The Progressive Myth and Consummate Evil

Progressive Humanism's most enduring myth is grounded on the delusional notion that though man is born good he is the slave of the Triune God, moral law, 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 God. But the catastrophic events of the 20th century finally wore down Joad's delusional optimism. As he witnessed so-called "enlightened" Progressives and other men make the same discouraging and even outright bad choices over and over again, commit the same crimes again and again, and lie and rationalize their wickedness he was forced to conclude that his faith in man was wrong:

"(the Progressive myth) had been rendered utterly implausible by the events of the last forty years (1914-1954)."

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."

And they can grow up to be far worse than thieves and killers. They can become conscienceless psychopaths. Martha Stout has worked extensively with victims of psychopaths, and describes them like this:

"Imagine---not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, 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 you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept---like gullible fools. You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience..." (Political Ponerology, Andrew M. Lobaczewski, pp. 10-11)

What are some of the things you might say and do if you were "completely free of internal restraints" and no one ever questioned your cold-bloodedness?

If you were Gloria Filax, a Progressive at the University of Manitoba, you would demand that all males and females must become ‘polymorphously perverse.’ You would find the traditional family guilty of oppression, hate, and intolerance. Moving on to ’straight’ males and females, you would accuse them of ‘heteronormativity,’ (of being normal) and go on to declare that sinful ‘heteronormatives’ are propping up the traditional family. Finally, you 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 you were morally insane, conscienceless biologist William Etkin, you would declare that human beings are nothing “but fish made over...” (Greg L. Bahnsen, Pushing the Antithesis, p. 224)

But if you were the consumately evil Laventi Beria, Stalin's right hand man, you would say something like this:

"(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 you were Vladimir Lenin you would be very glad 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)

And with human beings no longer created in the spiritual image of the Triune God you would, as did Lenin, exercise godlike power over life and death. You 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 you were one of Lenin's evil-minded apparatchiks, you would 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)

But if you spoke through the Village Voice you 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)

"Political Ponerology" is a study of the founders and supporters of 20th century totalitarian regimes and the Macrosocial Evil that overtook them. Though Lobaczewski provides a shockingly brutal clinical description of the pre-existing psychological conditions of the founders and their followers, he ultimately falls woefully short when he imputes evil-doing to brain lesions rather than to man's sin nature.

Evil spreads itself over and across our country like a vast shadow, and we cannot understand its' manifestations---the seething hatred of God, the treachery, pathological lying, obscenity, perversity, blasphemy, the subversion and perversion of youth, 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..." observed Conservative 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, said Solzhenitsyn, cuts through the heart of every man, bar none:

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 peril.

@Linda Kimball