Decoding Progressivism (8)

Communism/Socialism must be counted as one of the most tragic, persistent and deadly lies of all time.  Stalinism was just one particularly monstrous phase of the lie that has reaped tens of millions of murdered humans and ruination for hundreds of millions more.  And yet, the elite Progressive Leftists choose to contribute mightily to the keeping of this lie alive.  Here’s what the lie looked like in the 1950s.

It is in the nature of Stalinism for its adherents to make a certain kind of lying – and not only to others, but first of all to themselves – a fundamental part of their lives.  It is always a mistake to assume that Stalinists do not know the truth about the political reality they espouse. If they don’t know the truth (or all of it) one day, they know it the next, and it makes absolutely no difference to them politically.  For their loyalty is to something other than the truth.  And no historical enormity is so great, no personal humiliation or betrayal so extreme, no crime so heinous that it cannot be assimilated into the ‘ideals’ that govern the true Stalinist mind, which is impervious alike to documentary evidence and moral discrimination.

from a Hilton Kramer essay.

Never Give Up on Socialism

The nostalgia for Communism is never far beneath the surface in the Progressive Left, as was recently reemphasized in a New York Times oped (emphasis added).  There could be no better confirmation of my recent condemnation of the Progressive Left’s whitewash of Communist genocide (see below figure from this post) than the statements from this oped.  Here’s how the lie looks today.
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The top two are just unsuccessful do-gooders while the third is utterly evil!  Let’s keep trying Socialism until we finally get it right!

New York Times Oped:

We can get to this Finland Station only with the support of a majority; that’s one reason that socialists are such energetic advocates of democracy and pluralism. But we can’t ignore socialism’s loss of innocence over the past century. We may reject the version of Lenin and the Bolsheviks as crazed demons and choose to see them as well-intentioned people trying to build a better world out of a crisis, but we must work out how to avoid their failures…

But since Communism doesn’t currently have the power to destroy Western Civilization, other “strong horses” must be used to achieve this fundamental goal.
In a recent Kurt Schlichter essay (emphasis added), Stop Lying to Us, we find that although the specifics of the lie have changed, the destructive civilizational purpose of the Progressive Left remains essentially unaltered.
But for the so-called elite that seeks to rule us, it’s all lies, all day, every day, about everything, since they can’t be honest because we normals reject what they want whenever we are exposed to the truth and are allowed a say. So their go-to move to impose their sick will is to obscure or hide the truth, and try to suppress our voices.
When it comes to terror, they prioritize their cocktail party clichés over our lives. They are willing to accept the risk of dangerous Muslim radicals infiltrating our country rather than admitting the truth and taking action.
Then there are the informal ways the left seeks to protect the lies – the attempts at public shaming, plus the intimidation by political correctness that tells the truth-speaker that his reputation, his job and maybe his physical safety will be in danger if he dares point out that the lies are lies.
No, they would rather you lie and die than tell the truth and live. But unless we choose not to stand up for ourselves, our families and our Constitution, we still get a say.
What is “rather you lie and die than tell the truth and live” other than the purposeful sacrifice of human beings to the idol of their own narcissism?
Finally, closing the circle between idolatry and lying.
Such idolatrous lies falsify a person, obscuring and distorting who the person is.  The lie destroys true relationship as humans stop relating to God as he knows himself to be, instead treating him as they have fashioned him.  Idolatry strongly expresses human sovereignty, but sovereignty at the expense of true relationship.
Passively in the face of lies causes us to become complicit in their evil consequences.

Decoding Progressivism (7)

These poor professors were members in good standing of the “progressive community” right up to the moment when they grasped the last shred of adulthood / common sense (left), free speech / debate (center) or critical thinking / intellectual standards (right).

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They had imagined that they were running with Unicorns but realized their error too late.

For their loyalty is to something other than the truth.  And no historical enormity is so great, no personal humiliation or betrayal so extreme, no crime so heinous that it cannot be assimilated into the ‘ideals’ that govern the true Stalinist mind, which is impervious alike to documentary evidence and moral discrimination.

