The Progressive: An Autopsy

by Jefferson White

Its a tough job, but someone has to do it.

What is the core belief of the progressive?  Is it possible to summarize that belief in a single sentence? It is possible.

A progressive is someone who believes in the equality of all human identities.

Here is the essential progressive belief. But this statement is somewhat static. Let us attempt a more dynamic construction.

A progressive is someone who is personally engaged in creating a new society in which all human identities will be made equal.

This is the core progressive belief.

But what does it mean to believe in the “the equality of all human identities?” And the most direct answer to this question is that this belief means nothing at all, that it is a form of delusional thinking. 

It is delusional in two respects.

First, it is delusional from the standpoint of empirical evidence. And that evidence is overwhelming, at least for those who are not in the grips of the progressive delusion.

Second, it is delusional from the standpoint of logic. Just as there can be no such thing as a “square circle,” there can be no such thing as an “equality of identities.” The word “equal” means “the same.” And if all human identities are the same, then there are no human identities. There is only the one identity: that of being human. To have a real human identity is to have something that is different from – that is unequal to – every other human identity. 

The progressive is someone who is psychologically incapable of processing this reality.

Take the progressive slogan: “Celebrate diversity!” If that slogan is taken literally, it is a celebration of inequality, because that is what diversity means. But the complete progressive slogan, which is always implied and never stated, is: “Celebrate diversity because we’re all alike!” And that is a logical contradiction. Human identities either really are diverse – they are unequal – or there are no human identities.

Again: The progressive is someone who is psychologically incapable of processing this reality.

This is not because the progressive is stupid. Indeed, many progressives are quite intelligent. However, the progressive is someone who has made the conscious decision to not live in the real world. Progressive belief is a shield against the world. And this means that the more intelligent a progressive is the more delusional the progressive will be.

And this prompts a question: does any progressive really believe in “the equality of all human identities?”

However, as anyone who has dealt with a progressive knows, the progressive really does seem to believe in “the equality of all human identities.” One would expect that, if a lie detector test was given, the progressive would easily pass the test. Thus the anti-progressive is faced with a continuing social dilemma. For the anti-progressive must always keep silent whenever the progressive publicly witnesses to his faith, since any direct challenge to the core progressive belief amounts to a declaration of civil war. This is why most people keep silent whenever progressives speak or offer temporizing arguments that never directly challenge the core progressive belief.

How does the progressive rationally justify his core belief in “the equality of all human identities?”

Progressive theory transforms the concept of “human identity” so that an "identity” becomes simply a “mode” of being human. According to progressive theory, a “human identity” belongs to the individual as such. And it is only an “aspect” of that individual's “personhood.” But “human identities” have no objective reality beyond that personal identification, because that would mean that real human identities exist and that human beings are inherently unequal. 

So what any normal person would view as a real human identity, meaning an identity that exists in a radical inequality to other human identities, is to the progressive a “false belief” about the nature of reality. And furthermore, this kind of belief must be abolished by society, because such beliefs are objectively evil. Anyone who now believes that real human identities exist, meaning someone who believes that human identities are radically unequal, is someone who is a racist, a sexist, and a xenophobe. Such people are the enemies of the human race.

If you dye your hair pink, that is an expression of your personal identity. If you are a Christian, that is an expression of your personal identity. For the progressive, these are equivalent identities. However, to be a believing Christian as Christians have always understood their faith, as constituting an objective truth about the nature of reality and society, is something that will no longer be tolerated. This is because genuine Christian belief – the belief that Christ alone is truth and that Christ is Lord over all things – contradicts the core progressive truth that every human identity is equal. To the progressive mind, a "religious identity" can be nothing more than a purely personal aspiration to the divine. It can have no objective reality.

However, let us put the problem of Christian belief to one side for the moment. Let us instead focus on a different progressive belief: a belief in the existence of “101 genders.”

To the progressive, human beings can now be divided into “101 genders,” with yet more genders to be "discovered." But these "101 genders" are human identities only in the sense in which chocolate is an “identity” of ice cream. Indeed, they are the “101 flavors” of “being human,” which again is the only real identity. This multiplication of genders by the progressive is considered to be “proof” that gender is merely a “mode” of being human. And the progressive multiplies genders for a strategic reason: to make the idea of gender “fluid.” Any identity now called a “gender” no longer has an objective meaning, but is a matter of "personal identity." A gender has a meaning only for the person who claims that "gender identity."  

