Looking To American History To Explain Why Progressives Never Accept Their Failures
I have been reading a new book, and as I was reading the chapter on how the anti-trust laws were first turned against the people and used to form a corporate-government alliance, the answer to a question about Progressives suddenly came to me. But before I explain my revelation, let me tell you about one of the best, most informative books I have read in years.
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Now, one of the things that has always baffled me about the Progressive (Collectivist) is how they rationalize their failures. No matter how many times history has demonstrated that their ideas do not work, they never accept the lesson. Instead, they always blame their failure on ‘diabolical forces’ working against them, or the failure to try their ideas in a big enough way. And the split there is also related to the split in the Collectivist ideology. So, before we go any further, let’s take a moment to review that split.
Collectivists come in two general flavors: Nationalists who want to keep their Country’s sovereignty; and Globalists who want a world government. The Nationalists are more commonly known as Fascists and the globalists as Communists. Now, we can squabble over minutia, but, when we get right down to it, the truth of this assertion is self-evident…at least to those who are honest with themselves about objective fact, anyway. So, this means that, when the Nationalist fails, it is generally the fault of some opposing person, group or organization. This is why Fascist tend to be associated with scapegoats and witch hunts. On the other hand, when the Communist’s ideas fail, he always blames it on the fact that his idea was not done in a big enough way. Looking for the excuse that is offered is a strong indication as to which Collectivist camp a given politician falls.
Now, let’s get back to my little revelation. For the Communists in this nation, the reason for their failures is that they have never been allowed to try things in a big enough way. When they ruined Detroit, it was not their policies that did it, but the fact that the ‘greedy’ people left the reach of their policies. To them, business left the city because of greed, not because their policies were strangling those businesses. When New Jersey had become the envy of the nation in the early 20th Century, Woodrow Wilson – then the governor – stepped in and used the anti-trust laws to break up the businesses he did not like and to give favors to those he did. Then, shortly after he left for the Presidency, New Jersey collapsed under the policies Wilson had implemented, leaving Delaware to become the new economic powerhouse. And, once again, it was not their policies, but the fact that business ran away to another State. This is why Wilson set out trying to nationalize this nation’s government, and when he passed the 17th Amendment, he pretty much achieved that goal.
Wilson was a Communist. He openly stated that he believed Communism was the best form of ‘administration’ for America. He went to war in WW I to ‘spread democracy.’ This was a euphemism for spreading his Communist ideal. This was also the reason he pushed for the League of Nations: global government. We see his legacy in the Democrat Party today.
On the other hand, Theodore Roosevelt was a nationalist. He was proud of America. If he were alive today, he would be one of those yelling USA! USA! So, when his ideas failed, it was always the fault of big business or political enemies. This means Teddy was a Fascist – and he was.
And though it may seem simple, this is the explanation for why both Collectivist camps never accept their failures. They have built-in excuses for those failures; it’s an inherent part of their ideology. This is why they never learn. Because they are dogmatic, when they fail, they simply look to the dictates of their ideology and parrot whatever it says. If they are Communist, they claim their ideas were not given sufficient resources or they were not carried out on a large enough scale to keep the greedy from escaping their grasp (remind you of any Democrats you know?). If they are Fascists, they blame their ‘powerful opponents’ (remind you of any Republicans you know?). It’s just this simple.