Dear Self-Proclaimed "Progressives"... You're As Evil As The Neocon-Neoliberal Empire You've Enabled

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Sorry, pal, you're evil. Self-righteous indignation counts for nothing in the strict accounting of real progressivism.

Dear Self-Proclaimed "Progressive": I love you, man, but it has become necessary to intervene in your self-destruction. Your ideological blinders and apologies for the Establishment's Neocon-Neoliberal Empire are not just destroying your credibility, they're destroying the nation and everywhere the Empire intervenes.

While you squandered your political capital defending zero-cost causes like "safe spaces on college campuses," the Empire was busy killing, maiming and making refugees of women and children in Syria. President Obama and his Neocon crew (former Secretary Hillary Clinton included) aren't fools; they rely on drones and proxy armies to do their dirty work.

Neoliberalism is the Establishment's core ideology, and by supporting Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, you furthered, defended and rationalized the Empire's neoliberal expansion and exploitation. Neoliberalism's Big Lie is transforming everything into a market makes everyone richer.

The dirty little secret of Neoliberalism is that the markets it creates are rigged in favor of Elitist cronies. If you can set aside your "progressive" blinders for a moment (Bill and Barack could do no wrong for 16 long years of neoliberal exploitation), you might learn that the Presidents and party you supported ushered in the era of neoliberal pillage as public-private partnerships, Philanthro-Capitalism, and rigged markets that enriched the elitist Establishment you defend at the expense of the bottom 95% non-elites.

You defended "higher education," which was simply a code word for stripmining the bottom 95% via student loans to pay outrageous salaries for under-assistant deans of student affairs and fund lavish expansion projects.

You embraced the Corporate Media's absurd "fake news" witch-hunt, when the biggest purveyors of fake news/Imperial Propaganda are the "liberal" media you unhesitatingly believe with all your heart because it reinforces your sense of moral superiority. Never mind that the mainstream "liberal" media is owned by corporations that are in bed with the Establishment and the Empire.

You were silent when your "progressive" president engaged in a global Murder, Inc., and your former secretary of state bragged "we came, we saw, he died." Your sputtering excuses for Imperial over-reach, extra-judicial murder and the destruction and displacement of entire populations is a travesty of a mockery of a sham of real Progressivism.

Wake up, Self-Proclaimed "Progressives": you're apologists for an Evil Empire. Your devotion to the Democratic Establishment that has mastered the art of bleating politically correct speech acts while destroying entire nations renders you the classic useful idiots, on par with those who defended Stalinism and the Soviet Gulag because "it was the right thing to do."

While you devote your energy to "resisting" Trump in completely empty gestures, you did nothing to resist the imprisonment of tens of thousands of young men of all ethnicities in America's War on Drugs Gulag.

While you championed your fake-Progressive presidents and party, wealth and wage inequality soared. Did you not mind because you and your household benefited from neoliberal skimming and scamming?

How many of your self-proclaimed "progressive" peers are in the 5% who came to do good and stayed to do well?

You have the luxury of supporting ObamaCare because somebody else is paying the bills. It may be a corporation, the state, a government agency, a university, a foundation or the taxpayer, but your support of neoliberal skims and scams doesn't cost you anything.

You are a hypocrite because you only engage in causes that don't cost you anything. Prove to us that you've been questioned or arrested by the F.B.I. for political action against the Empire, and you will have earned credibility. If you don't have any skin in real resistance, then your support of politically correct speech acts is cost-free and therefore meaningless.

I am sorry to be the one to tell you, but your unquestioning support of a neoliberal- neocon president, party and candidate makes you as evil as the empire you support, via your silence, rationalizations and absurdly empty gestures in favor of cost-free political correctness.

You have surrendered principled action in favor of a self-righteous belief that indignation makes you better then everyone else. Sorry, pal, you're evil. Self-righteous indignation counts for nothing in the strict accounting of real progressivism.

Your claim to moral superiority based on indignation makes you the moral equivalent of the "conservative" married preacher who is sleeping with the church secretary and skimming church funds. His claim to moral superiority is based on indignation, too.

By supporting a corrupt, self-serving elitist Empire of privilege and power, you are an enemy, witting or unwitting, of truth, justice, self-determination and liberty.

If you want to become a real Progressive, it has to cost you. You will have to abandon the Establishment you belong to, the party you support and the cheap veneer of self-congratulatory fake-progressivism you project.

You will have to throw yourself on the gears of the stripmining, protecting-the-privileged autocratic war machine you have supported by your silence and your rationalizations. To quote Mario Savio's famous extemporaneous speech during Berkeley's Free Speech Movement:

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can't take part! You can't even passively take part! And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus -- and you've got to make it stop! And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it -- that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all!"

