April 19, 2017

PEWSLAG: The American Progressive’s Monopoly on the Seven Deadly Sins


“We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” -- Oscar Wilde

If you could pick up the Northwestern US by the southeast corner of Idaho and shake it, everything loose would roll down into Seattle. So many loose bipeds have rolled into town over the years that the city boasts not one angry and twisted little “alternative paper” but two: The Seattle Weekly and The Stranger. Of the two, The Stranger is the stranger, the more angry, and the more spiteful. Strangely, The Stranger -- in this age of Obama and “springtime for progressive Hitlers" -- grows more angry and peevish every week since the November elections. It no longer competes with the Seattle Weekly to see who can be more revolting. It won that dubious contest long ago. These days The Stranger seems to mostly compete with itself; trying every week to put out more slime and bile than the week before. Most weeks, it wins. This week was no exception.

No matter what the standard Democrat/Progressive line may be, it is never quite good enough for The Stranger. This may be because of it’s editor, one Dan Savage by name, a man who seems to live to reveal that for some, when it comes to being intellectually twisted, there really is no bottom. It may be because The Stranger’s infected bloodlines run from from the ancient wheezings of The Daily Worker, down through The East Village Other, and out onto the news stands of Planet Moonbat with classifieds courtesy of The Berkeley Barb. Or it may be because the editor is simply an awful person with a full load of obsessive-compulsive disorders.It’s difficult to know when it comes to this perfect storm of spit, spite, and smut.

All one can know is that, with The Stranger, you see deeper into the soul of today’s post-modern American quisling than any other “alternative” weekly. And what you see is the utter lock this mindset has on what once we called “The Seven Deadly Sins.” It is positive for all of them and takes no medication. Instead, it showcases them in order to effectively infect every freshman class that arrives in Seattle looking for an “education” in how to be fashionably depraved in worn fleece. I read the paper every so often to keep in touch with how dementia, depravity and degradation are progressing in progressive America.

These days it would seem that the 7 deadly sins are now the 7 cardinal virtues of the progressive left. As I shall demonstrate....

Indeed, the progressive left has cast off all pretense of “progress” and simply reverted to a rag-tag slop bucket brimming over with Americans that hate children, success, happiness, liberty, and life itself. All the local “progressive heroes” will sooner of later get their close-up in The Stranger. Their faces and their ever-extending list of physical and mental diseases will unfailingly reveal the state of souls that have committed to personal and social devolution. Along the way, they've bagged the seven deadly sins with the zeal of hunters, never knowing that it was themselves that was the hunted. Theirs is the socialist Utopian view of life fueled with poppers and propaganda.

Those who have the tragic view of life accept that all humans are flawed. We all, to a greater of lesser extent, have touched on all of the 7 deadly sins. It is in our nature. But those with the tragic view at least struggle against this and strive to leave the world brighter and better than when we came into it, not more depraved and darker.

I see this split and this struggle in myself and hold myself more guilty of the 7 sins than is perhaps strictly true, for I know that when you put yourself on trial the verdict is always “guilty.” At the same time, I think I struggle in my small way to overcome these tendencies in myself and if I do not succeed, I still struggle. What I do not do is revel in them and constantly seek to live out the more extreme expressions of the same. That seeking can be seen in almost every progressive position and policy of the last several decades. From the celebration of abortion and treason to the exaltation of perversion and penury, it seems that every step taken by the progressive strain of American politics over the last few decades has been to go deeper into the pit and to glory in the mire.

For most Americans, the 7 deadly sins are things we struggle against. For progressives, the 7 sins have become the touchstones of their plans and policies. So extreme has their dedication to degradation become that they have become proud in their achievements. We’ve long had to bear witness to the progressives' preening pride in their "achievements," from the slaughter of the unborn to the feckless squandering of the local, state, and federal purse. Now their goal seems to be to pull the rest of us down into the cesspit that they're in. As we saw in November, most Americans, when the choice is stark and immediate, decline to join them in the muck. But as we have seen since then, rejection at the polls does not dissuade them but rather energizes them to new depths of depravity. It isn't an accident that a popular cultural meme this season is that of Zombies, the walking dead who seek to feast off and then convert the living to their living death.

