I don’t think you could fit a piece of paper in the space between the ideas, convictions and philosophy of a European progressive and those of an American progressive.
When is violence a rational reaction? So as my meaning is not confused: At what point does killing your political foe become a reasonable even responsible act?
Over the last few years we’ve witnessed progressives insert themselves into the elective process in what amounts to a kind of hijacking of the democratic process. If you’re smothering democracy, preventing its working correctly, then you are a despot.
We’ve seen an abject willingness to ignore predatory criminal behavior in a way that would make an ordinary citizen guilty of abetting the crime. I’m put in mind of the Russian military hierarchy who did nothing while Russian soldiers raped east German women, and Japanese generals who did nothing while their soldiers raped Chinese women in Nanking. The motives were different: revenge and conquest versus elevation of a dishonest and stupid multiculturalism, but the results are the same. We can say with absolute certainty, for progressives in England protecting multiculturalism is more important than girls being raped. When you behave like a Russian or Chinese war lord, then your instincts are totalitarian.
In recent years there have been a number of instances in which elected officials or district attorneys have indicted their opponents. On the “benign” end, the action has been an effort to derail elective prospects; on the more common and malicious side, the desire has been to send opponents to a prison. (Take a moment to do just a bit of research on the number of global warming alarmists who’ve advocated for anything from job loss to prison terms to death sentences — it was an Australian professor (No, really, an academic! Just imagine!) teaching in Austria — for all who disagreed with their Malthusian nonsense.) Sending those to prison (or worse) with whom you have political differences is despotic and totalitarian.
“But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce [the people] under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
Close at hand, if we are the sons of our fathers.