In reality, there are just two sexes and no genders at all. And the two sexes are real human identities, because they are radically unequal identities.

And this is something that the progressive can no longer admit. Nor will the progressive any longer tolerate someone who publicly states that there are only two sexes and no genders at all. Anyone who makes such a public statement is now guilty of “hate.”

Of course, the progressive must believe that men and women are substantively alike, since if they are substantively different the core progressive belief in the “equality of human identities” is revealed as a lie. And so the two sexes must be alike. This is why the progressive belief in the existence of 101 genders is also necessary. This is because the existence of 101 genders is “proof” that male and female are just two of the "101 human genders," all of whom are "equal."  

In short, the progressive has declared war on reality.

More precisely, the progressive has declared war on God.  The progressive promise of the coming creation of “the equality of all human identities” is the same promise that was made by Satan in Eden: "You shall be as gods."

The progressive believes that anyone who is anti-progressive is someone who is either ignorant or evil.

To the progressive, there are two kinds of anti-progressive.

First, there are those people who are ignorant. These are people who simply lack the proper education. Such people can be called “proto-progressives,” because they are in the process of becoming progressives. But second, there are those people who are willfully and consciously anti-progressive. Such people are “uneducable,” because they have deliberately refused to become enlightened. Such people are called “reactionaries” or “fascists.” They are the enemies of the human race.

The progressive fully intends that all reactionaries will be socially quarantined, publicly discredited, and publicly silenced. The future of humanity depends upon that quarantine. Today’s progressive control of the central state (meaning control of the bureaucracy, no matter who is elected), of mass education (most anti-progressives were long ago purged or silenced), and of the mass media (unfortunately the Internet has temporarily enabled the creation of anti-progressive alternatives), will make the quarantine effective. But the progressive believes that reactionary beliefs are doomed to disappear in any case, since the future of humanity requires that disappearance.

The progressive believes that he is in the process of creating a coalition of “oppressed identities” that will create the human future.

The progressive believes that there is only thing that stands in the way of the future. And that is the existence of something called “white, male privilege.” Once "white, male privilege” has been abolished, the forces of reaction will immediately dissolve and the progressive future will be created.

But there is a problem with this belief.

For the progressive's imagined coalition of “oppressed identities” is actually a collection of disparate groups of people who are far more reactionary in their beliefs than the most reactionary group of white males. To take but one example: a radically far higher percentage of ordinary blacks and Hispanics believes homosexuals to be perverts than do white males. As for that “oppressed identity” called Muslim, most Muslims believe that homosexuality should be outlawed or that homosexuals should be put to death.

And this barely scratches the surface of the "reactionary" character of these imagined “oppressed identities.”

But this does not faze the white progressive, since progressive theory tells him that these "oppressed identity groups" are  now in the process of being unified into a common “intersectional future" in which they "will fully recognize” that they all have the same interests. Progressive theory teaches that these “oppressed identity groups” are currently reactionary only because of their “oppression” at the hands of white males. Once "white, male privilege" is abolished, the dialectic of history ensures that these “oppressed identities” will be led by progressives from within their own ranks, who will then create the progressive future. White progressives actually believe that these “oppressed groups” possess no real human agency of their own, but are merely the sock puppets of the progressive revolution.

None of this has anything to do with reality.

Black people, brown people, female people, homosexual people, Muslim people: these are only a few of the “oppressed identities” whose “experience of oppression” will dialectically transform them into the human vanguard that will create the progressive revolution. White progressives really believe that “advanced individuals” within these groups are already more genuinely progressive than any white progressive, because of the “authenticity” of "their experience of oppression.”

Once again: None of this has anything to do with reality. 

However, there is one “identity group” that must remain under a permanent suspicion. This is the identity group called “white males.”

This includes even those white males who are progressives. For although the white, male progressive is engaged in an ongoing personal struggle to “overcome” his “privilege,” he remains problematic as a human being. And the white, male progressive understands this. Because he is fully progressive, he “understands” that it is his “white, male privilege” that has created the hell on earth that is humanity's past and also its present. It is his "white, male privilege" has made him the twisted creature that he is today. The white male progressive "knows" that he will become fully human only after the final progressive revolution.