At one point the classical American liberalism might have avoided this cultural and ideological degradation, but that was before they left shame behind. Then it was full speed ahead. After all, once you’ve expunged shame from your conscious mind, Pride is what is left.

Pride, as we know, is the first and most deadly sin. It’s the one that makes all the others possible. When the self and it’s immediate needs have become the individual's brave new god, humility is impossible. Humility is, well, so human that the brave new gods of the Left cannot abide it. Instead the must worship Ego Uber Alles. Pride must take its place at the head of their lemmings' parade over the cliffs of nihilism into the waters of oblivion.

Long ago, there was a mnemonic for the seven deadly sins, PEWSLAG. In order it meant Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Lust, Avarice, and Gluttony. All of these are on display weekly in “The Stranger,” as they are daily across the nation wherever progressives have gained a voice or power. They prance about in the half-time shows at the Superbowl. They never fail to make the nightly network news or grace the editorial pages of our leading "papers of record." So common have the elements of PEWSLAG become in our time that they can no longer be considered as ‘The 7 Deadly Sins,” but rather as the PPAF, The Progressive Platform for America’s Future.

Let's review the PPAF in greater detail:

Progressive PRIDE: It’s no accident that this word comes up again and again in their writings. It is essential for the Progressive to internalize extreme amounts of Pride. Pride in the self is the single most important element the freed will needs to move God out of the universe entirely and Self into the center. Once Self is in the center and the feeding of Self the most important element of existence, there is effectively no limit on what the Will can demand for the Self.

We’ve seen how societies based on The Triumph of the Will sweep across the world in the last century. These Self and Will centered social experiments all seem to have the worship of a single man at their center and the word “Socialist” in their name. Their core concept at the apex of their terrible arc is a National or Group Pride in a single individual as an excuse for the most horrible crimes committed on citizens and other innocents. The words “Nazi” and “Communist” both slide nicely into the old slogan, “Say it loud / I ______ and I’m proud.” Wisdom tells us what comes after pride, but wisdom is not a progressive value.

Progressive ENVY: This is an ancient organizing tool that uses those with less than everything as tools against those who have, well, more. It doesn’t matter if “more” is an second goat, or an extra billion dollars. Thou shalt covet is the commandment here. For once you can convince a person to envy another there is no limit to what they will want to take since what they want is not a goat or a billion dollars, but simply and eternally “more.” In the final analysis, those who at some point refuse to give “more” will be required to give all, including life itself. Envy always ends in guns.

Progressive WRATH: All those who point out, even in the slightest way, that the Progressive plan for Utopian improvement never seems to arrive at an end point but is always seeking “more,” are sure to feel increasing amounts of Wrath directed against them. It begins in a mild reproach as the doubter is made to feel the chill from his or her closest associates, but it quickly escalates to anger if the doubter does not immediately lie down and become submissive. For those that stand clearly outside the Progressive circle of approved behavior, wrath is constant and unremitting and ever growing in its intensity. To test this all you need to do is to utter the magic words, “Sarah Palin” to a progressive. Better yet, utter them to a group of calm Progressives. Record the reaction.

Progressive SLOTH: One of the pleasures of being a Progressive is the one never has to actually produce anything of use in the form of innovation and invention. Progressives need only put in place things that impede innovation and invention in the form of excessive laws and continuing and complex regulations and false customs. It is remarkable in this century that one can spend a lifetime making these impediments to prosperity in the media, in academic life, in unions, and in a bureaucratic career, and only rise from reward to greater reward by making those and other careers safer for slackers and lay-abouts. In the process, the position of those that enable slackers is made ever more secure through increasing the dependency of the hard-core unemployable among us on the slacker state. While doing nothing is a waste of life, there seems to be no shortage of the non-abled among us that are dedicated to this as a career path.

