Over the past few generations the West has been in the downward death spiral of progressive ideology. There have been no true victories, only brief pauses.
Progressivism is about victimology and the desire to “get their stuff” (via taxes and redistribution). Victimology is a powerful ideology, not for its morality or logical coherence, but for its ability to play to the fallen nature of man. To see the problems, and more particularly the sins, in our life as the result of systemic oppression is to blame shift to others and justify the envy for what the “oppressor” has.
Wealthy progressives are opportunists who, seeing the signs of the times, virtue signal while positioning themselves socially and politically to remain at the top. In this way, wealthy progressives are little different from conservatives save for the fact they have no qualms about lying to the poor and downtrodden in order to protect their own status.
So while the wealthy progressives beat the victimology drum through their control of the media, Hollywood, and the universities, the poor progressives are all too eager to follow. The power of progressivism is how it plays to the carnal nature of man.
When we survey leading voices of so called conservatism, the dominate area of agreement is that capitalism is superior to socialism. Put simply, it’s the desire to “keep their stuff.” On the other hand, there is no substantive agreement on such central matters such as ethics and worldview. Ideologically it is an exceedingly weak counter to victimology.
To clear the socio-political smokescreen, the issue is “personal peace and affluence” versus “victimology.” “I want to keep my stuff!” versus “I am a victim…and deserve your stuff!” This is why conservatism is doomed to failure. Victimology makes easy converts because it plays to the nature of fallen man. The ground, once taken, is never given up.
In the past it was the Christian influence on the West that rendered victimology relatively powerless. A Biblical anthropology exposes the SJW as the emperor with no clothes. Tossing Biblical authority to the gutter has not only empowered victimology, but rendered the rest of society without a coherent, ideological identity that can counter it. This is why personal peace and affluence can’t win the war against progressives.
“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”