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  •  The core of progressivism, in one sentence (1+ / 0-)
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    is that progressives reject the confusion of social with natural facts.  While conservatives see inequality, racism, patriarchy, and militarism not only as inevitable features of human life, but in many cases desirable, we progressives see them as unnecessary. "Human nature," which conservatives see as immutable, regardless of whether it is the product of evolution or divinely ordained, progressives view as open to reinvention and improvisation.

    This is why the Pope's critique of the "autonomy" of markets was so radical, and why so many conservatives shat themselves when he did it--because he was explicitly rejecting notion of the market as natural fact.

    Col. Brandt: "What do you think we'll do when we lose the war?" Capt. Kiesel: "Prepare for the next one." --from "Cross of Iron"

    by ConservatismSuxx on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 11:22:18 PM PST

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