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The price of Progressive progress

March 5, 2012

The actual appalling price of Progressive progress.

The Progressives of yesteryear retained a smidgen of reason and decency. Unlike the Progressives of today, they actually realized that there was an actual price to be paid for progress.

Gentlemen, progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it. Sometimes I think there’s a man who sits behind a counter and says, “Alright, you can have a telephone, but you lose privacy and the charm of distance.”” “Madam, you may vote, but at a price. You lose the right to retreat behind the powder-puff or your petticoat.” “Mr., you may conquer the air, but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline.” Darwin took us forward to a hilltop from where we could look back and see the way from which we came, but for this insight, and for this knowledge, we must abandon our faith in the pleasant poetry of Genesis.”

But even the Progressives of yesteryear were appallingly ignorant. Darwinian evolution as a theory of origins of either the major kinds or biological life itself is a great cosmogenic myth. It was not science then. And it is very obviously not science now. And it would take one who had not read Genesis to speak of it as a book of pleasant poetry. (The pleasant poetry is more in Elaine Morgan’s “Descent of Woman”. )

The minor prices are slightly different than forcast. Contrails by day and mall lighting by night obscuring natural beauty, Miss Fluke upset over rather natural response to rather outrageous activism.

But the big price of Progressive progress has been prophesied by Huxley and Orwell. The Road to Dystopia is not a romp by Bing, Dorothy, and Bob.

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