In today’s political landscape, labels seem to get confused or misused when it comes to people’s political philosophies or thought processes. One of the most relevant examples of this is that people tend to confuse Progressives(Though due to what they are doing to the public discourse, which will be discussed later in the article, I will be referring to them as regressive). Regressives and Liberals/Classical Liberals for some reason. Whether from pure laziness, lack of knowledge, or something in-between, it seems that people don’t either know how to or want to make the distinction between Liberals/Classical Liberals and Progressives/Regressive. So to help I have selected some differences between Liberals/Classical Liberals and Progressives/regressive.
#1 Individuals vs. Groups
When it comes to people and groups, Liberals and Progressives tend to have different reactions towards them.
Liberals tend to have a “live the way you want” kind of attitude when it comes to people and groups in general, usually, the only time that Liberals will often be opposed to something as if it infringes upon people’s rights or cause physical harm. And when it comes to groups, a liberal would judge the individuals within a group rather than the group itself. If a liberal wanted to help the group, the liberal would try to help the individuals that compose that group becomes self-sufficient, productive human beings, and address the problems that they face with logic and reason.
Though when it comes to the Progressives, they tend to care about the group (or more specifically the group’s identity) instead of caring about the individuals that make up that group. This kind of thought processes causes a lack of introspection into the problems that these collectives face. Instead, they attribute any opposition or problems that these groups face to their identity and often react to opposition and challenges with raw emotions and name calling.
#2 Opposing opinions
When it comes to debate, especially in politics, you are bound to disagree on something, and how you react to that disagreement can be a result of how you think and how you view opinions.
For a liberal, an opinion is something that should be allowed to exist, but also should be able to be criticized and challenged, so that the public discourse can continue to advance. Though, the debate should be done civilly and use facts and use well-worded so that each of the parties involved in the discussion can learn from one another and grow as people and as a community.
Though, when it comes to Progressives/regressive, opposing opinions aren’t always welcome. Usually when confronted with opposing views, as has been documented in videos and articles posted by Regressives (including extremist groups like ANTIFA and BLM) and leftist media outlets like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, etc. Which including publishing pieces that push Cultural Marxist propaganda like Man-Spreading, Racial Privilege, etc. Or in the case of the previously mentioned extremist groups, we see massive amounts of violence, destruction of public property, forceful attempts to silence voices of opposition.
(An image from the Berkeley Riot that forced Milo Yiannopoulos to cancel his talk in early 2017)
(Link to image: https://www.bing.com/images/search view=detailV2&ccid=g2sZARFL&id=602209453272F0A3101FE006F0138A4CB949C1A9&thid=OIP.g2sZARFLKTrLi9ssbZTZAQEvDN&q=Berkeley+Riots+Milo&simid=608015221539212251&selectedIndex=2)
#3 Facts vs. Feelings
Now you could say this point has been touched on in the previous two points so that I won’t talk about this too much but, a description of this idea is still needed.
When it comes to the battle of Facts vs. Feelings, in plain English a liberal is more likely to use a balance of feelings. Using empathy when needed for debate that is welcome in the right amount. Along with that, they would use evidence that pertains to the topic of discussion and backs up the arguments they are making.
And a Progressive tends to use feelings over facts. This reaction is likely because of the victim mentality that they have. Which, in their minds; put them on the moral high ground, and because of this, they feel that their claims do not require any evidence, and anything they do will be considered right by the belief that their feelings matter more than the facts or civil and productive debate.
#4 Presence in the Modern Discourse
Now, this is the easiest one to explain. When it comes to the presence of regressive is very visible from a large amount of far left leaning media outlets to the seemingly endless support to any progressive cause from a significant portion of the population. And it appears that like no matter how many times we prove them wrong, they always seem to come up with a new idea for us to disprove.
Though, the situation for actual Liberals in America is a bit tricky because we are in this kind strange place in America. Real classical liberals are in this minimal area of American politics. With most of us finding ourselves allied with conservatives, or becoming conservatives because of what the modern left has become. In short, we are a faction that has lost our side and live in the company of new allies.
There are some of the core differences between Progressives and Liberals, hopefully, through this article and others like it, we can remove this fog of confusion, and focus on our one real mission which is; Destroying Political Correctness and ending the reign of the Progressives.