Progressive LUST: As the progressives institutionalize and subsidize sloth, whole oceans of time open for the non-abled and non-thinking and non-feeling in the mass of the intentionally under-educated in the nation. What better way to spend the brief time between the progressive-worshiped states of unbeing than in the constant pursuit of the sating of the senses? For although there is a puritan stain that oozes from all Progressive alphas, the alphas have found that the best way to control, to placate, the betas is to let them live lives devoted to lust.

Hence there are endless fully-supported programs that enable sex without any chance of pregnancy and, should avoiding pregnancy prove to be beyond the mental capabilities of the betas, there are subsidized programs for terminating any inconveniences. Should the inconveniences seem to be convenient, there are programs to support and warehouse them. Should the lusts of the body lead to disease, there is no end of programs to cure or at least palliate them should they be resistant to a cure. In all cases, everything is done to enable and promote lust as the booby prize for the betas. The more rubble in the masses, the less trouble for the elites.

Progressive AVARICE: The old joke of the two line IRS form that reads,

HOW MUCH DID YOU MAKE? __________________.

seems less and less amusing as it becomes more and more clear that Progressivism is merely the stalking horse for the complete control of private property and assets of the middle class. (Graduation to the “political class” aka “The Party” or “Politburo” grants you and your family a waiver.)

Progressivism in the United States has seen the truth of the Thatcher observation that “The trouble with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.” The solution, driven by the greed of the political class, is simply to get their hands on all the money. Once that is achieved, the pie can be doled out from the private-jet sky. The size of your slice? Well, as we know only too well, the Progressive plan is “From each according to their ability. To each according to their need.”

Unbridled Progressive AVARICE is the only way to overcome GREED "for the greater good." Only when the state has it all can the machinery of the state at last thrive. Only then can the endless compassion of the state come into play in a gentle redistribution in which no citizen has more than any other citizen, except for those citizens connected enough to get a waiver. The current state-of-the-players in the embryonic healthcare establishment is a testament to this.

Progressive GLUTTONY: A funny thing happened to the political animals of the sixties as they wormed their Progressive way into the national establishment in their dotage. These radical retreads discovered they liked to eat well and, at times, strangely. Hence we have the endless passions of the Progressive foodies for organic, for local, for “sustainable,” for ethnic, for vegan, for raw, for everything that can be eaten on the face of the earth combined with a catechism for the masses of the fast cheap food that is “bad” for them. It’s no accident that the biggest fetish for the Baby-Boomers that comprise the mass of the Progressive alphas is a food fetish. They like to eat... everything in sight. Unborn lamb today. The unborn tomorrow. Start with the stem cells and move up from there.

And their gluttony does not stop at food items, it extends to all other spheres of human behavior. They like to eat traditions. They like to eat values. They like to eat nuclear families. They like to eat real history. They like to eat real rights. They like to eat the Founding documents of the nation. They like to eat the rule of law. They like to eat the living. They like to eat souls.

The progressives are gluttons for everything and they will continue to eat everything until they are stopped. Until then, their platform and program, their PPAF, is summed up in the simple mnemonic, PEWSLAG, where Pride is the beginning and Gluttony the end of their endeavors. And the fruits of the Progressives’ Gluttony will always be that which is always emitted the morning after a long night of unrestrained feasting on the living by the zombies among us.

Posted by Vanderleun at April 19, 2017 12:34 PM
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Masterfully written.

Posted by: pdwalker at February 7, 2011 9:40 PM

If was wearing a hat I'd tip it to you, but you'll have to settle for metaphorically. Well done. Please continue.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at February 7, 2011 10:49 PM

There is one of the 7 that "progressive" politicals definitely do not have a lock on. The odd one out is avarice. That one is reserved for bankers. And probably always will be, until one of two things happens; either proper regulation of said organisations (and breaking up into much smaller ones) or City and Wall Street spivs start becoming decorations on lamp posts.