Memo to Self-Proclaimed "Progressives": "safe places" on campus don't count.

The truth is, you are an embarrassment to real progressives. You should be ashamed of your empty claims to the high moral ground. If you are incapable of feeling ashamed for your self-congratulatory self-righteousness, then you are truly lost.

Look, I know you want to "do the right thing." You want to encourage and support truth, justice, self-determination and liberty. To follow your better instincts, you're going to have to admit that you've been conned, and that you've been a loyal passive puppet of an Evil Empire.

The "right thing to do" is to recognize the Neocon-Neoliberal Empire as the enemy of truth, justice, self-determination and liberty and withdraw your consent. If you still don't get it, maybe these essays will help:

Moral panic over fake news hides the real enemy – the digital giants

America was a 'stan' long before Trump Paul Krugman et al conveniently forget that corruption, cronyism and contempt for the rule of law long predated Trump.

Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Myth of Free Markets

We need to pull together, not self-divide into ever more fractious camps. The oldest and most successful Imperial strategy is divide and conquer. Don't fall for it.

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VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

Vae victis bitchez!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Former hippies have taken the peace sign and turned it upside down. It is now a big letter O circumscribing a stylized letter W with a letter Y superimposed.

When the snowflake protesters begin chanting, I hear "Obama! War! Yes!"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Peace_sign.svg

Gazooks's picture

these are not former fucking 'hippies'

these are remnant pretenders to liberalism

these are neo-marxists, not even true communists

they're more akin to neocons than to classical liberals

they're unknowingly being driven by hard-core satanists

they're the epitome of ignorant fools caught in a vortex of lies

venturen's picture

The liberal leaders are greedy people using useful idiots to get that money!

dogsandhoney2's picture

they are anit-marists, known as fascists.

HopefulCynical's picture

Former hippies have taken the peace sign and turned it upside down.

The "peace sign" is already an inversion. It was originally a Germanic rune, Algiz, which stood for the Tree of Life, or simply Life.

The "peace sign" was originally conceived as a protest against nuclear weapons and the life-eradicating radiation they produce. What was taken by clueless followers and sychophants as a "peace sign" was, properly understood, The Tree of Death, or again, simply Death.

Understanding this puts the entire counterculture in a whole different light, doesn't it?

Inverting it again would restore it to its original and true meaning.

True Blue's picture

The irony is that the so-called 'peace' sign is actually a rune that means "Death" -the tree of life turned upside down.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

That was an awesome bitch slapping by the author...bravo. Too bad it falls on deaf ears, it's like trying to explain to a lobotomized child the difference between right and wrong, they just don't have the mental capacity to absorb it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Self righteous indignation is the driver behind blind obedience to incoherent nonsense. The ideology confirms and affirms all aberrant thought and action.

I am right, therefore I am.

samsara's picture

I like the quote from Aldous Huxley

"Professional moralists have confidence in the surface will, believe in punishments and rewards and are adrenalin addicts who like nothing better than a good orgy of righteous indignation."

assistedliving's picture

"...a good orgy of righteous indignation."

Man but u gotta luv Aldous

Dr. Spin's picture

It's not my gorram problem monkey boy...

Buckaroo Banzai - Across the Eighth Dimension

Life is good when you see yourself as a disconnected observer.

;-D

amadeus39's picture

I am. therefore I am right. AT least for the time being.

 

 

Ban KKiller's picture

The war machine must be FED or retrained. Bombs make money for Corrupt Clinton Clan and their ilk. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture
To this title: "Dear Self-Proclaimed 'Progressives'... You're As Evil As The Neocon-Neoliberal Empire You've Enabled"

I SAY "AMEN and AMEN and AMEN"!!!

Even though the TRUMP/PENCE team got elected, AMERICA is in for some real challenges in the days ahead!!!

OBAMA and the PROGRESSIVE "LIBTARDS" have really screwed up everything!!!!!

Case in point: SYRIA is a ruinous heap compliments of AMERICAN military ingenuity and failed American foreign policy!!!!

 

JarMyMetric's picture

The Flaw is calling people like Hillary Clinton and Barry Progressives. What in hell makes them progressives? In my way of thinking anybody that can figure out a way to get us out or keep us out of a war is more progressive than either.  Replacing Obama Care with something cheaper and better would be progressive. So perhaps if Trump accomplishes these 2 things he will be a real progressive. Time will tell. The cabnet is shaping up to look like a hillary clinton stlye let see how much we can profit from access to power. Unlike Hillary Trump is not guilty of that yet.  Take any Billionair and the one thing they want in life is just a little bit more money. I am not holding my breath.

Handful of Dust's picture

Hillary is as progressive as Stalin.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

Never forget.....wrote her thesis on Saul Alinsky.

dogsandhoney2's picture

yep, and she criticized him, per wiki:

...the thesis concluded that "[Alinsky's] power/conflict model is rendered inapplicable by existing social conflicts" and that Alinsky's model had not expanded nationally due to "the anachronistic nature of small autonomous conflict...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Rodham_senior_thesis

this was an anti-alinsky perspective.
he didn't advocate for foundation development by and for the wealthy.

TeamDepends's picture

Precisely. Around a century ago, the Communist Party USA realized that the word "communist" was toxic, and, being the sneaky rat-fuck liars they are, began calling themselves "progressives".

Bay Area Guy's picture

They are considered progressive because of their stand on social issues.....abortion, transgender, etc., etc.  That's all the snowflakes are told to look at.....what I call the "feel good stuff".  On issues of import.....eternal war, eternal spying, economic.....I would argue that the red team and the blue team are indistinguishable.  Obama took everything that Bush did wrong on those issues.....and doubled or trippled down on them.  A ZH article noted the other day that there has not been a single day in Obama's two terms that we haven't been at war with someone.  There wasn't a single quarter of economic growth over 3% (and that's even with doctored numbers, which tells me that Obama likely didn't have a single quarter of any economic growth).  Domestic spying, something Obama claimed he was going to reign in, has gone completely over the top.  Those are the important issues of the day, but it's those specific issues that the snowflakes and SJW's choose to ignore because Susie wants to be John and Jim wants to be Tiffany and why can't that happen?

They look for social justice while both teams systematically take away their liberty and their money.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Progress is basically the ability to shift costs to someone else (the collective poor) or something else (the environment).  Every advancement always comes with some form of cost.  The problem then just becomes finding ways to manage these costs in an equitable manner.  Once people remember that, things will work out.  Until people figure this out, then things will continue to deteroriate and what was once something with manageable costs becomes cost prohibitive.  Save a penny, save a pound.

We could have mitigated social and environemntal costs from fossil fuels decades ago, but instead chose to further keep our unsustainable system going.  Look what we have now.  Massive particulate matter in the atmosophere causing long-term health problems, climate change and propping up various states that export more than just oil since their number one exports seem to be Wahabist headchopping terrorism.  Would the USA have spent $2 trillion on Iraq if we collectively dealth with the cronyism of the oil and automotive industries?  What is there to show for all this obscene spending?  All to keep Trump's new SoS awash in cash and a cushy job?

The motto of the USA should be changed to: save now or, pay really f**king big later.

MEFOBILLS's picture

Progressive is a term to mean the opposite.

The progressive era under Woodrow Wilson beget the 16 and 17'th ammendments.  Soon after was Federal Reserve Act, then the IRS.

There was nothing progressive about any of this machinery.  It's intent was to enslave the country to money power, and break federalism...which is regressive no matter how you look at it.

Language is used to dupe people.

Gay used to mean happy, now it is re-normed to be only a happy group of rectum wranglers.  Sodomy wants a new word - Gay!

Usury is a term that used to mean death, and unpardonable sin.  The taking of something for nothing.  Now it just means "too much interest."

There is usually an agenda when language is re-normed.  If the language does't work, then people have trouble communicating ideas.

samsara's picture

You are right Charles,  HOWEVER  you are letting the 'conservative' circa 2002-3 USA USA USA,  WMD, Afghanistan, Iraq,  Patriot Act, NSA, ETC off the hook.

16+ years of the SAME Admin.   Every policy that George/Dick created,  Obama faithfully followed.

 

LyLo's picture

Fun fact; everyone I know that actually voted* for Hillary Clinton also voted for George Bush.  Most of them also voted for Obama. 

(Full disclosure, I was like 19 and voted Obama too.  Once, and never in a primary; literally voted for no one once instead, and no one actually did quite well that year. lol  Then I realized how fucked that was and registered R to at least help unseat McConnell.  You're welcome.)

We're not letting anyone off the hook, here.  If you'll think back briefly, you might recall that the current 'progressives' actually promised to look into the Bush thing themselves, but decided we should instead 'look forward.'  In fact, I'd love to look into the Bush years...  After we look into Obama.  Oh, and after Bush, we should look at the Clinton years.  Then probably Bush I.

It's been 28 years, btw, of the same neo-whatever bullshit.  That's a lot to dig through, and starting in the middle seems ineffective.  We start at the beginning, and that's Obama.

*Most Clinton supporters I know voted third party or didn't vote.  Of course, it's still me being a racist that cost Clinton the election, mind you.  Just ask them.  lol

.300WinMag's picture

The most salient point made in this thread.......

 

Partisianship is kabuki theater for the ignorant.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Dear Self-Proclaimed "Progressive": I love you, man, but it has become necessary to intervene in your self-destruction.

I say let them blow themselves up.  Allow them to wallow in their own ashes.  We'll just tear down what they've "built" and do things the right way while they cry gloom, despair, and agony.

beijing expat's picture

Somebody has been watching Milo videos.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

If I was gay......I'd marry that man.

 

But.....I'm not gay.....but if I was!

esum's picture

Liberalism is an incurable mental illness

Drinking blood urine and pedophilia .... satan worship.... climate religion

Khan Bodin's picture

You got that right. You won't anywhere find such disgusting, void, empty, duplicious, perfidious, filhty, mindless, trecherous creatures. 

Grandad Grumps's picture

I equate both the neocons and progressives as elitist anti-populists. Which means that they are setting themselves against the people of the human race and will of the population. I guess it is because they believe themselves better than human.

How does that work, exactly?

GreatUncle's picture

Spot on ... and right now they are doing us a favour for the inevitable end.

Recent legislation, etc. all being forced through to protect them from the popularists. It is rather good ... try this if you stand on one side of the legislation you stand with the elite, stand on my side you stand with the people = popularists = deplorables.

They lay the perfect divisions that can never be breached, it is the elite safe space you know so when the time comes and it will you know exactly where they are and what to hit with all the anger, rage,destruction you can.Who needs guillotines and ropes when those who now stand in elite safe spaces "think MSM" can be hit with all the firepower.

Idiots, the best place to be is in the population not hiding away so when found now and seen we know exactly what and who you are.

 

falak pema's picture

Hey, CHS you can't tell the wood from the trees.

 

Its the combined betrayal of all American values, both conservative and liberal, under the hubristic mantra of neoliberalism and outsourced NWO towering colossus's arrogance that has made the US into the ship of fools.

Its time you started eating humble pie instead of getting involved in further bashing the social fabric of American society now belonging not to those who lost it through self delusioned hubris (the babyboomers) but to the lost generation of millenials who now have to climb that awesome divide of a nation torn assunder---something to which they are generationally innocent.

The world needs positive thinking based on rational and sober reversion to the ethical values of the past, before the US shot it true president and erected this ship of Deep state fools and criminals, not moar mudracking in self disintegrating games of "fake news" and hate spews.

If the American nation cannot see that its gonna be a deadly world for all, as they run the global show.

slyder wood's picture

Right, we need "positive thinking" but first let's continue generational warfare between boomers and millennials. We're all in it together, jackass...

Arrest Hillary's picture

In fighting in the Leftist Cluster Fuck .... fingers a'waggin' and tongues a'cluckin' ?

Dave the jew's picture

The so called governments of this world have done a great job at deluding the masses , astonishing actually ! So the point of no return has long been and gone . It is down to us to take back our country's/ county's/ communitys.as our governments are now against us( have always been in reality ) talk is cheap and debate only gets you so far! We're living in a zombie immigrant lefty transgender celebrity iPhone nightmare- time to act ! !

Xena fobe's picture

It had to be said.  Glad they're being called out in this. 

HuskerGirl's picture

Yeah, but they won't listen any more than the Neocons who are more interested in maintaining their cushy status quo than actually implementing a conservative agenda. 

MrBoompi's picture

In 8 years, just substitute the word conservative everywhere the word progressive appears in this article and you can post it again.  

Khan Bodin's picture

If conservatives continue being supportive or liberalism or liberal leaning, then sure. 

FlKeysFisherman's picture

I agree that they're evil. Now when do we get to line them up against a wall.

venturen's picture

take away their money! Liberals are the greediest haters on the planet!

Khan Bodin's picture

Yes, degressives are very evil, but even more stupid, ignorant and virtues-lacking. And as such mindless animals, they make perfect subjects for the oligachic rulers. But let's not forget to pay the credit where it's due: degressives are liberals, and liberals are filthy, disgusting, degenerate mindless creatures!

Rebel yell's picture

Bravo Charles Hugh-Smith!!!!

Rich Monk's picture

"Progressive"? You mean marxist, communist, atheist Jews! Ironically we have been told for a 100 years that communism is bad, and it is, but it is the JEWS who created it, push it. They destroyed Russia, a Christian Nation, and turned it into a marxist, atheist Jew shithole until recently when the Russians finally purged their country of Jews. The marxist Jews tried to destroy Germany in the 1930's and were taken down, only to re-surface in the USA!

Bryan's picture

When you wear Jew-colored glasses, everything looks like a Jew.

Beans's picture

You've got the metaphor a little mixed up there, Bryan. It wouldn't make things look like Jews, it would simply make it seems a little Jewy in colour by giving it a slighty Jew shaded tint. Anyhoo, how do you look to someone wearing Jew-coloured glasses then, Bryan?