YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

November 16, 2014

Progressive uplift vs. “New Left” nihilism

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 7:16 pm

Reblogging because immigration reform is on the table, and many conservatives do not appreciate the degree to which assimilation was nothing more than anticommunism. Today the correlation of forces is different. Communism is not a threat, but the condition of unemployed labor should concern us all.

YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

Bill Ayers, Weatherman

Several writers on the Right have been selling books with the premise that the Progressive movement in early 20th century America was protofascist, or fascist and racist. Their aim is to mobilize their constituencies to vote for organic conservatives like themselves in the hopes of halting “the nanny state.”  Similarly, they dwell on the President’s links to racist extremists in the period before he ran for office as a uniter, not a divider.

In this blog, I argue that it is an error to link in any way whatsoever the Progressive uplifters and more recent advocates of violence and anarchy. For uplift was an orderly process, an expression of the “moderate” strategies of the chief publicists of progressivism. It was also, at its core, defined against “revolutionary radicalism” as evidenced in the I.W.W. or anarchism in the labor movement. Here is a juicy example of their…

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