Progressive Thought, Updated

 
  • Gender is a social construct; there are no differences between the sexes. All men are bad.
  • Race is a social construct; there are no differences between the races. All white people are bad.
  • No culture is better than another. Western Civilization is bad.
  • Diversity of skin color is good. Diversity of thought is bad.
  • Religion leads to conflict and war. Islam is the religion of peace.
  • An especially harsh winter in one part of the globe does not disprove global warming. A single extreme weather event proves it.
  • Marriage is oppression. Opposing same-sex marriage is oppression.
  • There are no absolute truths. Absolutely.
  • The Left’s violence is free speech. The Right’s free speech is violence.
  • White silence is violence. White speech is violence.
  • Segregation is bad. Separate black college dorms and black graduation ceremonies are good.
  • Stereotyping people is wrong. All white people are racist oppressors.
  • “White flight” from inner cities is bad. White migration to inner cities (aka “gentrification”) is bad.
  • Diversity strengthens us by bringing in different viewpoints. Adopting diverse viewpoints is “cultural appropriation.”
  • Government must be directed by the will of the people. Government must be directed by a technocracy that is shielded from politics.
  • Merited success condemns merited failure, therefore no success is merited.
  • The Constitution is a living document. The Supreme Court’s “Roe v Wade” decision is carved in stone.
  • Raising the cost of cigarettes will discourage people from smoking. Raising the cost of employing workers will not discourage businesses from hiring.
  • Slavery – an economic system in which people can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is bad. Social Justice – a philosophy that holds that “the oppressed” can arbitrarily demand others’ time, labor, and produce – is good.
  • Monopoly by corporations – which must satisfy their customers to survive – is bad. Monopoly by government – which can use deadly force to survive – is good.

Additions from comments:

  • Voter fraud is when Republicans get elected. We stuff ballot boxes to prevent voter fraud.
  • We must defund police departments that oppress left-wing rioters, looters, and arsonists. We must increase funding for police departments that protect our gated communities and that arrest Christians who refuse to wear masks while worshiping outdoors.
  • The ATF, CFTC, CPSC, DEA, EEOC, EPA, FAA, FCA, FDA, FCC, FDIC, FERC, FHA, FRA, FTC, NLRB, NRC, OSHA, SEC, and Federal Reserve regulatory agencies must be strengthened because unfettered capitalism is failing.
  • Nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, and natural gas power plants have been banned in California and must be banned throughout the country. Free enterprise has failed to keep the lights on in California.
  • We must teach our children that 2+2=5. Unemployment is rising among high school and college graduates, proving the failure of capitalism.
  • Our ideas are contradictory only in the light of Western logic – a patriarchal and racist tool of oppression.
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  1. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    That’s the most brilliant thing I’ve read in a while…

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  2. Arahant Member
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    Fairly comprehensive. Shouldn’t there be something about defunding the police? Then when citizens defend themselves from the mob, the first words from the left are, “Somebody call the police.”

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  3. Percival Thatcher
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    You left out the part where logic is a tool of the Patriarchy.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    You left out the part where logic is a tool of the Patriarchy.

    And math, too, but they want their paychecks to be for the full amount.

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  5. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    @PaulStinchfield

    Diversity of thought is good when the left is weak, but bad when the left is strong enough to silence opponents:

    Calvin and Maud'Dib

    (from the excellent Calvin and Maud’Dib)

    • #5
  6. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Reagan
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    @GLDIII

    Don’t you understand the intellectual power of holding two opposing, and completely contradictory points, when it suits your immediate needs to destroy those you hate?

    Supposedly for having the temerity of using logic against your unbalance world views?

    • #6
  7. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Well put.

    • #7
  8. John M. Member
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    Excellent!

    • #8
  9. Jon1979 Lincoln
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    @Jon1979

    For the COVID mask rules/BLM and Antifa protests, there’s the dichotomy that:

    Laws must be obeyed or violators will face justice. Laws must be disobeyed in the name of justice.

    • #9
  10. Ekosj Member
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    @Ekosj

    The funniest part is that if I showed this to my Leftist acquaintances their reply would be …

    ”You finally get it!”

    • #10
  11. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    Laws must be obeyed or violators will face justice. Laws must be disobeyed in the name of justice.

    In the view of Wise Progressive Minds, the law is whatever they want at the moment.

