The Progressive Myth: Sociopaths & America's Rising Tyranny of Evil

Evolutionary Progressive Humanism's most enduring myth is grounded on the delusional notion that though man is born good he is the slave of the Holy Triune God, His moral law, Original Sin, traditional one-man-one-woman marriage, procreation, Western tradition and culture.  If as the myth goes, he is liberated from his slavery his innate goodness will fully manifest itself.

In support of this fantasy are three others. First, man and society are evolving ever upward toward a newer, more perfect state...a perfected man and a heaven on earth. Second, science and technology have brought liberated men to the brink of ending all suffering, in particular, death itself. And third, liberated men are gaining control over evil itself.

C.E.M Joad, a 20th century philosopher spent most of his life embracing the Progressive myth and loudly proclaiming his distate for the supernatural Triune God.  However the catastrophic events of the 20th century finally wore down Joad's delusional optimism.

As he witnessed so-called "enlightened" Progressives and like-minded disciples make the same stupid, discouraging and even outright evil choices over and over again, commit the same crimes again and again, and lie and rationalize their wickedness over and over again, he was forced to conclude that his faith in man was wrong and the Progressive myth had been rendered utterly implausible by the events of the last forty years (1914-1954).   It is because we,

"....rejected the doctrine of original sin that we on the Left were always being disappointed; disappointed by the refusal of people to be reasonable, by the subservience of intellect to emotion, by the failure of true Socialism to arrive, by the behavior of nations and politicians, by the masses' preference for Hollywood to Shakespeare and for Mr. Sinatra to Beethoven; above all, by the recurrent fact of war."  (The Deadliest Monster, J.F. Baldwin, p. 97)

Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957), renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist concurs:

"The people who are most discouraged and made despondent by the barbarity and stupidity of human behavior are those who think highly of homo sapiens....and who still cling to an optimistic belief in the civilizing influence of progress and enlightenment." (ibid, p. 96)

  In 1926, Governor Theodore Christianson of Minnesota established the Minnesota Crime Commission to study crime and evaluate its causes. The commission eventually concluded that criminal tendencies were not the result of poverty, education, or environment, as the Progressive myth claimed. In essence its' findings agreed with Joad's loss of faith in man's innate goodness. It offered the following brutal observation:

"Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother's attention, his playmates toys...or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which could be murderous were he not so helpless. He's dirty; he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children, but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist."

The completely selfish and self-centered can grow up to be far worse than thieves and killers. Their narcissism can become so inflated, their conscience so depraved and hardened and their will so given to evil that God gives them over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1: 18-28) and  they become psychopaths.

Martha Stout has worked extensively with victims of psychopaths, and describes psychopaths as having no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what they do.  Psychopaths have no,

"...  limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or--family. Imagine no struggles with shame---no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action (they take)."  The concept of responsibility is unknown to them, "except as a burden others seem to accept---like gullible fools."   They are not held back from any of their "desires by guilt or shame, and... are never confronted by others for (their) cold-bloodedness....(they) are completely free of internal restraints, and...unhampered liberty to do just as (they) please, with no pangs of conscience..." (Political Ponerology, Andrew M. Lobaczewski, pp. 10-11)

What are some of the things a sociopath might say and do if he or she were "completely free of internal restraints" and no one ever questioned his or her cold-bloodedness?

If the sociopath were Gloria Filax, a Progressive at the University of Manitoba, she would demand that all males and females be required to become polymorphously perverse.  She would find the traditional family guilty of oppression, hate, and intolerance. Moving on to 'straight' males and females, she would find them guilty of heteronormativity (of being normal) and go on to declare that sinful heteronormatives are guilty of propping up the traditional family. Finally, she would declare that schools,

"have a responsibility to provide Ob/Scene education; that is, safe sex education.' (Ob/Scenely Polymorphously Perverse Sex Education, Gloria Filax)

If he was biologist William Etkin, he would declare that human beings are nothing "but fish made over..." (Greg L. Bahnsen, Pushing the Antithesis, p. 224)

But if he was the consummately evil Laventi Beria, Stalin's right hand man, he would say:

"(man) must be degraded from a spiritual being to an animalistic pattern. He must think of himself as an animal, capable of only animalistic reactions. He must no longer think of himself as capable of spiritual endurance, or nobility. By animalizing man his state of mind can be ordered and enslaved." (Degradation and Shock; Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics, Chapter viii)

And if he was the evil-minded Vladimir Lenin he would receive enormously sadistic pleasure from the idea that,

"Darwin put an end to the belief that the animal and vegetable species bear no relation to one another (and) that they were created by God, and hence immutable." (Tom DeRosa, Fatal Fruit, p. 9)

Hence with human beings no longer created in the spiritual image of the Triune God but rather products of evolution acting on matter, he would as did Lenin, exercise godlike power over life and death. He would be,

"the master of the knowledge of the evolution of social species and be at liberty to decide who should be exterminated on the 'scientific' basis that they represented a stage of humanity that evolution had surpassed." (The Black Book of Communism, p. 752)

If the sociopath was one of Lenin's evil-minded apparatchiks, he would be at liberty to say,

"There is no such thing as a woman being violated by a man; he who says that a violation is wrong denies the October Communist Revolution. To defend a violated woman is to reveal oneself as a bourgeois and a partisan of private property." (The Naked Communist, Skousen, p. 73)

If he spoke through the Village Voice he would describe evil as a cultural milestone:

"This week (March 2-3, 2000) New York University hosts a conference to celebrate Dennis Cooper, the 47-year-old writer who has come closer than anyone to reanimating the spirit of Burroughs." A homosexual pedophile, Coopers' "two great themes are murder and rimming..." A dedicated young following  of both sexes and all sexualities "has honed in on Cooper, and his name keeps popping up on the pomo pedagogy circuit."  "Every work of Cooper's 'produces a minor insurrection on several levels'....his work is as dangerous and exhilarating as Madame Bovary (though) in Cooper's case, the object of forbidden desire is...a drugged-out, dissociated boy, the kind of kid who could get picked up on a freeway, taken to some basement, raped, and disemboweled." (Strange Fire: The Invasion of Pagan Spirituality, SCP Journal, Vol. 25:2-26:1 2002)

A tyranny of evil is spreading itself over and across our country like an impenetrable black smog, and we cannot understand its' manifestations---its' seething hatred of God, its' treachery, pathological lying, obscenity, perversity, blasphemy, its' deliberate subversion and perversion of our children, its power grabbing, narcissism and psychopathy so obviously endemic here in America and throughout the West unless we return to the Biblical view of man:

"....the basic insights of the Christian faith provide the best insight we have into the nature of man and of the crisis we find ourselves in..." (John Hallowell, The Conservative Intellectual Movement, George Nash, p. 53)

Man is not born good, as self-deluded Progressive Humanists claim. Nor is man 'evolving' to some higher, more godlike spiritual state. This is pure fantasy. Evil does not reside in brain lesions, social constructs, heteronormativity, institutions such as traditional marriage and moral absolutes but rather within man himself.

Evil cuts through the hearts of every man and woman, thus no concept gives "deeper insight into the enigma that is man" than original sin. Evil is not just a "bad dream," warned Richard Weaver, author of "Ideas Have Consequences." Evil is not "an accident of history," or the "creation of a few antisocial men." It is a "subtle, protean force," and original sin is a "parabolical expression" of this "immemorial tendency of man to do the wrong thing when he knows the right thing." (ibid)

As a people, we have allowed ourselves to forget this---to our own and our children's peril. 

@Linda Kimball