The white male is to the progressive what the Jew was to the Nazi.

But there is one major difference. No Jew could ever become a member of the Aryan race, while the white, male progressive dreams of a final liberation from his oppressive identity. And this motivates him to work for the day of final revolution. The white progressive male demonstrates, through his daily commitment to his personal guilt as a white male, that he strives for the final revolution.

But as for those white males who willfully reject the core progressive belief in "the equality of all human identities," they are the enemies of the human race.

However, the anti-progressive white male is not the most evil kind of human being. This is because, in a sense, he is also a “victim.” He is the victim of his “white, male privilege.” Therefore he cannot help but be "what he is." And that means that there are human beings who are more evil than the white male.

That is any black person, any brown person, any female person, or any homosexual person, who willfully rejects progressive belief. They are more evil even than the white male because they have betrayed their own identity. In rejecting the progressive belief as delusional, they have become the willing “slaves” of "white, male privilege.” And this makes them the most degraded human being of them all.

Anyone who has ever seen a white, male progressive verbally berate an anti-progressive black male, or an anti-progressive female, has seen a burning anger that far exceeds by far any hatred that is directed at the anti-progressive white male.

But again: None of this has anything to do with reality. 

Which prompts a question: why would any human being willingly believe the nonsense that the progressive believes?

At this point, a psychological analysis is certainly called for, because the progressive seems to be suffering from a mental disorder. But while it is undoubtedly true that a far higher percentage of progressives are mentally ill than the percentage found in the general population, this would still mean that most progressives are not mentally ill. Thus a more comprehensive explanation for the existence of progressive belief is needed.

Progressivism is best understood as a pagan religious cult.

Most progressives, of course, will deny that progressivism is a religion. And in part, this denial is rationally founded. Today the word “religion” is generally understood to mean a set of beliefs about God and progressivism is not a set of beliefs about God. Also, most progressives consider belief in God to be compatible with progressive beliefs. Or, more precisely, most progressives consider belief in God to be compatible with progressive beliefs so long as belief in God is defined in progressive terms.

And here we have the key to understanding the religious character of progressivism.

But first we need an accurate definition of the word “religion.” Instead of limiting that word so that it refers only to beliefs about God, suppose that we define a “religious belief” as being any belief about the nature of reality? And if this is the accurate definition of the word “religion,” then progressivism is obviously a religion. For progressivism is a set of beliefs about the nature of reality.

Anyone who has a belief about the nature of reality has a religion.

And since every sentient human has a belief about the nature of reality, every sentient human being has a religion.

However, if progressive belief is a religion, the progressive faces a major contradiction in his system of belief. For the progressive believes that “religions” should never be allowed to define the political and social order. The progressive believes that all societies must be made “secular,” by which he means that all societies must be made “non-religious.”

Progressive theory teaches that a “religious belief” is socially legitimate only if it is “private and personal.” Progressive theory also teaches religious beliefs should never be allowed to shape either politics or society, because that would mean that "some people" were imposing their “private religious beliefs” upon other people. But if progressivism were a religious belief, this would mean that progressives were imposing their “private religious beliefs” upon others.

So the progressive cannot admit that progressivism is a religious belief. The progressive must instead believe that it is only non-progressives who possess  "private religious beliefs” which they are trying to impose upon others. Progressives instead believe that they possess a “religiously neutral” set of beliefs about the nature of reality and society, which is the reason why they can legitimately impose their beliefs upon others.

So why does the progressive believe that his belief about the nature of reality is neutral?

Again: the progressive must believe this, since the progressive must believe that he in the process of creating a society that will be based upon “the equality of every human identity.” And to the progressive mind, you can’t get more "neutral” than this. In reality, progressive belief is a pagan religious delusion about the nature of humanity that the progressive intends to enforce upon everyone using the power of the state. 

Progressivism is a crypto-theocracy that is now in the final stages of replacing Christianity as the spiritual foundation of Western society.

Every society that has ever existed, as well as every society that will ever exist, will necessarily founded upon some particular religious belief. It is the primary religious belief of a society that determines the nature of that society. The cult creates the culture.