    • #11
  12. Richard Fulmer Inactive
    Richard Fulmer
    @RichardFulmer

    Okay everybody, help me with the wording:

    • Voter fraud is when Republicans get elected. We stuff ballot boxes to prevent voter fraud.
    • We must defund police departments that oppress left-wing rioters, looters, and arsonists. We must increase funding for police departments that protect our gated communities and that arrest Christians who refuse to wear masks while worshiping outdoors.
    • The ATF, CFTC, CPSC, DEA, EEOC, EPA, FAA, FCA, FDA, FCC, FDIC, FERC, FHA, FRA, FTC, NLRB, NRC, OSHA, SEC, and Federal Reserve regulatory agencies must be strengthened because unfettered capitalism is failing.
    • Nuclear, coal, hydroelectric, and natural gas power plants have been banned in California and must be banned throughout the country. Free enterprise has failed to keep the lights on in California.
    • We must teach our children that 2+2=5. Unemployment is rising among high school and college graduates, proving the failure of capitalism.
    • Our ideas are contradictory only in the light of Western logic – a patriarchal and racist tool of oppression.
    • #12
  13. Old Bathos Moderator
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    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson, celebrity, influencer

    The “I’m OK You’re OK but society and our culture suck” notion can be traced in large measure to this narcissistic twit. Notions of personal authenticity (“my truth”) and pseudo-religious respect for nature were also his trademarks. Giving lectures to that era’s equivalent of liberal suburban weenies and leaving then all atwitter with his cutting edge, almost bad-boy rejection of traditional religion and politics for a living, he was the equivalent of a media figure.

    Progressives immunize themselves against logic or empirical reasoning by using feelings and personal aesthetics as a moral guide under the delusion that this represents the epitome of personal autonomy and freedom. Progressivism combines the worst of commercial mass-marketing with horrific political ideas all with a patina of moral and intellectual superiority while anesthetizing the human locus within each of its followers where intellect and conscience should meet thus creating “a herd of independent minds” oblivious to moral and logical contradiction.

    • #13
  14. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson, celebrity, influencer

    The “I’m OK You’re OK but society and our culture suck” notion can be traced in large measure to this narcissistic twit. Notions of personal authenticity (“my truth”) and pseudo-religious respect for nature were also his trademarks. Giving lectures to that era’s equivalent of liberal suburban weenies and leaving then all atwitter with his cutting edge, almost bad-boy rejection of traditional religion and politics for a living, he was the equivalent of a media figure.

    Progressives immunize themselves against logic or empirical reasoning by using feelings and personal aesthetics as a moral guide under the delusion that this represents the epitome of personal autonomy and freedom. Progressivism combines the worst of commercial mass-marketing with horrific political ideas all with a patina of moral and intellectual superiority while anesthetizing the human locus within each of its followers where intellect and conscience should meet thus creating “a herd of independent minds” oblivious to moral and logical contradiction.

    Emerson was indeed a twit. Perhaps his need for rhythmic balance was the only reason for the word “foolish,” but it is there nonetheless. Our problem is that the number of fools has been increasing.

    • #14
  15. Maguffin Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    You left out the part where logic is a tool of the Patriarchy.

    And math, too, but they want their paychecks to be for the full amount.

    Well, every example where this is discussed I see it as them saying 2+2 = 5 is valid, so maybe they are just requesting a pay increase?

    • #15
  16. Flicker Coolidge
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    @Flicker

    The police are under no requirement to protect you, you must protect yourself. But if you protect yourself, you go to jail because you should have left it to the police.

    • #16
  17. Percival Thatcher
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    Maguffin (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    You left out the part where logic is a tool of the Patriarchy.

    And math, too, but they want their paychecks to be for the full amount.

    Well, every example where this is discussed I see it as them saying 2+2 = 5 is valid, so maybe they are just requesting a pay increase?

    Give them 4 and call it 5. They won’t be able to do anything about it.

    • #17
  18. Flicker Coolidge
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    @Flicker

    Percival (View Comment):

    You left out the part where logic is a tool of the Patriarchy.

    A: Logic is the pernicious tool of the oppressive Patriarchy.

    B: How do you know?

    A: It stands to reason.

    • #18
  19. Vance Richards Member
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    We believe in science! Biology . . . ?

    • #19
  20. Django Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson, celebrity, influencer

    The “I’m OK You’re OK but society and our culture suck” notion can be traced in large measure to this narcissistic twit. Notions of personal authenticity (“my truth”) and pseudo-religious respect for nature were also his trademarks. Giving lectures to that era’s equivalent of liberal suburban weenies and leaving then all atwitter with his cutting edge, almost bad-boy rejection of traditional religion and politics for a living, he was the equivalent of a media figure.

