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PEWSLAG: The 7 Deadly Sins of Progressivism

“So common have the elements of PEWSLAG become in our time they can no longer be

considered as ‘The 7 Deadly Sins,” but rather as the PPAF,

The Progressive Platform for America’s Future.”

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

The progressive left (aka “Democrats”) has cast off all pretense of “progress” and reverted to a rag-tag slop bucket brimming over with Americans that hate children, success, happiness, liberty, and life itself. All these local “progressive heroes” will sooner or later get their close-up in the Fake News. 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. These insects have bagged the seven deadly sins with the zeal of pedophiles in a playground. 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 or 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 but 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 these mortal sins 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 sink deeper into the pit and to cavort in the reeking 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 of their achievements; from the slaughter of the unborn to normalizing the perverted 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 where they wallow. Most Americans, when the choice is stark and immediate, decline to join them in the muck.   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 ProgrressiveDemocrats left shame behind. Then it was full speed ahead. After all, once you’ve expunged shame from your conscious mind, parading Pride is what is left, even if it is unclear what you are proud of.

Pride (gay or straight)  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, they must worship Ego Uber Alles. Pride is always 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.  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:  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 a second goat or an extra billion dollars. Thou shalt covet is the commandment here. Once you can convince a person to envy another there is no limit to what they 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 endpoint 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 against them is constant and unremitting and ever-growing in its intensity.

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 layabouts.

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. 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.

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.”

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. Your unborn children 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.

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  • ghostsniper August 26, 2019, 1:05 PM

    A thing will continue as long as it is financially beneficial to do so.
    Destroy a things ass pocket and the thing will cease to exist.

    Yes, I know. As a good person you do not intentionally financially support the things that are destroying this country. But is that true? Even if it is some how true, what about all the other people in this country that think like you, have they stopped financing the enemy? Doubtful, in both instances.

    The enemy’s financial backing mostly comes from the same entity that steals from you in various forms everyday. This so called progressivism is just one more facet of the larger force that is working diligently to enslave the population. According to some sources this is preordained and unavoidable. A total collapse must, and will, occur. There is no other way.

    Think of it as an obstacle that must be over come. You can’t go over it, under it, or around it, and not only does it block your path but it is expanding and taking up more and more space to eventually consume you. You have to kill it and bore a hole all the way through it so that you can continue on your journey. Your journey of life.

    You are not alone. Many of us are on the same journey and face the same obstacle. Most of us realize the only way to kill the obstacle is also the thing, right now, that will kill us. We are still in that phase Claire Wolfe spoke about. So we wait.

    My belief is that the obstacle is continuously expanding exponentially and poisoning itself as it moves forward. Eventually it will consume itself with it’s poison. It is non-sustainable. It never is, look at history. Therefore you have to educate yourself in how to live in a land that is going through this long march over it’s self built speed bump.

    Ever been in a high speed out of control slide in a vehicle? The slide itself won’t kill you but that hard slam at the end will. So you need to buffer up and prepare for that collision. Survive the collision and you’ll be ready to start to recover. It’s coming, that slam at the end, and you know it, you can feel it in your bones, are you preparing for it? Or will you be a victim?

    You can plan to win or plan to lose and in either case you are 100% responsible for your destiny.
    Are you tired of winning?

  • Snakepit Kansas August 26, 2019, 7:47 PM

    I think Ghost is 100% on point. I cannot write to express such discernment as well as him or many others I read here regularly (Casey, jwm, PA cat, JOA, Remus, MOTUS & others) So much of our government and others’ is financed with mountains of debt. There seems no end to it. That debt method does not work for long in personal or business finance, so how does anyone think it will work long term for a society run by the government? Socialism, communism will be the escape hatch… does not anyone read or know history? Maybe many in charge figure that the bottom will drop out long after they are gone or think this Ponzi scheme can work forever. Central planners will sustain it this time! But what about their personal legacy? What about their next generation or two? Are they so indifferent to not see the inevitable? I do not think this ends well. Prepare accordingly.

  • jwm August 26, 2019, 9:31 PM

    Wrath is far and away the sin of choice in this age and time. TV washes everything in anger. It is the subtext of every editorial, every opinion piece, every tweet, and post, and meme. Everyone in every medium wants to get you pissed about something. I though Bush derangement was bad. Anyone remember Bushitler? That was weak coffee. Trump derangement is crystal meth in a pipe, and the pushers are bigger and more powerful and ridiculously wealthy. Half the population is strung out like a dog on that shit. The prolonged tooth clenching ecstasy of self righteous rage reduces it’s victims to to slogan spouting parrots. Flesh eating parrots to boot.
    And our side of the fence? Ace, Aesop, Zman, Severian, Porretto, Vox Day, and everyone on Taki, and everyone else I read everyday, including our gracious host, all have most excellent reasons for being totally pissed about something or other. What makes it worse, is that they’re all right. Much, if not all of our world is going to hell in a handbasket.
    Resist not evil. I never understood that before, but now, maybe I do get it just a little. It comes down to what we can change, and what we cannot. Pride tells me I should engage the beast, and go to war with the rageheads. Would I change a single mind? Would it slow, or stop the insanity? Or would it just ruin my soul mucking in the slime, and leave me gritting my teeth in self righteous rage.
    None of has all that much time left. For myself, I try to keep the focus small. I can be a good husband to my wife. A good friend to my friends. I can engage in stuff like our bike gang. It’s a small thing that brings a lot of good clean fun to a lot of people. I’ve been richly blessed in this life. The game turned out better than my wildest expectations. I have much to be grateful for. Happiness, as Dennis Prager says, Is a serious problem. The world out there will bleed you dry of it you let it. I’m trying hard not to.


