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Inside the Progressive Mind (Inside Every Liberal Is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out)
FrontPageMag.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | N. A. Halkides

Posted on 05/22/2013 6:47:05 AM PDT by Perseverando

The Progressive believes in precisely two things: his own magnificence and the constructive power of brute force. In combination, they lead him naturally from the role of pestiferous busybody to brutal dictator. Where the productive man dreams of the things he might create if only left alone by his fellows, the Progressive dreams of the world he could create if only the lives and property of his fellows were at his disposal. The roots of his pathology lie in that oldest and most destructive of all human vices, the desire for the power to rule over other men.

As naked power-lust is a rather ugly motive, the Progressive rationalizes his desire to rule as a concern for human welfare, seeing himself as a great humanitarian, far superior morally to the lesser beings who pursue merely “materialist” ends such as their own prosperity and who frequently object to his program for achieving Utopia. This assumed moral superiority spills over into fields of practical accomplishment, and the Progressive imagines himself capable of allocating resources and even directing entire industries far more efficiently than a free market, often despite not even having any business or scientific experience. But despite what the Progressive believes about himself, the desire to compel others to obey his orders is what drives him forward. To satisfy this desire, there is ultimately no limit to what actions he will take, for he respects none of the restrictions on government officials intended to guarantee individual freedom that have been developed and set forth in written or unwritten constitutions.

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Intro to the article:

"Frontpage editors are pleased to announce the winner of our essay contest launched on April 5, 2013: “Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out.”

The winner of the $1,000 first-place prize is N. A. Halkides. Mr. Halkides is a mathematician, systems analyst and freelance writer living in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. His essay, entitled Inside the Progressive Mind, is below.

Frontpage would also like to applaud two runners-up in the competition: Oleg Atbashian and Daniel Greenfield. Each of them will receive $500 for winning second-place and their essays will run consecutively in our following two issues.

Congratulations N.A. Halkides, Oleg Atbashian and Daniel Greenfield!"

1 posted on 05/22/2013 6:47:05 AM PDT by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

Libertarian - Everybody is perfect
Conservative - Nobody is perfect
Liberal - Everybody can be made to be perfect


2 posted on 05/22/2013 6:50:19 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Second American Revolution)
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To: Perseverando

BRILLIANT WRITING!!!!

Bloggers take note: Inflammatory, brilliant and accurate Thesis in the first two sentences.

Spectacular.

This is the standard of engaging writing to which people should aspire.

Don’t drivel! Hit ‘em hard, so they’ll know what you mena, and keep reading.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 6:52:00 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("The White House can't be trusted." - Ron Fournier, National Journal)
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To: Perseverando

Actually there are two possibilities. There is either a totalitarian screaming to get out or a conservative trying to escape.

After all, look at David Horowitz himself. His inner conservative managed to escape its dyed in the wool communist shell.


4 posted on 05/22/2013 6:52:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

(mean)


5 posted on 05/22/2013 6:54:10 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("The White House can't be trusted." - Ron Fournier, National Journal)
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To: Uncle Miltie
BRILLIANT WRITING!!!!

Yep! Only $1,000? This essay is worth $1,000,000! Nice graphic too. Is that Bloomberg?

Be sure to bookmark and save.

6 posted on 05/22/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT by Perseverando (The truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: ryan71
Libertarian - Everybody is perfect
Conservative - Nobody is perfect
Liberal - Everybody can be made to be perfect

Liberal - Everybody will be made perfect

There, fixed it for you.

7 posted on 05/22/2013 6:56:37 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: ryan71

I think it goes like this:

Libertarian- Everyone is perfect as long as I can get stoned.

Conservative- Mind your own business and I will mind my own business, and the US Constitution is perfect.

Liberal- No one is perfect except for me, and whoever tells me I am perfect


8 posted on 05/22/2013 6:57:44 AM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Perseverando

Progressive is just rebranding communist & marxist


9 posted on 05/22/2013 7:02:18 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: Perseverando
pestiferous

Somebody ping our "FR word of the day" guy!

10 posted on 05/22/2013 7:02:21 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Perseverando

One size doesn’t fit all. It’s a spectrum that applies to both right and left.

There are the liberal elite who don’t care about power over others, they already have that. They want to control the lives of the little people so they don’t consume too much, or pollute too much and end up fouling up the elite’s world.

Then there are the foot soldiers who desperately hope for shared misery. They are willing to accept any regulation, provided it applies to all, so that we’re “all the same”.


11 posted on 05/22/2013 7:05:05 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Perseverando; SunkenCiv; ProgressingAmerica; nutmeg

BTTT


12 posted on 05/22/2013 7:07:08 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Perseverando

I’m sure that drawing is supposed to be generic, but I wish it generically looked a little more like Bloomberg than Al Haig.

