Yesterday, 09:06 AM
The "philolitical"† war between "progressives and the rest of the world, raging for decades, is now heating up to a potential not seen in a very long time, if even ever before. In my opinion, progressivism is a penultimate human evil, yet I what I see in the battles waged between them and the rest of the world is also disturbing. Specifically, the great absence of understanding of what progressivism is in practical truth, broken down into identifiable and distinct notions.
Further disturbing is the fact that progressives cannot be said to be wrong in all ways and on all points, yet the sting of disagreement with them is of such a pitch that many people lose sight of the clear picture of their enemies, usually zeroing-in on one or two single issues. While perhaps understandable from a purely emotional point of view, this is ought not be acceptable for the Freeman. A characteristic of the Freeman is his personal integrity, which implies his honesty in intellectual matters. Being honest, he gives credit where due, even to his enemies. He does this not for his enemy's sake, though they may benefit in some measure from it, but for himself.
Ideals aside, there is a practical value in such practice of intellectual honesty: knowing thy enemy. It is one of the great errors of human habit to underestimate one's opponents, whether due to blinding hatred, lassitude, or any of the other sundry reasons people do so. And as a matter of pure strategic and tactical utility, finding points of commonality also serves well in the battle for hearts and minds.
To such ends, a thorough analysis of the statistically mean progressive becomes a valuable tool in understanding how they think, perhaps why, and how to use such knowledge to one's advantage in showing them the better way which we call "freedom". It is to such ends I initiate this discussion in the hope of modeling the progressive pursuant to that better understanding, giving credit where due, as well as objective criticism.
In order to begin, we must have a suitable definition. Perhaps unsurprisingly, finding one is not quite as straightforward as one might hope. But let us take the lazy man's approach for the sake of brevity and look at what Wikipedia has to say: