There is nothing more dangerous to liberty than those who would tell you what to do for your own good. Indeed, the descendents of the Progressive movement (Socialism, Fascism, and Communism) were more destructive to life and liberty in the 20th Century than any other set of political philosophies.
Tyranny’s Steady Progress: The Foundations
By Paul A. Rahe | Ricochet
Thanks to the Progressives, we now live in the worst of times, and we also live in the best of times. Our greatest misfortune is our greatest good fortune. Thanks to our benefactor Barack Obama, we live at the moment – one hundred years after the initial victory of Progressivism – when the tyrannical character of the administrative state is becoming evident to one and all, when with the help of what my friend Michael Barone calls “gangster government,” we are being made aware that, due to our abandonment of federalism and the separation of powers, we now live under a government that is irresponsible in every sense of the word.
Put bluntly, President Obama is giving us the political education that we were denied in the schools and universities that the Progressives have crafted for our
indoctrination. Unpleasant as it is to be confronted with gangster government, it is enlightening – and now, for the first time in my lifetime, we are in a position to think clearly about our options. No one is kidding anyone any more, and no one is pretending. We are witnessing the Great Unmasking. As William Blake once said, it is the road of excess that leads to the palace of wisdom. For us, alas, there is no other way.
We’ve been down this road before, and it has never ended well. What say for once we break the stupid-loop and try something else, for a change.