(from a Hilton Kramer essay)

The tragic truth is that many “intellectuals” realize that they are running with a hyena pack, but lack the decency and/or courage to exit (Jonathan Kay on the tyranny of Twitter: How mob censure is changing the intellectual landscape).

… you will find intellectuals who have made extraordinary financial sacrifices to pursue their artistic or activist passions, and whose entire livelihood hinges on a thin patchwork of government grants, modest book advances, sessional teaching contracts, and honoraria from small journals, websites and magazines. Just one wrong Tweet or misplaced open-letter signature can send these people back to a life working for Uber or foodora.

Sarah Hoyt provides an accurate summary of the current academic Progressive left.

Their behavior is so insane, their on-command ability to jump on anyone or anything who deviates from the now-current party line so absolute, their arguments so ridiculous, it took me a while to realize what they’re doing is the equivalent of Mao’s brigades of aggressive young people fanning out to rural areas to teach the peasants how to think and what to do.

Our colleges and universities are purposefully creating hordes of these cultural revolution goons … tragic credentialed, entitled lives with no actual useful skills but masters of personal and civilizational destruction.  So, it hasn’t stayed on the campus.  Buckle up, it’s going to be a rough ride.

Decoding Progressivism (6)

The science is settled…we just can’t make up our minds about the nature of the global crisis that only we, your Progressive betters, can prevent.Believe-Anything-Climate

Al Gore, Global Warming Con-Man (see middle pane in above figure)

This is only one of the absurd things that Al Gore said when confronted by Chris Wallace about his now falsified predictions of planetary disaster (all, of course, based on the infallible source of scientific “consensus”).

I went down to Miami and saw fish from the ocean swimming in the streets on a sunny day. The same thing was true in Honolulu just two days ago, just from high tides because of the sea level rise now.

However, as reported by a non-anti-science source.

The problem is caused by a naturally occurring event known as a king tide, a rare event when the sun and moon align on the same side of the Earth during a high tide, and the extra gravitational pull produces tides much higher than normal.

The mind boggles at the sight of this supposed super-intellect blathering about a rare tidal event caused by gravitational effects as an example of rising ocean levels due to “global warming” (wait, I’ve been told that “global warming is a dangerous misnomer” by ex-President Obama’s Science Advisor, I’m so confused).  The fact that this was all Mr. Gore had when challenged testifies to the inherent vacuousness of his position.  Yet, he pretends to be a man of super wisdom, knowledge and integrity, a bringer of light to the oh so deplorable masses.

Or, as pithily stated by Peggy Noonan:

we are patronized by our inferiors.

Decoding Progressivism (5)

From the Encyclopedia Britannica:

Projection is a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, where they then appear as a threat from the external world. A common form of projection occurs when an individual, threatened by his own angry feelings, accuses another of harbouring hostile thoughts.

What should we call it when the individual in question appears to be perfectly comfortable with their “angry feelings?”  I think that current events create the need to define a more depraved stage of this psychological state.

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King David: Warrior and Poet After God’s Own Heart (15)

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Because I’m the most moral and brilliant person ever!

King Saul and David (1 Samuel 18)

Recall that we’re exploring the issue of narcissism as it relates to outrage over this passage.

27 David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king

The Delusion Behind Narcissism

I’d like to ask those who believe that they live at (or even near) the pinnacle of human morality to take a leap of imagination.  Imagine if you dare, that it is 50, 100, 200 years from now.  Over this time events have occurred that were unforeseeable from today’s available information.  New generations of humanity have experienced economic challenge, social change, armed conflict, religious transformations and personal trauma.

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Wow, I’m so awesome!  Everyone else will have to agree when I’m deciding who lives and dies under single payer health insurance!

Thus, these future people, who have no connection with or allegiance to you, occupy the social commanding heights.  They therefore may well independently assess the policies that you pursued, the opinions that you voiced, the ways that you lived and the real world consequences that flowed from them all.  Do you really believe that they will certainly conclude that yes, your generation did indeed occupy the pinnacle of human morality!

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You dare to disagree with ME!

Or, might these future generations look upon you like you look upon David or our founding fathers, or any of the other past and present humans that you so contemptuously judge as evil and moronic?  Let me explain why you might be wise to learn a little humility.

