Yesterday I posted as to the ever increasing toxicity of Progressives – which leads to the logical question of why do pockets of the country still support Progressivism? Why do states such as California, Illinois and New York seem politically dominated by Progressives, not to mention the major media, Hollywood, and so forth being dominated by Progressives?
That is a good and legitimate question which I will answer.
The most direct answer is that billionaires the world over support Progressivism. Seemingly endless amounts of money are available for organizing, marketing, buying people off – you name it. The money is there. I detailed not too long ago how Progressives are the tools of the 1%. It is true. Nearly every policy the Progressives support is, at the end of the day, simply a wealth transfer from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. I will repeat Hayek for the thousandth time – “If socialist understood economics they wouldn’t be socialist.” If Progressives understood economics then Progressivism would have about as much popular support as bringing back the Tsar.
Rank-and-file Progressives will go to almost any length in order to avoid acquiring the knowledge needed to make the connection between what they advocate for – in an increasingly violent manner – and transferring wealth to the 1%. As they condemn the billionaires – the very same billionaires who fund them! – as ‘capitalist’ they have been indoctrinated to conveniently ignore that the overwhelming majority of these billionaires have no interest what so ever in a free market. These billionaires are not capitalist – they are statist. These billionaires believe in enhancing and growing their wealth through the force of the state and that force is implemented via legislation, regulation, policy and court decisions. The very same legislation, regulation, policy and court decisions the Progressives argue in favor of.
Most modern Progressives will argue vehemently that they are not Marxist – in truth the Marxist view of the world is the view they have fundamentally adopted. Consequently the reality that leftist movements are always and inevitably co-opted as mechanisms of wealth transfer from the poor and middle class to the elite is simply not a truth which can be arrived at with the Marxist world view they hold. This was the great blind spot of Karl Marx – the elite would be in league with the socialist in order to enrich themselves. In retrospect it makes perfect logical sense – but from the Progressives inherently Marxist view of the world it simply cannot be the case hence they reject that possibility out of hand.
The idea that the fundamental battle is between the state, and those in league with the state in order to enrich themselves, and the individual whom the state wish to implement force against in order to extract wealth and limit the opportunity to compete against those in league with the state – simply does not fit within the Marxist paradigm that the Progressives have adopted and it follows that the Progressives reject that possibility out of hand.
That Progressivism exist primarily due to the support of those in league with the state in order to enrich themselves is a reality which rank-and-file Progressives cannot concede without destroying not just the ideology but the sense of inherent superiority which Progressivism has instilled in its’ adherents. It is difficult to admit that you are not only that gullible but that all those whom you have called racist, xenophobic and homophobic are actually the people standing against the 1% while the Progressives were doing the bidding for the 1%.
What a conundrum…