We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Today's 'Progressives' look at what exists - and like toddlers want to 'make it theirs' - not understanding how things got to be the way they are, and never thinking about the long-term ramifications of what they want to change. And if they break it (like Germany's energy problem) they'll go "Nuh-uh, wasn't us!" and try to block any solutions to the mess they created.
It is becoming obvious how our government under the Democrats intend to power our country after they eliminate fossil fuels. Gas lighting! They are gas lighting us all the time. Kids will be able to do their homework by gas light. There is so much gas light that DC is bathing in it. They just had a celebration on their successful fight on inflation while at the same time inflation hit a new high. But you might have been blinded by the gas lighting. Gas lighting Joe then went on vacation fore the weekend. Oh! It's only Tuesday you say! Wrong, by gas light it is the weekend.
The fools don't understand reasoning behind Chesterton's fence.
"In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it."
From Chesterton’s 1929 book, The Thing, in the chapter entitled, “The Drift from Domesticity”
It's difficult to progress from individual rights to social rights without dismantling our great institutions. Dismantling our society is implicit in the progressive philosophy. It has been from the late 1800s.
I'm not sure the author understands the Progressive Era and it's movement over the past century. Progressivism is designed to take incremental steps toward socialism, as opposed to revolutionary steps of the Marxist. T. Roosevelt outlined the movement in 1910 during his New Nationalism speech.
"The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution."
The Left is like those crabs that attach debris and coral to their shells as camouflage... the hard core of power-hungry thugs gathers around itself circles of True Believers and Bien-Pensants to cover for their real motives... which is always the concentration and investiture of power in themselves.
The hard core that calls the shots never, ever, ever intends to liberate or empower anyone - except themselves.
The True Believers and Bien-Pensants are shocked - shocked! - when they are lined up against the wall... when their dreams are betrayed by thugs who have accrued enough power, and no longer need them.
Any talk of social welfare is a screen... the people talking that talk are either pathological liars at the core of the movement, or dreamers on the outer rings of the movement - the camouflage circle.