Abortion

There is already a very large number of people (women and men, including me) who consider abortion to be the outright killing of another human being.  If you test the DNA of a brand new fetus it won’t come back as a salamander or tomato, but as human.  With the advancement of ultrasound technology parents are seeing at an early stage of development that the fetus is a tiny human being.  And, since Roe v. Wade, approximately 59 million of these human beings have been killed in the United States.

There’s also, for Christians, the unavoidable fact that God sees the fetus as a valued, beloved human of His creation (Psalm 139).

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

And yet today’s Progressive elite considers abortion to be their ideology’s “holy of holies.”  Thus, all aspects of abortion on demand are enabled, supported and protected with unmitigated fierceness.

Therefore the powers that be ensured that the sickening, murderous (of grown women and their babies) activities of a psychopath like Dr. Kermit Gosnell were allowed to go on for years, and then be utterly ignored when they finally come to light.  Although the 200 foreskins acquired by David in open warfare is roundly condemned, Gosnell’s collection of jared baby feet is demurely uncommented upon.

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Look away, look away…nothing to see here!

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She didn’t really say this…disjointed words were just spliced together to make it appear so!

Or take the case of Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling aborted baby parts.  Yes, the legions of like-minded reporters, editors, celebrities and politicians will keep alive the fairy tale that these admissions from the mouths of Planned Parenthood executives were the product of falsification through editing.  However, anyone who has the interest to check will find clearly uncut videos covering tens of minutes in which these Planned Parenthood leaders speak without the slightest shame about doing these horrors.

But that’s not the end of it by a long shot.  Perhaps our elites should consider the implications of their beloved “disparate effect” theory of racial discrimination.  By this theory, if any statistical deviation between a race’s proportion of the population and any measure of social benefit can be found then the prima facie explanation is the existence of racial discrimination.

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No “disparate effect” to be seen here!

But what if we look at abortion rates through this lens?  The undisputed fact is that black babies are aborted at almost five-times the rate as are white babies.

Given all of the above, what if, say 50 years from now, an entirely new group controls our media who have no interest in protecting the institution of abortion on demand?  Perhaps there have been such massive civilizational changes that a completely new set of issues has top priority.  Might not these media gate-keepers take a critical view of those who so enthusiastically enabled and protected abortion on demand?  Might not black scholars and reporters begin to ask just why the elites of the early 2000’s made such stinks about university admission rates but covered up abortion rates?

Perhaps, in shock and disgust at this sordid behavior, portraits will be taken down, building names will be changed and past champions of virtue will be converted into current examples of the evil past.

Just some food for thought.

Genocidal Totalitarianism

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The top-two are just unsuccessful do-gooders while the third is utterly evil.  Let’s keep trying socialism until we finally get it right!  Go Venezuela!

I have already made a comprehensive case concerning the support of our elites for genocidal totalitarian ideologies (see here for a summary).  At some future time the flimsy excuse of “good intentions” may have been so throughly discredited that the general public takes notice of the enablers, supporters and “useful idiots” who ensured that these ideologies were free to wreck havoc on humanity for far longer than should have been the case.

They might point to the current economic and social collapse of socialist Venezuela into  wanton violence as a “red flag” that should have, finally, cured the Progressive elites of their fantasies.  But, the fact that they continued to soldier on in behalf of this murderous, failed ideology may someday count against them.  After all, covering up for tens of millions of corpses and hundreds of millions of ruined lives can be unsustainable in the long run.

The Welfare State

After abortion on demand, the current institution with the most support from our Progressive elite class is the welfare state.  It has, over the generations, grown into an interlocking complex of governmental programs (with the associated army of bureaucrats), non-profit organizations, political parties, religious denominations and community organizers that is all focused on one thing: continuance of the welfare state exactly as it is.

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 7.57.47 AMBut, future generations, after having possibly experienced a financial catastrophe brought on by unsustainable government spending (certainly not just on the welfare state) might look back on these programs with a more critical eye than is today allowed.  For example, they may look at the nearby graph, on which is plotted the national poverty rate and total anti-poverty spending, and be appalled.  Note also that the 1964 start of “the war on poverty” is shown.  There are three characteristics of this figure that is of primary relevance, those being:

  1. The poverty rate was already falling quickly for at least 15 years prior to the start of “the war on poverty”
  2. The slope of the decline of poverty was not increased by the “war” (i.e., the new anti-poverty spending didn’t significantly improve an already occurring process)
  3. Since 1970, there has been no appreciable change in the poverty rate despite trillions of dollars spent by the “best and brightest,” “morally superior” poverty industrial complex.

Pov-spendingThis discussion hasn’t yet included the human and social wreckage wrought by the Welfare State, where entire communities descended into generations of broken families, hopelessness, violence, addiction, and yes, poverty.

One would have thought that our moral betters would have been so appalled by this situation that a massive effort at reformation and renewal would have been pursued.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Rather, the poverty industrial complex has been on a unending campaign to prevent any reform and to expand failed policies to new areas of our society.

What if, after a couple more generations of soul crushing hopelessness the supposed beneficiaries of the Welfare State reject both the policies and motivations of the Progressive Left (or perhaps it’s already beginning)?  Or, what if the response is massive civil unrest and violence?  Might not those who today appear to be unassailably moral tomorrow be seen as incompetent fools or heartless hypocrites, or worse?

Isn’t it also possible that the consequences of these decisions will be reappraised in a negative light by the general population?  After all, the money borrowed by the government to fund these and many other ineffective, unsustainable programs are nothing other than promises that future generations will pay for our present excesses.  Regardless of if you are upper middle class or poor in the future, the weight of that massive debt will constrain (or destroy) economic opportunity.

The only hope may be for the Progressive Left to continue blocking education reform to the point that no-one in the future knows how to count.



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The progressive advance of our moral and intellectual “betters!”

I know that you too can play this game against me (actually, you have been all my life).  The difference is that I already know that, as a sinner, my thoughts and actions, despite my best attempts, will fall tragically short of moral perfection.  And, since I know this about myself I understand that it’s essential that my ideas be subjected to critical appraisal for anything approaching “the good” to emerge.

Without the constitutional right of free speech there’s no hope that all ideas will be subjected to this essential process.  I guess that’s the reason that it so terrifies our supposed moral and intellectual “betters.”

For there is nothing so frightening to a narcissist than the possibility that their presumed perfection will be exposed as a folly and fraud.  There is simply no length to which they will go, including shameless physical violence, to repulse that threat.  Yes, narcissism permeates every crevice of our society.  But its demons have found a particularly hospitable home in the radical Progressive Left.  Most people today are too intimidated to say this out loud, but in the future that protective cloak may have dissipated to the point that the full force of judgement may be applied.

Perhaps you condemners of David, our Founding Fathers and all the rest of us “deplorables” should begin the painful process of climbing down from your false presumptions of superiority.  Then we can once again begin to address together those intractable issues that so bedevil this fallen world.

King David: Warrior and Poet After God’s Own Heart (14)

King Saul and David (1 Samuel 18)

In the previous post I introduced the concept of narcissism.  Perhaps a working definition is needed prior to  proceeding:

extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.

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Echo and Narcissus* – John W. Waterhouse (1903)

The Narcissism of our Present Age

The core conceit of current narcissism is this:

The evidence-less presumption that I and my like-minded comrades stand at the absolute pinnacle of human virtue.  Therefore, anyone who deviates from my worldview, regardless of if they are my contemporaries or lived centuries earlier, can be motivated only by a combination of inexcusable stupidity and evil.

man-selfieAlthough the above description is useful in a general sense, there remains a significant gap between it and a compelling explanation of its application to our particular time and place.  I finally ran across a passage, from a piece discussing the current situation in France (by Christopher Caldwell) that excellently fills this need (emphasis added):