An excellent rationale for not giving Progressives an in, as they will certainly take a mile.


13 posted on 05/22/2013 7:07:36 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: newfreep
Progressive is just rebranding communist & marxist

I agree. I guess it's easier and a little more tolerable on the ears to say "Progressive" than "Communist, Marxist, Totalitarian, Murderous Monster."

Yeah, you can call yourself Progressive and still feel good about yourself.

14 posted on 05/22/2013 7:08:20 AM PDT by Perseverando (The truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: ryan71

I have very strong libertarian leanings and as a small “l” libertarian, I understand, because nobody is perfect, that then the state should step aside and let the individual create his/her own Utopia as long as they don’t infringe on or cause harm to another person’s desire to create their own Utopia.

After all, I’ve seen many “conservatives” fight to keep their own government goodies coming


15 posted on 05/22/2013 7:10:55 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: LMAO

This essay is right on the money,BTW


16 posted on 05/22/2013 7:11:25 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: Perseverando

>> pestiferous

I learned a new word! I like it. It’ll be useful, here and elsewhere.


17 posted on 05/22/2013 7:19:02 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Perseverando; Uncle Miltie
I'd like to join Commander Riker in applauding both of you on your most excellent posts:


18 posted on 05/22/2013 7:20:17 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Perseverando

19 posted on 05/22/2013 7:20:26 AM PDT by 101stAirborneVet
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To: ryan71
Libertarian - Everybody is perfect
Conservative - Nobody is perfect
Liberal - Everybody can be made to be perfect

Bravo! Might I say, "perfect"?

20 posted on 05/22/2013 7:21:41 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Truth2012

Your conservative definition is great, I’d extrapolate a bit further on “the US Constitution is perfect”.

It’s the recognition of objective right and wrong beyond human definition, ie, recognition of God’s Perfect Law, on which the Constitution is based.


21 posted on 05/22/2013 7:23:21 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Nervous Tick

pes·tif·er·ous [pe-stif-er-uhs]
adjective
1. bringing or bearing disease.
2. pestilential.
3. pernicious; evil.
4. Informal. mischievous; troublesome or annoying.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin pestiferus plague-bringing, equivalent to pesti- (stem of pestis) pest + -ferus -ferous

And now in a sentence: “Obamacare is pestiferous.”


22 posted on 05/22/2013 7:26:01 AM PDT by Perseverando (The truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: Perseverando

23 posted on 05/22/2013 7:26:16 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Perseverando

Tell you what, it’s hard to find an adjective and a noun that go together any better than “pestiferous busybody”!

Thanks for posting this piece — it’s great!


24 posted on 05/22/2013 7:30:00 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: MrB

I totally agree with you. :)


25 posted on 05/22/2013 7:35:32 AM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Truth2012
Libertarian- Everyone is perfect as long as I can get stoned.

Your screen name is correct.

26 posted on 05/22/2013 7:37:49 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Truth2012
Can I add to that?

Liberal- No one is perfect except for me, and whoever tells me I am perfect. We perfect ones can force all others, for their own good, to become as perfect as we are. This is all under the guise of altruism, those poor misguided souls need our help whether they know it or not!

27 posted on 05/22/2013 7:53:10 AM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: Perseverando
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C.S. Lewis
28 posted on 05/22/2013 7:53:34 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: ryan71

Libertarian - No one is perfect, so no one should be in charge

Republican - We’re moral, so we’ll force you to be moral too.

Democrat - We’re Immoral, we don’t care and we’ll eventually stuff you all in ovens.


29 posted on 05/22/2013 7:55:56 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Dead Corpse

Two of those support abortion and the homosexual agenda, one is against those and fight them.


30 posted on 05/22/2013 8:00:17 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Perseverando

That explains why the writing is so good. Thank for posting this.


31 posted on 05/22/2013 8:11:18 AM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Perseverando
A great essay, and thanks for posting.

Let me reiterate that once government is permitted to use force at all in a given matter, any degree of force is allowed.

That's absurd. If that were the case that friendly corner traffic cop would have morphed into a body-armor-wearing monster in a black uniform using heavy infantry weapons and riding armored vehicles by now. And we know that's not...oh, wait.

32 posted on 05/22/2013 8:11:59 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ansel12

You again...

http://L4L.org

Again...


33 posted on 05/22/2013 8:17:16 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Billthedrill; Travis McGee
That's absurd. If that were the case that friendly corner traffic cop would have morphed into a body-armor-wearing monster in a black uniform using heavy infantry weapons and riding armored vehicles by now. And we know that's not...oh, wait.

That was good! LOL!

I think we need a good Matt Bracken meme about now.

34 posted on 05/22/2013 8:20:15 AM PDT by Perseverando (The truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: ryan71

Nailed it! Thanks.


