The Progressive Disintegration

By Bruce Thornton

snowflake-millennialsThe self-destruction of so many failed progressive gods.

A month ago, progressives were having a conniption fit over Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the election. So of course, now that Trump has won, they are rioting, vandalizing, staging “cry-ins,” ditching class, group-hugging, tweeting threats, calling names, seeking counseling, and doing everything in their power to make sure that their party declines even further. If this behavior continues, and if––a big “if” –– Trump governs the way he promised, we may be witnessing the start of the progressive disintegration.

Start with the melting snowflake millennials, all those “cocksure women and hensure men,” as D.H. Lawrence once described feminists of both sexes. These layabouts have become used to throwing tantrums whenever they don’t like something or they feel “unsafe.” Most of them are spoiled brats, the pampered detritus of the middle class. But don’t forget the Alinskyite activists who manipulate these juveniles and bus them in on George Soros’ dime. These two-bit Leninists are adept at using “useful idiots” in order to further their aim of destroying America’s political and social order. They’re skilled at manipulating empty slogans like “income inequality,” “fair share,” “social justice,” “diversity,” “inclusion,” and all the other bumper-sticker bromides in order to consolidate and increase their power and influence.

If the delicate millennial Eloi were really interested in reforming their team instead of indulging phony moral exhibitionism, they would start with the Democrat party. No true leftist would have sat still for the nomination of a candidate so obviously part of the fat-cat ruling class as Hillary Clinton. (And no, he wouldn’t be happy with Bernie Sanders either, a bumbling blowhard who thinks imitating Sweden’s “social democracy” ––which means an overregulated capitalism leavened with over-generous social welfare benefits––is somehow an epochal revolutionary change.) It was electoral malfeasance to choose a geriatric insider and establishment plutocrat with no charisma and a long record of abusing her privilege and power. So, kiddies, go protest against the DNC and Barack Obama. They’re the reason the Republican party is the strongest it’s been since 1928.

Next, look at yourselves. As Piers Morgan––no conservative he––said recently, “The tragic truth is that America’s millennials are a bunch of phone-addicted, selfie-obsessed, hashtagging, snapchatting, kale-munching, twerking, lazy, whining, ill-informed, politically correct, cossetted narcissists who find absolutely everything mortally offensive and believe there are 165 ways to sexually identify.” It follows that your politics are merely symbolic, expressions of your inflated self-regard, privileged life-style, and arrogant pretensions to sophistication and intelligence. Unsurprisingly, as Morgan points out, according to the National Institutes of Health, 40% of you think you should be promoted every two years despite performance, 77% of you can’t name a senator from your home state, and 80% of you think you’ll be richer than your parents, even as you pile up student debt earning junk “studies” degrees utterly useless for employment in the real world.

In contrast to symbolic politics, real politics is grubby hard work: knocking on doors, registering voters, and not just preaching to the choir, but converting new voters. Follow Obama’s advice to Republicans three years ago: “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election” (HT Cal Thomas). By the way, you won’t win many elections by demonizing nearly half of voters as ignorant, racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and cisgendered “irredeemable deplorables.”

More important, you need to vote. Only half of your 24-million-strong cohort voted in this election. You also need to understand that not everybody between the ages of 18-29 thinks exactly like you. Thirty-seven percent of millennials voted for Donald Trump. Instead of crying and vandalizing and screaming question-begging epithets, you should figure out how to talk to your fellow millennials and make persuasive, fact-based arguments based on coherent principles. But of course, if you could do that, you wouldn’t be progressives.

Then there are the Dems. They long ago embraced a balkanizing identity politics based mainly on demonizing those white voters who pulled the lever for Trump. They pander incessantly to race hucksters and rich women and sleek “Hispanics,” most of whom never cut grapes or even speak Spanish. They embrace counter-factual nonsense like “white privilege,” when they of all people should know that the color of privilege in America is the currency shade of green. They and their wholly owned subsidiaries, the mainstream media and the educational industry, enforce a preposterous political correctness that is intellectually lazy and morally bankrupt. They trade in group-identities often based on stereotypes and generalizations that old-school Jim Crow segregationists relied on. The blatant hypocrisy of a political correctness that never protects Christians, poor whites, or conservatives finally angered enough voters to set aside their distaste for Trump and put him in office.