Upwardly mobile urbanites, observes Guilluy, call Paris “the land of possibilities,” the “ideapolis.” One is reminded of Richard Florida and other extollers of the “Creative Class.” The good fortune of Creative Class members appears (to them) to have nothing to do with any kind of capitalist struggle. Never have conditions been more favorable for deluding a class of fortunate people into thinking that they owe their privilege to being nicer, or smarter, or more honest, than everyone else. Why would they think otherwise? They never meet anyone who disagrees with them. The immigrants with whom the creatives share the city are dazzlingly different, exotic, even frightening, but on the central question of our time—whether the global economic system is working or failing—they see eye to eye. “Our Immigrants, Our Strength,” was the title of a New York Times op-ed signed by London mayor Sadiq Khan, New York mayor Bill de Blasio, and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo after September’s terrorist bomb blasts in New York. This estrangement is why electoral results around the world last year—from Brexit to the election of Donald Trump—proved so difficult to anticipate. Those outside the city gates in la France périphérique are invisible, their wishes incomprehensible. It’s as if they don’t exist. But they do.

Yes, there is no doubt in my mind that these “fortunate people” are deluded to a degree that is nothing short of scandalous.  That they occupy the pinnacle of power in our nations can only be explained by a monumental failure of the temporal Christian church, parenthood, government, education and media, among others.  This is what civilizational failure looks like.  In the following post I will address the central delusion that has resulted in this sorry situation.



*Echo and Narcissus is a myth from Ovid‘s Metamorphoses, a Latin mythological epic from the Augustan Age.

King David: Warrior and Poet After God’s Own Heart (13)

David-to-SaulKing Saul and David (1 Samuel 18)

The Thoughtless Outrage

When some contemporary Christians read this passage the reaction is one of visceral outrage.

27 David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their foreskins. They counted out the full number to the king

These Christians read this troubling description of massacre and mutilation from a presumed position of moral superiority that allows unmitigated disgust at the savagery of this primitive culture.  They also sometimes respond by openly questioning the legitimacy of the Old Testament’s witness.

While I don’t in the slightest argue that this passage isn’t troubling to virtually everyone, Christian or not (including me), I do believe that there is an equally troubling lack of historical context and self-awareness in play.  For, King Saul, David and the entire nation of Israel found themselves enmeshed in a system of zero-sum conflict that existed throughout the ancient world.  To them (and their enemies) this situation of open-ended warfare was just “how this world operates.”  Thus, concepts such as “peaceful coexistence” and “a rising tide lifts all ships” would have been incomprehensible to these ancient peoples.  We have had the benefit of 3,000 years of human experience that they simply did not.

We need not go back 3,000 years to find a similar lack of historical understanding in play.  Consider the currently popular Progressive Leftist drive to discredit and erase the names of our nation’s founding fathers.  Besides the unconscionable fact that they were generally male, the fact that many of them either owned slaves or appeared to be accepting of this horrific institution’s existence is enough to convict them of utter evil.

However, while I totally agree that slavery was (and is) a morally monstrous, reprehensible institution that needed to be eradicated, I can yet understand how our founding fathers could have, within the context of their time, managed to live oblivious to this reality.  For, in their time, slavery was an institution that had existed in human civilization since literally the beginning of known history.  Thus, a person living then could easily have just accepted this moral outrage as something of a given.

I realize that this discussion is very dangerous, given that the cloud of faux moral superiors, disregarding any nuance of thought that doesn’t advance their  ideology, is always poised to attack.   However, someone needs to explain these things or the mad rush to obliterate our entire civilizational heritage will certainly succeed.

Is it possible to, while fully acknowledging that our founding fathers accepted what future generations correctly recognize to be an utterly evil system, yet give great credit to them for founding a nation that aspired to the propositionthat all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness“?  Did not this aspiration, though unrealized at the time (some likely did realize it), not a mere eight decades later fuel the eradication of slavery from the United States through a great and terrible Civil War?

Returning to David, aside from their purposeful disinterest in historical perspective, I think that these outraged Christians are driven by anger that God would have used a flawed man, molded by his own particular environment, as a means for advancing His purposes.  How dare God not miraculously create a person who, 3,000 years ago, lived up to the presumed moral perfection of, who, why themselves!

tornadoThis is the crux of their fury.  As I intend to demonstrate, there is a failure of self-awareness and self-righteousness at work here that literally deforms the human soul.  As a result, all sympathy, curiosity, context and humaneness is crushed down into a hard, cruel core of narcissistic judgmentalism.