35 posted on 05/22/2013 8:20:16 AM PDT by Patriot365
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To: Obadiah
Libertarian - Everybody is perfect
Conservative - Nobody is perfect
Liberal - Everybody can be made to be perfect

Liberal - Everybody will be made perfect

There, fixed it for you.

Liberal - Everybody will be made perfect (or exterminated, if indoctrination/re-education fails.)

I like this a little better.

36 posted on 05/22/2013 8:32:41 AM PDT by Perseverando (The truth is hate to those who hate the truth.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Libertarianism is pro-abortion, some meaningless (tiny to nonexistent) splinter group that no one has heard of goes about as far as this one (which actually exists and is active), it also doesn't cover the homosexual agenda.

democratsforlife

37 posted on 05/22/2013 8:42:13 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Perseverando
But despite what the Progressive believes about himself, the desire to compel others to obey his orders is what drives him forward.

This is the problem with altruism. If altruism is believed to be man's prime virtue, then the next step is the belief that if some are not altruistic then they are bad people because they are depriving others of what they must provide them. Then, the final step is the belief that those non-altruistic people need to be forced to be altruistic.

38 posted on 05/22/2013 9:08:52 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: ansel12

No. Look, we’ve been over this. The LP takes a “no stance, but we think it should be a States issue and not Federal” position.

Libertarians like me are pro-life. Unabashedly so.


39 posted on 05/22/2013 9:24:10 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Dead Corpse
The LP takes a “no stance, but we think it should be a States issue and not Federal” position.

False, and dishonest, the LP is pro-abortion with zero limits and all the way up to delivery, no interference whatsoever. Along with the homosexual agenda.

Here is their official position and the platform that you promote and defend while pretending to be "Unabashedly" pro-life

Here is what you are promoting and lying about. http://www.lp.org/platform

1.4 Abortion
Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

40 posted on 05/22/2013 9:33:54 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: Uncle Miltie

Many bloggers wouldn’t know a thesis statement if it bit them in the butt!!! The guy who wrote this is up there in a group that would include Michelle Malkin and Mark Steyn as thought leaders that can really turn a phrase to keep you reading for more. I also appreciate Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell for turning economics into readable prose.


41 posted on 05/22/2013 9:45:14 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: ansel12
leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

To me, it's murder.

And?

Once again, the LP National Party is not the final arbiter of all libertarian thought and philosophy. Continuing to try and use them as such is idiotic.

42 posted on 05/22/2013 9:46:40 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: ml/nj; ExTexasRedhead; sickoflibs; Libloather; liberalh8ter; NoLibZone; governsleastgovernsbest; ...

Ping!!!


43 posted on 05/22/2013 9:49:36 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: jiggyboy
I was thinking Dick Gephardt.

Yeah, it isn't one of Bosch's greatest paintings, although I generally admire his work.

44 posted on 05/22/2013 9:54:40 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: Dead Corpse

Thanks Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden, you are personally opposed to abortion but you fight tooth and nail to promote politics to keep it totally unlimited and unrestrained and done by the millions and to protect it from being outlawed by conservatives, of course the same applies to the homosexual agenda for you.


45 posted on 05/22/2013 10:00:25 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12
Not at all. In fact, I want Roe V Wade over turned and the States to prosecute it under their Murder statutes. Planned Parenthood should be defunded and disbanded under RICO. More prosecutions of abortion providers should result in many more convictions like the recent one and hopefully even some Death sentences handed out to the perpetrators.

All of the above is consistent with objectivist/libertarian philosophy.

And no... The mental illness known as "homosexuality" cannot be normalized. Nor should it be used to over-write any Religions tenets as it is being done.

To sum up, you are still an idiot that has no clue what you are talking about.

46 posted on 05/22/2013 10:10:58 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Perseverando

Good essay. Congrats to the winners!


47 posted on 05/22/2013 10:11:40 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: Dead Corpse
Nobody cares about your personal fantasies and beliefs, they care about your promoting and lying about the libertarian agenda in protecting unlimited abortion and the homosexual agenda.

For instance you lied in post 39, claiming" The LP takes a “no stance, but we think it should be a States issue and not Federal” position."

Here is what you are promoting and lying about. http://www.lp.org/platform

1.4 Abortion
Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

Here is the libertarian view on homosexuals in the military and marriage, etc. including federal.

1.3 Personal Relationships
Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government's treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.

48 posted on 05/22/2013 10:27:31 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12
Nobody cares about your personal fantasies and beliefs...

Apparently, you do. You keep trying to paint me with a brush that doesn't have any paint on it...

49 posted on 05/22/2013 10:29:05 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Republican - We’re moral, so we’ll force you to be moral too.

See post 48, your libertarian agenda is obscene and anti-conservative and you are correct about it being immoral.

50 posted on 05/22/2013 10:43:53 AM PDT by ansel12
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