What Sustains Progressivism

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…

Morning Reading

Some worthwhile articles you may have missed this week that are worth your time –

Charles Hugh Smith posted “Debt Has No Consequences? Color Me Skeptical” destroying our most ubiquitous self-delusion.

James Kunstler wrote “Gimme Shelter” – “The whole thing has turned into some kind of nonstop Kardashian tranny monster truck shit-show of manufactured melodrama and lost causes, inducing a kind of global nausea that may ultimately prove more fatal than the rising surface temperature and melting icecaps” is just a taste.

Danielle DiMartino Booth provided a well written view of the UK election with “The U.K. Election: An Outsider Looking In.”

Nouriel Roubini observed “The Global Recovery’s Downside Risks.”

Jeffrey P. Snider provides great analysis with “Signs of Something, Just Not Wage Acceleration.”

Enjoy!

Quote Of The Day

Quote of the Day: “This is one of the things I find funny about the radical Left protests on campus…. You want to have it both ways. You want to be a fledgling member of the elite and a champion of the underprivileged. So, how narcissistic can you get? You want to have all the benefits of having all of the benefits, and you want to have all the benefits of having none of the benefits, because just having all the benefits isn’t enough for you.” –  Jordon Peterson, University of Toronto Psychology Professor

Toxic Progressives

Progressives are like the people you invite over for dinner and who then spend the entire evening complaining about your decor and telling you how you improperly prepared the meal while they spend the evening passing gas – and when they finally leave you discover they stole your jewelry and deodorant. I am not alleging that any individual Progressive would do this – but as a group it is exactly how they behave in regard to politics, the economy and the culture. They simply feel entitled to be rude, tell you what a deficient human you are and take what they want out of the jewelry box. Other people are simply objects to be used in fulfilling their emotional and material needs.

Individually they may never steal or be rude – as a group they feel fully entitled to do those things.

That the rest of us are not going to be inviting them over anymore due to their toxicity has completely escaped their notice – they believe if you do not provide them a venue to be rude and steal that it is due to your being a racist, a xenophobe, a homophobe – what ever excuse they can make for why others will no longer tolerate their behavior.

Progressives have to work hard to make Trump, Ryan and McConnell look like the clear political preference – but Progressives clear that hurdle in street shoes. The level of obtuseness that Progressives have attained is remarkable – perhaps unprecedented in America. The Progressives particular blend of self-righteousness, arrogance, bigotry and viciousness continues to significantly diminish their electoral prospects. Here is what Floyd Ciruli, Democrat pollster, had to say this week:

“Democrats have rage, but as of yet, no victories. In Kansas and Montana congressional replacement elections, they got close, but still lost. Some party leaders recognize the problem. Just being against Donald Trump is not enough. It will not win over independent and moderate swing votes. Also, the Democratic agenda must appeal to voters that are not part of the party’s core issue and identity politics.

Unfortunately, the party lacks new leadership that appears capable of offering innovative directions or believable solutions. Joe Biden was an interesting candidate in the 1980s and 1990s, not in the 2020s; Nancy Pelosi should have retired in 2010; and Hillary Clinton may blame James Comey and the Russians, but it was her e-mail server and poorly conducted campaign that is mostly to blame for 2016 loss.

And then there is Bernie Sanders, whose primary challenge did much to expose Clinton’s flaws, now offering his bankruptcy-inducing single-payer plan, which dominates the current Democratic Party’s health care debate. The party is moving dramatically left on issues, which will ill-position it for the 2018 or 2020 elections.”

Followed by:

“The Democratic Party should normally pick up seats in a new president’s first mid-term election. When a president is highly polarizing and at 40 percent approval, there is opportunity for sweeping gains. But, with few new leaders and a D.C.-driven agenda from the ideological left winning 24 House and 3 Senate seats and some new governorships could be much more difficult in 2018.”

Allow me to provide a stark example of the toxicity of the Democrat party moving dramatically left. Earlier this week in the Senate Budget Committee hearing of nominee Russell Vought, Bernie Sanders ask, “You wrote, ‘Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.’ Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?”

Vought wrote that at the time he was working for Wheaton College. Vought responded, “Absolutely not, senator. I’m a Christian, and I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith. That post, as I stated in the questionnaire to this committee, was to defend my alma mater, Wheaton College, a Christian school that has a statement of faith that includes the centrality of Jesus Christ for salvation, and …”

Sanders interrupted with, “I apologize. Forgive me, we just don’t have a lot of time. Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned? Is that your view?”

Before Vought could respond Sanders again interrupted with, “I understand you are a Christian, but this country are made of people who are not just — I understand that Christianity is the majority religion, but there are other people of different religions in this country and around the world. In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”

“As a Christian, I believe that all individuals are made in the image of God and are worthy of dignity and respect regardless of their religious beliefs. I believe that as a Christian that’s how I should treat all individuals,” was the response of Vought.

There is no doubt a distinct minority of American voters who will agree with the position Bernie Sanders staked out in this hearing. The majority of Americans will find Sanders position – and the Progressive position – of instituting a de facto religious litmus test for government service to be beyond repulsive. Implying that if a person has an orthodox Christian belief system they are to be excluded from government service – and indeed a further implication that they are some how Islamophobic and to be excluded from polite society – is beyond politically toxic. Yet for Progressives, who are currently transitioning to a ‘we are martyrs’ motif as a response to Trump, it will be adopted within the Leftist bubble as evidence of how open minded they are and how bigoted everyone else outside the bubble is.

And they wonder why they keep losing to the likes of Trump, Ryan and McConnell as their toxicity continues to electorally isolate them to mere pockets of support.

Obtuse does not even begin to define these people.

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