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Thursday, August 15, 2002
 
"Transnational Progressivism?" Why not just call it, "Everyone who disagrees with me about anything?"

Conservatives were stunned by the size and coherence of the protests in Seattle, Quebec, et al., and have been wracking their brains to account for it ever since. Now they've named their bogey, and in doing so, have hit upon what I'm sure they feel is a master stroke: creating a monolithic, all-destroying enemy that can take the place of communism.

Steven Den Beste explains in his discussion of John Fonte's The Ideological War Within the West:

This article shows that a completely new international political movement has formed, which opposes liberal democracy as we in the US practice it. [Fonte] refers to it as transnational progressivism and makes a persuasive case that it is the underlying philosophy behind such apparently disparate phenomena as the anti-globalist movement, the "sustainable development" movement, those who support the International Criminal Court, much of forces supporting "multiculturalism" in the liberal academia, the apparent hypocrisy of international human rights organizations who are eager to condemn the US while ignoring much worse abuse by third world nations, and the formation of the European Union and the structure of the European Commission in Brussels.

Soon the gentle smacks of palms contacting foreheads will reverborate throughout the land:

Of course! It was the EU that was behind the protests in Genoa. Crafty devils, setting up against their own police forces; we're going to need a lot of elbow grease to rid the world of scum that evil.

That whole bit about antiglobalization protestors being displaced workers and people disgusted at the standard of living of the third world folks who work at our corporations' factories, man, we almost got suckered into falling for it.

Yeah, you 'sustainable development' jackals, we see through you, too. "[sarcastic, sing-song whine] We want to leave our chil-dren a living pla-net! [/sarc.]" It won't do you much good where you're going.

The European Union is not primarily about economic integration. That's what they want you to think. They're up to something, I tell you.

They want to speak Spanish? Here in the US of A? Let's go assimilate 'em, boys.

It's all the eggheads' fault. Damned eggheads.