Over at More Right, Athrelon caution against the urge to smash the progressive Cathedral just because it would be satisfying. Indeed, the people that make up the progressive movement are the some of the best remnants of the West. They are not the enemy. The doctrine of progressivism is a poisonous, suicidal, and perverse ideology. But it is perverse precisely because it is an ideology of ressentiment. It teaches the weak that they are good because they are weak and that the strong are evil because they are strong. Progressives never lack for reasons to hate the successful man.
But progressives are the noblest caste of our society. Progressives have empathy and high IQs. They are scientists, artists, and writers. They love knowledge. They marry before they have kids and manage their lives competently. The political doctrine they preach is batshit insane, but let’s not throw out the whole cake because of a little moldy corner. When their leadership brings an end to the Western way of life, their way of life will go too. And that will be a sad day.
My reason for getting involved in political engineering is that I want to build nice places to live that can last. These will necessarily reject ressentiment, the feelings of bitterness and hatred towards one’s betters. And they will give room for the best features of man to be developed and relished. We need to keep our eyes on the goal and not be seduced by the ancient pleasure of smashing enemies.
Too much of right-wing discourse is marked by a spirit of bitterness that smells of ressentiment. It is not the smell of a confident, noble people. It is the smell of a prole mob that thinks it would be fun to turn the Harvard dons out on the street.
Me, I’d rather seduce them to the side of order and reason. It’s a tall task – they’ve been gulping the progressive kool-aid for 300 years. Maybe some are unredeemable. Certainly no progressive should wield any real power or influence in a good society. But I’m hoping many of the smart, honest progressives can be convinced to come over to our side.