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at February 8, 2011 12:00 AM

And in the end, in the darkness, the orgy when they turn on one another for that last crumb...

Posted by: Peccable at February 8, 2011 2:09 AM

Well, Fletch, just who are the bankers, now? It's Fannie and Freddie and Sallie and your Uncle Sam. It's the Poverty Pimps and Madames of HHS, it's the Extortionists of Higher Education. You need to be imaginative. Bankers is all you could come up with?

Posted by: Jewel at February 8, 2011 2:22 AM

Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that Savage is a trust fund brat?

Posted by: ahem at February 8, 2011 6:29 AM

I haven't read anything so intuitively insightful or so accurate, in a very long tim! It makes my heart ache at the truth that's laid bare in this article, but thankful that I'm not alone in what I'm seeing. I have no doubt that the radical left have mental, moral, and spiritual deficits, which is the breeding ground for evil. Well done!

Posted by: Rightwingirl at February 8, 2011 8:54 AM

It's like they've put Dante on his head and written an unDivine Farce.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at February 8, 2011 9:59 AM

There's a (sex) advice columnist in one of the (two!) Philly free alt-weeklies by the name of Dan Savage. Is it the same guy?

Posted by: Eric Blair at February 8, 2011 10:38 AM

So far there's only one, but he has a lotta wannabes in his dungeon.

Posted by: vanderleun at February 8, 2011 12:11 PM

I feel sorta bad for you, Gerard, having to do all this nasty research on our behalf. Is there a masochistic side to you that likes living among the Savage?

Posted by: Jewel at February 8, 2011 12:26 PM

Actually, I came up with the acronym "Peg lags" several years ago for a talk in church (with up-front apologies for the two Peggys in the congregation). Pride-envy-greed lust-anger-gluttony-sloth. I find it pretty easy to remember. ..bruce..

Posted by: bfwebster at February 8, 2011 3:27 PM

As usual, amazing... I bang my head on the keyboard when I read your stuff wondering why, oh why, cannot I write like this... You continue to move up the Left's List of those who must have their thinking re-adjusted in the Utopian Paradise just over the next electoral hill.

Posted by: captain Dave at February 8, 2011 4:05 PM

I am fully prepared to discuss my need for readjustment with them on any level they may choose short of a predator strike.

Posted by: vanderleun at February 8, 2011 4:18 PM

Outstanding, Gerard.

Fletcher: I define avarice or greed as the desire for wealth one hasn't earned. The really greedy ones are the politicians and welfare bums who think they have a right to my money. Yes, there are crooked bankers, but not all of them are, and I don't believe banking is inherently evil.

Posted by: rickl at February 8, 2011 4:42 PM

The malfeasant miscreant malcontents are not going to worry about our readjustment as long as they have captive souls in the government run "education" system. Time will work to their benefit. On the bright side, it doesn't take much dirt to ruin an otherwise smoothly-turning bearing. The pen truly is mightier than the sword. Press on.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at February 8, 2011 6:30 PM

I can only hope that the prophetic words of Scripture come true for the Progressive Left--"pride goeth before a fall." All I hope is that they don't take us with them when they go.

An excellent post, sir. Very well thought out and presented. Thank you very much for your insight!

Posted by: theotherone at February 8, 2011 7:26 PM

Dan Savage the doorknob licker?

Posted by: pst314 at February 9, 2011 8:25 AM

Well, Fletch, if we're going to start talking about lampposts then it's only fair to observe that the best decoration for a lamppost is a progressive.