    Progressives immunize themselves against logic or empirical reasoning by using feelings and personal aesthetics as a moral guide under the delusion that this represents the epitome of personal autonomy and freedom. Progressivism combines the worst of commercial mass-marketing with horrific political ideas all with a patina of moral and intellectual superiority while anesthetizing the human locus within each of its followers where intellect and conscience should meet thus creating “a herd of independent minds” oblivious to moral and logical contradiction.

    Emerson was indeed a twit. Perhaps his need for rhythmic balance was the only reason for the word “foolish,” but it is there nonetheless. Our problem is that the number of fools has been increasing.

    Here’s a possible explanation: 

    The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. – Herbert Spencer

    • #20
  21. Henry Racette Contributor
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    Well done, sir.

    • #21
  22. Richard Fulmer Inactive
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    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    We believe in science! Biology . . . ?

    How about something like:

    We believe in science. We don’t believe in the First Law of Thermodynamics (you can’t get something for nothing).

    • #22
  23. Flicker Coolidge
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    The police are under no requirement to protect you, you must protect yourself. But if you protect yourself, you go to jail because you should have left it to the police.

    Another way of saying this is: You don’t need guns to defend yourself, that’s why we have trained police; now defund the police.

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  24. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Django (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson, celebrity, influencer

    The “I’m OK You’re OK but society and our culture suck” notion can be traced in large measure to this narcissistic twit. Notions of personal authenticity (“my truth”) and pseudo-religious respect for nature were also his trademarks. Giving lectures to that era’s equivalent of liberal suburban weenies and leaving then all atwitter with his cutting edge, almost bad-boy rejection of traditional religion and politics for a living, he was the equivalent of a media figure.

    Progressives immunize themselves against logic or empirical reasoning by using feelings and personal aesthetics as a moral guide under the delusion that this represents the epitome of personal autonomy and freedom. Progressivism combines the worst of commercial mass-marketing with horrific political ideas all with a patina of moral and intellectual superiority while anesthetizing the human locus within each of its followers where intellect and conscience should meet thus creating “a herd of independent minds” oblivious to moral and logical contradiction.

    Emerson was indeed a twit. Perhaps his need for rhythmic balance was the only reason for the word “foolish,” but it is there nonetheless. Our problem is that the number of fools has been increasing.

    Here’s a possible explanation:

    The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.Herbert Spencer

    That is a wonderful quote.

    • #24
  25. James Anderson Member
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    I am so glad that these clear, logically consistent, rules are enforced by totalitarian tech that is so benevolent that if it detects that it can’t bend you to its will, is kind enough to disappear you. 

    • #25
  26. Manny Member
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    Oh this is brilliant. Can I copy the bullets and send them to friends?

    • #26
  27. Ontheleftcoast Inactive
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    Those who don’t know [expletive] from Shinola teach:

    Our public schools are run, for the most part, by liberal administrators, and teachers are drawn, usually, from the lowest quadrant of academic ability among college graduates. There are exceptions, of course, but the overall level of instruction in the public schools is abysmal. And that isn’t the worst of it: teachers who are marginally able, at best, to teach the subjects for which they are nominally responsible often devote themselves to political indoctrination instead.

    Most such forays into left-wing mythology go unreported, but occasionally an enterprising kid turns on his phone and records a teacher’s rant. That happened a few weeks ago in a 9th grade Geography class in a suburban Twin Cities high school:

    Listen to the audio at the link. Am I the only one who thinks those hissing esses are very common in the mouths of Leftist women?

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  28. Percival Thatcher
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    Ontheleftcoast (View Comment):

    Those who don’t know [expletive] from Shinola teach:

    Our public schools are run, for the most part, by liberal administrators, and teachers are drawn, usually, from the lowest quadrant of academic ability among college graduates. There are exceptions, of course, but the overall level of instruction in the public schools is abysmal. And that isn’t the worst of it: teachers who are marginally able, at best, to teach the subjects for which they are nominally responsible often devote themselves to political indoctrination instead.

    Most such forays into left-wing mythology go unreported, but occasionally an enterprising kid turns on his phone and records a teacher’s rant. That happened a few weeks ago in a 9th grade Geography class in a suburban Twin Cities high school:

    Listen to the audio at the link. Am I the only one who thinks those hissing esses are very common in the mouths of Leftist women?

    That was a lot of stoopid to cram into two-and-a-half minutes. If she hadn’t gone into education, she could have been VP of Marketing by now.

    • #28
  29. tigerlily Member
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    Well done Richard.

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  30. Richard Fulmer Inactive
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    Manny (View Comment):

    Oh this is brilliant. Can I copy the bullets and send them to friends?

    Sure. Please send me any additions that your friends make!

    • #30