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November 28, 2010

(Apologies to Depeche Mode). Progressivism doesn’t need religion. It IS it’s own religion!

George Will today

“Today’s crusaders….come less from the pulpit than from university social science departments, but their goals and tactics remain the same.” ….

Progressivism is a faith-based program. The progressives’ agenda for improving everyone else varies but invariably involves the cult of expertise – an unflagging faith in the application of science to social reform.

and Ed Driscoll at Pajamas Media notes the same – quoting from Glenn Reynolds

….being leftwing has itself become a sort of religion, with those who disagree viewed as sinister, almost demonic forces, rather than simply as individuals holding different views.

The language of righteousness and sin, if not that of redemption and grace, remains a hallmark of the purportedly secular left…

Is this perhaps the reason why there really is more sympathy than antipathy towards those who would destroy western civilization – because the progressives, like the militant islamists fundamentally have the same goal?

“A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States,” Holdren wrote along with Paul and Anne H. Ehrlich in the “recommendations” concluding their 1973 book Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions.

Militant Islam’s goal is fundamentally to destroy the symbols of the Western worlds’ power, because it is anametha to their relative prominance and position in the world as faithful followers of Islam that infidels are more wealthy and powerful than the faithful. Their worldview doesn’t allow our current position to continue to exist.  GK Chesterton said once:

“Over-civilization and barbarism are within an inch of each other. And a mark of both is the power of medicine-men.”

It’s not just the propensity for reducing any freedom because of potential danger to society or danger to ones’ eternal soul that makes them so similar.  The primary difference is one group knows they are operating out of religious fervor and the other has convinced themselves they have no faith whatsoever – yet borrows liberally from the language of religion to justify their actions.

From Jay Ambrose at the OC Register

Good intentions will get you if you don’t watch out. That’s true of the invasion of the body scanners, of minimum-wage laws, of some welfare programs and – please don’t forget it – a supposedly altruistic push by federal agencies and politicians to put low-income families in their own homes….

“Piety is no substitute for technique” -Christian philosopher Etienne Gilson

I’d add “Piety is no substitute for technique and results“. How you execute something is just as important as the intent behind the action, and the result should be measured. Progressives have the best of intentions, always exhibiting piety – but are they considering the results and unintended consequences?

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  1. November 29, 2010 9:01 am

    You have to realize that Lynn and I are about the same age (she’s older), went to college at the same time, were raised in similar fashion… and I couldn’t quote a Depeche Mode song if my life depended on it. I was more into Rush.

    I spent the weekend in conversation arguing with a supposed “agnostic” that he really did have faith, just in secular things. It’s interesting to see the comeback, or lack of, when you start down that path in any argument.

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