engage in our own personal line of inquiry—in which questions hold more meaning than answers. This is our only bulwark against human vice. And always will be.
Fortunately there are many citizens in the United States who are not subject to this evil ideology. However the question of their willingness to understand and then effectively oppose this terrorizing creed remains in the balance.