Every Western society, including American society, was once a Christian society. In America, religious freedom only meant freedom of individual belief, and the American idea of religious freedom was based upon the specific Christian belief that the individual alone is responsible for his salvation. America as a society, on other hand, always understood itself as a Christian society in its laws and social customs. That America was a Christian society was the belief of virtually every American, including those Americans who were not Christians, as late as 1960.

The triumph of progressive belief became possible only because of the spiritual collapse of genuine Christian belief in American society. The nature of this spiritual collapse is revealed in the reality that today even most American Christians will agree with the statement that progressive beliefs are “religiously neutral.” Even the most conservative Christian of today condemn progressives as “secularists,” thus agreeing that progressive beliefs are “non-religious.” Almost no American Christian today will call progressives what they are: pagans.

It is the American Christian who made the spiritual triumph of progressive paganism inevitable.

Of course, today, a solid majority of Americans continue to call themselves Christians. But formal religious identifications are always the last thing to disappear when a society’s religion changes. And that formal identification is already in radical decline. According to the polling data, before 1960 fewer than ten percent of Americans claimed to be "spiritual, but not religious.” This was the accepted American way of signaling that they were religious but not really Christian. During the Baby Boom era, this percentage jumped to nearly 20% of the population, or one in five Baby Boomers. Today, among Americans under thirty, almost 1 in 3 describe themselves as being “spiritual but not religious.”

Here we can trace the spiritual collapse of American Christian belief.

It is a core dogma of progressive belief that the main enemy of the coming revolution is “white, male privilege.” However, this “privilege” is nothing more than a stand-in for the real progressive enemy: the believing Christian. If today's progressives remain focused on “white, male privilege,” this is only because they still fear to undertake a direct public assault upon Christian belief. For such an assault might still have the unintended consequence of igniting a mass revival of Christian belief. And this is something that the progressive still fears.

But the progressive does not completely ignore the centrality of the Christian threat. The core Christian belief that truth is found only in Christ and that Christ is “Lord over all,” is now considered by progressives to be a definition of “religious hate.” This is because the claim that Christ alone is truth and that Christ alone rules over all things strikes at the very heart of the progressive belief in “the equality of all human identities.”

For the progressive, there can be only one legitimate form of religious belief. And that is any religious belief that supports the core progressive religious belief in “the equality of all identities.” Therefore the progressive is on a permanent war footing against any public expression of genuine Christian belief or against any public influence exercised by Christians as Christians. To the progressive, this kind of religion is now morally and spiritually unacceptable. The only permissible kind of Christian belief is the belief held by the “progressive Christian,” who alone will be permitted to enter the progressive future.

Who is the “progressive Christian”?

This would be any self-identified Christian who is convinced that his core Christian belief that “Christ is Lord over all” has become his spiritual motivation to create a society in which Christ is not Lord at all. 

The “progressive Christian” intends that what he calls “the love of Christ” will thereby radiate through the progressive society of the future in the general absence of belief in Christ and also in the absence of Christian morality. The “progressive Christian” believes that Christ Himself teaches the spiritual necessity for creating a progressive society in which Christ is not Lord at all.

It is not that the “progressive Christian” has reluctantly resigned himself to witnessing to the love of Christ in a pagan society. It is that the “progressive Christian” joyfully welcomes the creation of that pagan society as the ultimate expression of Christ’s love, with that love now being defined as “the equality of all human identities.” 

The “progressive Christian” serves Satan.

What is the progressive “end game?”

Most progressives are in the dark when it comes to the progressive end game. Indeed, this is a reason why people become progressives, since they are in the dark when it comes to the final goal. 

In the progressive end game, all human identities are to be abolished except for the identity of being human. It is not just the identities of “white, heterosexual male” or of “believing Christian” that are to be abolished. All human identities are to be abolished, because that is the meaning of “the equality of all human identities.”

This would include the abolition of blacks, of browns, of women, of homosexuals, and of Muslims.

Of course, most progressives will never be brought to an understanding that this is the progressive goal. Instead, the average progressive will continue to insist that real goal is the "liberation” of those “oppressed identities” so they may become “fully themselves.” The average progressive is simply uncomprehending of the real meaning of his core belief.  He is psychologically incapable of processing the full meaning of the “equality of all human identities.”

