Destroying Progressivism: A Strategy


by Jefferson White

1. Grand Strategy

Grand strategy defines the goal or purpose of a war. Every other strategy exists in support of the grand strategy.

The grand strategic goal in the war against progressivism is the destruction of progressive control of American society.  

As this is being written, progressives are preparing for their final consolidation of power. It does not matter that Donald Trump is president or that the Republicans (formally) control of both houses of Congress and most state legislatures. Progressives consider this to be only a temporary interruption of their final consolidation of power, which is based upon their ongoing control of the media, of education, of the judiciary, and of their ability to bring in tens of millions of illegal aliens to vote for an expanded welfare state. When progressives next take political power, they intend to use that power to ensure, through deliberate political and social suppression, that there will no longer be any real opposition to the progressive future.

From 1932 to 2008, the process of consolidating all political and social authority in the national state was incremental. There were too many political and social roadblocks remaining against a final consolidation of progressive power. But the progressive revolution is now speeding up as the end game comes into view. From this point forward, progressives no longer tolerate any public statement of belief, or public action, which directly contradicts progressive beliefs. Even today, while out of power, they are perfecting their methods of public intimidation and social suppression. Once another progressive president is elected, the full power of the national progressive state, and of that state’s deputized social authorities, will be employed to suppress all anti-progressive beliefs and actions.

As the end game approaches, the progressive belief system becomes more and more surreal, just as American society now becomes more and more surreal.  The formal end game is the creation of a progressive utopia. The actual end game is the creation of an anarcho-tyranny. An anarcho-tyranny is a society that it is at once lawless and excessively governed by laws. Under such a system, it is the law-abiding who will be punished by the state, while the lawless have the state’s protection and assistance.

The progressive grand strategy is to exponentially increase the number of hallucinatory claims about the nature of individual identity, which will then become the excuse for directed state and social interventions in every part of society. 

Given this reality, how is it possible to create a revolution that will destroy the progressive control of American society?

During the nineties, it was widely believed, by those who best understood the technology, that the rise of the personal computer and of the internet would destroy both the centralized state and the centralized business corporation. The individual as such would now be able to deal directly with other individuals online without the need of intermediate institutions. The power of the big corporations and of the central state was expected to radically decline as a radical disintermediation of society occurred.

But things did not turn out that way, at least in the short run.

Instead, over the past two decades, a handful of new, online mega-corporations have arisen to become the intermediaries through which most human beings interact on the internet. And these new mega-corporations use the centralized technologies of mass data collection and continual online surveillance to know everything they can about every individual online. At the apex of this oligarchical system are the security agencies of the national state, which continuously track and record the words and actions of everyone online.  

In other words, the immediate result of the technological revolution has been the creation of a hyper-centralization of political and social authority.

Still: this is not the full story. For there are now tens of millions of people online who are organizing and communicating outside of these corporate platforms, as well within them, in ways never before possible. A radical decentralization of power and authority is also taking place.

For example, the major media – that progressive conglomerate of elite newspapers, major broadcast networks and major wire services – which during the twentieth century established what the news of the day would be and how that news would be interpreted, is a corporate system in radical decline. There are today thousands of anti-progressive news sources online, which continually contradict the progressive narrative. One result is that nearly half of the American people now routinely ignore any news that comes to them from the major media.  Trump’s election became possible only because nearly half of the American people agreed with him that the major media was “fake news.”

This is why, in the wake of Trump’s election, the progressive mega-corporations that control the major internet platforms have been actively engaged in strategies to suppress the online anti-progressive media. Almost all of the Big Tech corporations are now engaged in a major campaign to remove, to suppress, or to downgrade the anti-progressive news sources that use their platforms or who rely on those platforms to make connections with those who want to read or see them online. And this campaign is increasingly successful.

Yet those who are the most familiar with the ongoing technological revolution continue to believe that a radical decentralization of political and social power is still on the way. They argue that software innovations are already in the works that will subvert, and ultimately destroy, the Big Tech platforms. 

Are they right to believe this?  

Whether right or not, it seems that there is no other plausible political path to a successful revolution against progressivism. If the progressive domination of society is to be destroyed the most plausible instrument of that destruction is the ongoing technological revolution.

The progressive control of American society is inseparable from the ongoing centralization power, both within the national state and within the centralized social institutions deputized by that state. Progressives believe that power must be centralized in order to enable the final progressive revolution. And this belief is accurate. Progressivism stands or falls, not on its ideas or beliefs, but on its ability to centralize all political and social power, and on its ability to control that centralized authority. The progressive belief system is simply a rationalization for that centralization of power, while the centralization of power, as an active phenomenon, exists to spawn progressive beliefs and control. This is a unified process.

This is also why the coming destruction of the progressive control of American society and the radical technological decentralization of American society are the same process.

However, this radical decentralization will not mean a return to the Constitution.  That political history is now over. As with everything human, it ultimately failed. But the underlying principles of that radically decentralized order, of the American Constitution, will become the foundation for the creation of a new decentralized order.

How likely is it that this radical, technological decentralization of political power will occur?

An analysis of that likelihood is the subject of this book.



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Jefferson White is also the author of

The Political Theory of Christ