Critiques of Smug White Progressives? How DARE they!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

...lately I have seen my party take a turn that makes me uncomfortable. Somewhere along the way we stopped fighting for the little guy and became the party of the smug, educated elites who look down on those with less education and deem them unable or unworthy...

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...I have never lived in a city as an adult that was run by Conservatives or Republicans, but I live in the biggest poor city in the country, Philadelphia. A city, for decades, run by liberal insiders.

The truth is that Liberalism is about making elites feel better about themselves and their lives without requiring the underlying action of significantly improving the lives of African-Americans.

One question that never came up was “Why do some people still want to fly the confederate flag?” Generally, if you’re trying to convince a person or group of people to change their behavior, it’s a pretty solid plan to understand why they’re acting the way that is upsetting you. However, actually convincing anyone to change their behavior was clearly not a high priority of ours

people basically act like allies to get social status (aka cookies) but aren’t willing to do helpful behaviors that they won’t get any recognition for... At the heart of it, real change isn’t really the point of these types of actions. Social acceptance is.


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I teach them all the good I can, and recommend them to others from whom I think they will get some moral benefit. And the treasures that the wise men of old have left us in their writings I open and explore with my friends. If we come on any good thing, we extract it, and we set much store on being useful to one another. - Socrates, Memorabilia
What we maintain is that in none of the problems of life can men afford to lose sight of the storehouse bequeathed to them by the ancients. In the complexus of everything which differentiates man from the brute creation, the voice of antiquity must be heard...

-H. Browne, quoted in "Classics and Citizenship" The Classical Quarterly, 1920