Yet despite that rebuke, after the election the Democrat elite indulged the same old nonsense. The tried to play the “sexist” card to explain Hillary’s defeat, posited a preposterous “whitelash” of racists, tarred the careerist James Comey as a Republican mole, whined about the Electoral College while trying to suborn Electors, conjured up sinister Klansmen and alt-right storm-troopers, insulted 49 million Americans as haters, and prophesized an imminent fascist coup engineered by Trump’s goose-stepping Goebbels, Steve Bannon. Rather than come up with new ideas, they’re doubling-down on the stale paradigm that demography guarantees them a permanent coalition comprising various identity-groups united by the promise of more set-asides and wealth redistribution, and bicoastal plutocrats who compensate for their privilege by catering to the minority masses they make sure never enter their gated compounds except to make the beds and mow the lawn. They don’t consider that Trump’s victory could make that plan obsolete if he follows through on his promise to tighten up on immigration.

Finally, instead of rethinking their exploded economic myths and abandoning a divisive identity politics, many Dems want to keep steaming full speed ahead toward the next electoral iceberg. Look at the two candidates touted as replacements for the tarnished DNC interim chair Donna Brazile. Howard “Screaming” Dean, erstwhile presidential candidate and governor of a state with fewer people than Fresno County, is a tax-and-spend, “fair share,” regulation-happy, identity politics tribune and radical egalitarian redistributionist of the kind whose policies have given us sluggish growth, job-killing regulations, and astronomical debt. The other choice is Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a zealous Muslim convert by way of the ultra-racist Nation of Islam. He is tainted with anti-Semitism, apologetics for Iran and terrorists like Hamas, virulent hatred of Israel, wacky 9-11 conspiracy theories, and the usual progressive blame-America-first foreign policy and magical-thinking economics. No surprise that he has been endorsed by the Jacobin Cherokee Elizabeth Warren, and ex-Senator Harry Reid, Obama’s legislative Luca Brasi.

The few sane Democrats counseling a change of course are unlikely to halt the self-destruction of so many failed progressive gods. Only Trump can prevent that “consummation devoutly to be wished” by failing to keep his campaign promises.

Where did these people get these ideas in the first place?

The dumbing down in education is deliberate and long in coming. In part it’s a reaction to change: the industrial revolution demolished the old order and produced an intellectual class who longed to return to the days when the sons of the aristocracy ruled the land, but were displaced by their inferiors, the sons of the merchant (bourgeois) class. So, how to get back on top?

Enlarge the administrative state to place your class in positions of power over the merchant class. This requires a change in educating the masses to prepare them to be obedient workers and soldiers. It requires a change in how the elites are educated who must be convinced that they are intellectually superior and therefore morally superior. It follows that it’s ethical to supplant the wishes of the masses with their superior wisdom and guidance. Public education is the perfect vehicle to train the masses, but the elite schools needed changes as well.

It’s been said that in a religious school you’ll be taught that the greatest obstacle you’ll face in the world is yourself. In a progressive school, you’ll learn that the greatest obstacle you’ll face in the world is the United States and the traditional culture and capitalist system that is its main source of power. It’s no accident that class warfare, identity politics and environmentalism have taken on the air of a religion, complete with dogmatic sayings and zealous high priests who denounce heretics and excommunicate anyone who questions the party line.

In order to shift the paradigm from limited government to an unlimited one, or even global governance, you first deal with the ideas that most people accept without consideration; it’s the philosophy, stupid! Although Dewey formalized the concept of pragmatism to train teachers’ colleges away from traditional approaches of learning, I see that as a minor prelude to the real danger.

Cultural Marxism is as good a term as I’ve heard. Communist intellectuals from Germany, collectively known as the Frankfurt School, fled fascism and entered Princeton, which became Ground Zero for the spread of a nihilistic creed called deconstructionism. This faux-intellectualism analyzes everything into race, class and gender. It annihilates individualism and forces people into groups where social forces determine behavior rather than personal traits, and destroys the notion of personal responsibility. It’s against any absolute standards.

One example to make the point: a Black intellectual said he believes blacks and whites are equal. Therefore, if there’s a discrepancy in arrests, income or grades, that’s evidence of structural racism. Do you see the fallacy in the premise? If one argues that the groups are not equal, you appear to be a racist and you risk losing the debate in the first 10 seconds. You’re left with looking for ways that the state can correct these problems by redistributing money and giving preferential treatment in colleges and employment. If you explain that people are not members of groups but individuals with a diverse range of talents and ambition, then you start looking at behaviors that help or hurt an individual succeed, such as parenting, community safety, sobriety, education, deferred gratification (especially in having children too young) and economic opportunity.

Group think supports the concept of moral relativism and racism, and its derivative, multiculturalism, which is nothing more than anti-Western culture and anti-capitalism. Moral relativism leads to moral confusion, apathy, anger at others who have succeeded, appeasement on the international stage, and the disintegration of the culture into warring special interests. The masses grow fearful of one another and become dependent on the administrative state for security. Improperly educated people who learn self-esteem over accomplishment will become dependent, cry-bullies easily led by their dogmatic leaders. They are the vanguard of the coming revolution.