Posted by: pst314 at February 9, 2011 9:00 AM

Today's food fastidiousness reminds me of C.S. Lewis on gluttony:
"This has largely been effected by concentrating all our efforts on gluttony of Delicacy, not gluttony of Excess... But what do quantities matter, provided we can use a human belly and palate to produce querulousness, impatience, uncharitableness, and self-concern? ...
Men are best turned into gluttons with the help of their vanity. They ought to be made to think themselves very knowing about food, to pique themselves on having found the only restaurant in the town where steaks are really "properly" cooked. What begins as vanity can then be gradually turned into habit. But, however you approach it, the great thing is to bring him into the state in which the denial of any one indulgence - it matters not which, champagne or tea, sole colbert or cigarettes - "puts him out," for them his charity, justice, and obedience are all at your mercy."

Posted by: LS at February 9, 2011 9:37 AM

A fine post. It seems PEWSLAG is also be a descriptive term. Turn on MTV, and witness the Slag in the Pew of the church of modern proregressivism... or if you're in no hurry, just wait for the next Super Bowl halftime show, and it'll come to you.

Posted by: Van at February 9, 2011 10:50 AM

The secret desire of the left has been limed before:

Then, whispered Castro, those first men formed the cult around tall idols which the Great Ones shewed them; idols brought in dim eras from dark stars. That cult would never die till the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth. The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom. Meanwhile the cult, by appropriate rites, must keep alive the memory of those ancient ways and shadow forth the prophecy of their return.

"The Call of Cthulhu" by H. P. Lovecraft, 1926
II. The Tale of Inspector Legrasse

Posted by: Fat Man at February 9, 2011 6:46 PM

Hello, I read (and comment) here from time to time, but just saw this yesterday linked from One Cosmos! I've picked it up as an opener for a post about the absence of a future in progressive thinking, and the place confession holds in an optimistic future. So, wanted to let you know I've linked to this from my own little blog & added a link to American Digest to my sidebar. :-)

Posted by: Tina at February 14, 2011 3:35 PM

Thank you Tina. That's very flattering.

Posted by: vanderleun at February 14, 2011 3:47 PM

An excellent post, and a good bookend to Dr. Sanity's post, (as you note).

Now I can add another favorite site.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at May 26, 2011 7:48 AM

Timeless as always. Since you first posted this, it feels like evil has increased. It is weighing like a wet blanket on me right now. You can feel the increased heaviness. I'd give anything to hide from it, but where to run? Time to face reality. I guess we'll know what to do when the time comes if we cling to the good.

Posted by: Jewel at November 1, 2011 7:53 AM

It is the complete absence of shame which is the surest mark of someone who is not just passing through a bad phase, but embraces it. All professional progressives have it, Jim Jones had it, my ex-wife had it. It is something we do not believe the first times we see it, because it is so unnatural. But Goethe corrected me. The unnatural, that too is natural.

They find joy in stirring a weak pot.

It is good that the angels threw you back, VDL, locked and loaded.

Posted by: james wilson at November 1, 2011 9:43 AM

Well said - indeed profound. "The right to eat the founding documents", in that, we have an inalienable right to life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness. The progressive (liberal - in case one is confused) agenda overstates the first, limits the second, and tries to guarantee the third. Even for the "alleged 1%, life is not a utopia." It is futile in the extreme to believe we can make it so.

Posted by: Tom at November 1, 2011 11:00 AM

I know you re-run pieces from time to time and had to check the date on this for a "before or after" ... seems like the essential you stayed on task while your heart opted for snooze mode ... Reads like your are absolutely rocking the recovery! Thank you for a piece I'll look at again and pass along. ~ D

Posted by: DeAnn at November 1, 2011 4:53 PM

Simply excellent.

Posted by: Quent at November 5, 2011 7:48 PM

You don't actually know any Progressives, do you? Progressives today largely take their cues from conservative and great American Teddy Roosevelt. This man was a hero of the Right up until the last 10 years or so until Glenn Beck suddenly told everyone he was actually bad and, of course, everyone on the right believed him.

If you want to complain about the gay rights crowd and the feminist crowd then go ahead but don't for a second think that they represent Progressives. They are Liberals with their own sub-interest groups like the Log Cabin Republicans. They aren't the whole shebang and their protests are, ultimately, purely incidental.

