Skip to comments.Hillsdale Constitution 201: Post-1960s Progressivism
Posted on 10/27/2012 2:33:47 PM PDT by Jacquerie
Post-1960s Progressivism represents a loss of belief in the moral and scientific consensus that animated the earlier Progressives, even while it ostensibly pursues many of the signature policies of the older Progressivism. The more recent Progressivism maintains that true freedom is the right of self-expression and self-determination, in spite of any restraint previously thought of as imposed by nature or a society oriented by an ideal of spiritual uplift. It formulates policies that increase dependency on government while jeopardizing both the pursuit of happiness and the equal protection of rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Post-1960s Progressivism actively promotes sexual liberation at the expense of the traditional family in order to overcome the purportedly intolerant and repressive standards of the older morality. Women and gays especially are considered victims of the older moral standards; they deserve legislation promoting their specific interests. As victims, they join thereby the ranks of other minority groups who require special privileges in recompense for discrimination. These policies dovetail with the current elevation of environmental concerns above the rights of individualsthe environment also must be freed from the exploitation of humankind.
The intrusion of government into the daily life of the citizen has greatly expanded in order to promote the interests of the growing number of victim groups. As a consequence of this new orientation, crony capitalism in the economy and an increasingly cynical ruling class of intellectuals and government experts are matched by an ever more detached citizenry. The resulting political situation is one in which not only freedom and equality, but also the security of life and the pursuit of happiness, are regularly harmed rather than secured by government.
"At the heart of liberty is the right to define ones own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life." Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's Sweet Mystery of Life musings in Lawrence v. Texas.
They can call it “Progressivism,” but it’s nothing more than material dialecticism with a nihilist flavor.
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