In news related to the “Google Memo” controversy, Reason’s David Harsanyi manages to state the obvious:
You don’t say…
Is there anyone that is halfway familiar with Social Justice Warriors, their tactics and Cultural Marxism overall, that didn’t expect James Damore to be punished in some way by the Orwellian storm troopers in the ranks of Google, and companies like it?
“Damore’s contentions about the bias at Google is a near-perfect summation of the dangers manifest in all close-minded institutions, including most of the news media and many universities. He points out that conflating “freedom from offense with psychological safety” shames people into silence. Further, he argues that these monocultures foster unhealthy environments where people can no longer honestly debate important topics. Finally, and most destructively, he says that these bubbles then promote “extreme and authoritarian elements.””
Once again, this is stating the obvious. Harsanyi might wonder why, then, this kind of thing happens.
Well, it happens for precisely these reasons.
These institutions want to shame people into silence. They want to foster environments where people can no longer honestly debate important topics. They want these bubbles to promote “extreme and authoritarian elements.”
Once thing that is blatantly obvious to most that are not leaning left, is that the more extreme sector of progressives is not driven by anything praiseworthy such as true equality, liberty, true diversity, inclusiveness, logic, reason, valid arguments, truth, objectivity, evidence or basically anything that may throw a monkey wrench in their purely emotion-and-wishful-thinking based ideology. To them, it is not about reality; it is about how things ought to be in a world where they themselves would feel at ease. It is not about facts, evidence, logic, objectivity and truth. It is about subjective feelz. However one feels is considered of primary importance. As long as you have the “right ideas”, of course. If you don’t, your feelings are wrong and you can go to hell.
The more extreme sector of progressives, is the sector that Ostrowski’s theory of progressivism most applies to. Their brand of progressivism is no more than self-help therapy, in order to feel good about themselves in a dangerous, chaotic and unsure world. In a world where the weaker ones will be deemed unequal by reality itself, in ways economic, social, cultural and psychological, progressives need ways in which to find value in themselves. No matter how successful they may actually be outside of the realm of psychology, they cannot seem to derive a sense of self-worth from it. That self-worth must come from finding ways in which they can feel superior to others. And what is left but base emotions? What is left but their own version of a moral superiority?
Pure psychological weakness and feelings of insecurity, which drives progressives especially of the more extreme kind, cannot make a dent in how the nature of reality gives the upper hand to those who are not psychologically weak and insecure. Successful people; happy people; rich people; intelligent people; physically able people; aesthetically beautiful people; self-confident people; strong people; mature people; pretty much any kind of independent people that do not need the assistance of progressives looking for a way to make themselves feel useful, are legitimate targets for their scorn and contempt under various pretexts. Thus, the progressives seek ‘victims’ on which they can project their own weaknesses and insecurities, and on which to impose their support. It is the only way in which to see a function and role for themselves in life itself. It is not about social justice and fairness; if it were progressives didn’t count so many blatant hypocrites when it comes to judging people on their values. Some specific people or culture could be as intolerant, bigoted and illiberal as all hell; but if it is the ‘underdog’ in social or cultural relations, progressives will champion them. It is not about social justice or fairness. It is about themselves. About being ‘needed’. About self-help therapy. About finding a reason to feel better about themselves and feel more secure in the world; the latter to be realized by forcefully equalizing relations in which they either are inferior, or where they feel they are.
Objective measurements are a pest to this psychological flaw, because mere feelings, bereft of logic, truth and a sense of realism, cannot withstand objective scrutiny. This is why relativism, hypocrisy, intimidation, censorship, propaganda, intellectual dishonesty, sophistry, insults, Orwellian newspeak, screaming over opponents, post-modernist meaninglessness, and political authoritarianism are exactly what this sector of progressives are holding onto.
Their very life’s purpose depends on it.