Posted by: Dan at November 11, 2011 7:36 AM

Happy to see the decadence festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana has been moved. Where? To Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina. Thank you Hurricane Isaac.

Posted by: post*tenebras*lux at September 4, 2012 2:56 PM

Fantastic synthesis. Sending a link to everyone who might read it. However, it's pointless to send it to a left-winger.

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Posted by: ฮานะเกริ์ล at March 21, 2015 10:18 AM

It has long been obvious that the liberals were trying to turn the seven deadly sins, which are private vices, into public virtue.

Posted by: Ray at April 18, 2017 5:53 PM

So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them. Romans 1:25

Posted by: James LePore at April 18, 2017 6:56 PM

Wow, Gerard, this article sure has aged well ... scarily prophetic. Reminds me of Christopher Lasch's book The Culture of Narcissism which is even more appropriate now than when it was published in 1979.

Posted by: edaddy at April 18, 2017 6:57 PM

In 2011,this was an interesting read. Six more years of relentless,pounding Progressivism reveals its prescience. The Hieronymous Bosch painting is the perfect illustration. Those Netherlanders have always been a canny bunch,to this day.

Posted by: Nori at April 18, 2017 7:32 PM

Fantastic analysis, Vanderleun. Oh, the horror. How can we share a nation with those who want destruction on such a scale?

Together with Daniel Greenfield's 'The New Civil War,' the stuff of nightmares. http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-new-civil-war.html

The progressive ideas sure fall together nicely with the 7 deadly sins. My theory is that the origins of the soul rot on the left is the abortion industry. It's just a thought, a feeling. I picture the Lord creating these little lives, giving them their tiny immortal souls, and then watching (in sorrow, in rage, in horror ...) as the leftists butcher so many of His own.

And then, The demon enters the stage, and seduces the, now corrupt, left whose members joyfully follow down through degradation to lost.

Else how to explain men and women choosing pathology over health?

Posted by: Jayne at April 19, 2017 5:03 AM

Fantastic analysis, Vanderleun. Oh, horrifying. How can we share a nation with those who want destruction on such a scale?

Together with Daniel Greenfield's 'The New Civil War,' the stuff of nightmares. http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-new-civil-war.html

The progressive ideas sure fall together nicely with the 7 deadly sins. My theory is that the origins of the soul rot on the left is the abortion industry. It's just a thought, a feeling. I picture the Lord creating these little lives, giving them their tiny immortal souls, and then watching (in sorrow, in rage, in horror ...) as the leftists butcher so many of His own.

And then, The demon enters the stage, and seduces the, now corrupt, left whose members joyfully follow down through degradation to lost.

Else how to explain men and women choosing pathology over health?

Posted by: Jayne at April 19, 2017 5:04 AM

Great article and it should be required reading across the board.

But I have one question: What, exactly, is wrong with a Predator strike. Personally, I think we need many Predator strikes.

Posted by: Jack at April 19, 2017 6:30 AM

Thank you. This is the best description of what the left is and wants I've ever read. I've referred you to many friends. Thanks again.

Posted by: Rev. Hoagie at April 19, 2017 10:09 AM

One of your very best posts sir! And that is saying a lot given your work over the years.

Posted by: Derek Cockerham at April 19, 2017 4:15 PM

Sir, as a former technical writer (now retired), I stand in awe of such clear and incisive writing. Between essays like this and your poetry, I count my years slaving away at technical manuals and bogus "environmental impact statements" to have been time thoroughly wasted. But it did pay the mortgage and put food on my family's table. Hats off to you, noble poet.

Posted by: Bill in Tennessee at April 20, 2017 6:16 AM

Rare, well-done, and nutritious.
Bravo! Encore!

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 20, 2017 9:22 AM

I am believing you wrote this from your own observations and research so, very well done! Maybe your best.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 20, 2017 2:13 PM