The progressive revolution entails the disappearance of all human identities.

This is the goal of spiritual lunatics. But it does not matter. It is the goal of the progressive, whether that goal is actually achievable or not.

Throughout history, human beings have always acted irrationally, irresponsibly, and in direct contradiction to their own interests. Man, as the scriptures state, is as prone to sin “as the sparks fly upward.” History is the litany of human disaster. The delusional beliefs of the progressive are unusual only in that progressivism is an historically unique system of delusional belief.

Progressivism is also the product of a particular time and place. What progressives today believe was never believed before and will never be believed again.  At some point in the future, the progressive delusion will come to an end. Few people will any longer take progressive belief seriously and progressivism will no longer control society. Progressivism will die and will never return. 

Today, however, progressives control all the major institutions of Western society. And this is why Western society, including American society, is in radical decline. But progressive belief is not the cause of this decline. Progressive belief exists only to rationalize that decline. Progressive belief magically transforms that decline into a “sunny uplands” of an inevitable progressive future. It exists to rhetorically transform societal collapse into a spiritual fantasy.

The coming destruction of the West, including the coming destruction of America, at this point probably cannot be averted. The progressive delusion is now so dominant in Western societies that there is probably no way out except through that destruction. And this means that whatever comes next will neither resemble our present society nor our past society. In America, there will be no return to the Constitution or to the American political experiment. That is now over. History moves in only one direction. The society that emerges from the coming destruction will be built upon the ruins of that past.

The coming destruction of Western society is inseparable from the coming destruction of progressive belief.

While progressive belief is a delusion, it is a wildly successful delusion. It is successful not only because it serves the psychological purpose of rationalizing spiritual decadence, but also because it serves a necessary material interest. 

As the old Latin tag puts it, cui bono?  Who benefits? Who materially benefits from the delusional beliefs of the progressive? It is only because there are those who materially benefit from that delusion that the delusion exists.

To answer the question of who benefits, let us begin by making a list of the kinds of equality that the progressive intends to create in society. Women are to be made equal to men; homosexuals (and other “sexual minorities”) are to be made equal to heterosexuals; blacks are to be made equal to whites; the poor are to be made equal to the rich; groups in society with non-European identities are to be made equal to groups with European identities; an equality is to be established between humanity and the environment; an equality is to be established between humanity and the animals – and so on.

Now what do all these various things have in common? The answer is that they have nothing in common, except that they are all to be made equal. And they are to be made equal by the same political method. The equality of all human relationships in society is to be defined, and enforced, by the agents of the central state and by those social authorities deputized by the state. And since progressivism is a belief about the universal nature of human equality, a global super-state is to be created, whose agents and deputized social authorities will define, and enforce, a universal equality.

In short, the material goal of progressivism is to create a universal slavery.

The progressive, of course, will deny that this is his goal. The progressive will instead insist that his goal is to create a universal equality. So which is it?  Does progressive belief exist to create a universal human equality or a universal human slavery?

The answer to this question is to be found in the psychology of the individual progressive. For the individual progressive truly believes that every normal human relationship – meaning any relationship that is not controlled by the agents of the central state or by the state's deputized social authorities – is inherently unequal. Therefore the creation of a new kind of political and social order based upon “the equality of all human identities” necessarily requires the creation of a system in which there will be an unceasing surveillance and control of every human relationship.

And the individual progressive is completely convinced that the central state is the one institution that can be safely entrusted with this kind of authority, since the individual progressive is also convinced that this state will be controlled by people like himself.

Here we witness the purest of political fantasies.

Anyone who understands the true nature of power knows that in any contest between those who want to use the power of the state to create a universal equality and those who simply want to use that power to control other people is a contest that can have only one possible winner. Those who desire to use the power of the state to control other people will win.  

And this is why the progressive quest for the creation of a universal human equality can never be anything other than a mask behind which is created a universal human slavery. 

Progressive belief exists to serve the material interests of power; it has no other material purpose.

This does not mean that most progressives are lying when they state that they want to use the power of the state to create a universal human equality. Indeed, most progressive are not lying. They are not liars, but fools.

   

 

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