  • Alexandria Dumas August 27, 2019, 6:05 AM

    Fantastic writing, great subject. One of your all-time best.

  • Fletcher Christian August 27, 2019, 7:21 AM

    I have a similar outlook, but aimed at a somewhat different (or maybe merely larger) set of people.

    Using the “body politic” analogy, I find that said body is infested with an ever-greater number of parasites. Government bureaucrats, academia (especially those in soft subjects – STEM is another matter), politicians and the wilfully unemployed are an easy target – but how about ambulance-chasing lawyers, investment bankers, tax accountants, and high-frequency traders? All of these are people who make a very great deal of money for themselves, while their contribution to the general good is zero or even negative.

    From a UK perspective, the financial racket (I won’t dignify it with the term “industry”) is grossly dominant while manufacturing languishes. Which also contributes to the huge disparity between regions of the UK.

  • rabbit tobacco August 27, 2019, 8:18 AM

    in the SECULAR world, there is no place for the concept of sin…

  • James ONeil August 27, 2019, 9:21 AM

    To misquote Pogo; We are seeing the future and it is rust.

  • Sam L. August 27, 2019, 9:27 AM

    “Progressive”. Whenever I read the word, or hear the word,
    what immediately comes to my mind is CANCER.

  • JoanOfArgghh! August 27, 2019, 5:53 PM

    CS Lewis wrote on this same aspect of Gluttony, which he called Delicacy. “Oh I just couldn’t! I’m on a very strict diet!” “Please excuse me, but all manner of meats are disagreeable to my digestive health. Di you know that meats are very bad for the humours.”
    He thought it every bit the sin of self-indulgence and worse, since its goal was to put others out, to position oneself as more delicate and refined, more thoroughbred and sensitive and hence to be catered to at the expense of one’s host. He had their number back in the 50’s.

  • Montefrío August 28, 2019, 7:25 AM

    Thanks for a fine piece and a delightful accompanying illustration!

    I’m with jwm: keep the focus small. The rewards are great and the punishments few and insignificant. The greater world may one day invade my dooryard, but somehow I suspect not, given that I live in a country that had experienced a series of financial collapses as well as more than one military dictatorship during my lifetime and the folks in my small village have told me that all that might as well have been on another planet for all the local effects produced.
    As a long-time practitioner of Zen, the ugly seven are, I like to believe, kept reasonably well within check. One awakens from sleep into this material world and remains aware during the waking hours; what goes on in dream time is largely free-range awareness that, when remembered, can often be humbling but is always an integral part of the “I”.

  • ghostsniper January 19, 2021, 6:11 PM

    It’s almost 9pm here. In a little over 15 hours full blown american communism begins. From the beginning, no other country in the world did it like the US and the way communism will be administered here will be like no other as well. By 2022 the FedRes will probably be tapped out and the one eyed monster will seek nourishment from other sources. When it comes right down to it wealth is not about money but rather human effort. Through capitalism human effort becomes something called money as well as others things, perhaps consideration. But you have to have the human effort first and that can only come from humans.

    If you feel old now try to imagine what you will feel like with leg irons. Maybe not right away, but eventually. I’ll ask you once again, “Where is your own personal line in the sand”? At what point is too much too much? When will you say, “No more”?

    Most likely these things will come to mind in your idle moments. Gov’t inertia will hold things back immediately but that same inertia will eventually pick up speed, meaning, you won’t see the effects of communism right away but you can bet your bottom dollar the wheels are already churning and they won’t stop until they can go no more. And it doesn’t matter if those wheels grind a single life or a thousand million lives, it is always a starving savage. It is going to take almost all of your effort to just stay out of it’s way. Be flexible in all things. Peace, Onward.

  • PA Cat January 19, 2021, 6:39 PM

    rabbit tobacco said, “In the SECULAR world, there is no place for the concept of sin . . . ” Worse, the secular world regards the traditional virtues as obstacles to the approved practices of PEWSLAG. Gerard’s post reminded me of one of the less familiar solos from Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot, the 1960 musical still associated with JFK’s tarnished presidency. The solo, titled “The Seven Deadly Virtues,” is sung by Mordred, King Arthur’s traitorous nephew (in some versions of the Arthurian legend, he is the king’s bastard son). Mordred, of course, eventually brings about Arthur’s death and the destruction of Camelot.

    Here is a link to Roddy McDowall’s performance of the song:
    The lyrics are as follows:
    The seven deadly virtues, those ghastly little traps
    Oh no, my liege, they were not meant for me!
    Those seven deadly virtues were made for other chaps
    Who love a life of failure and ennui.

    Take courage– now there’s a sport
    An invitation to the state of Rigor Mort.
    And purity– a noble yen
    And very restful every now and then.

    I find humility means to be hurt;
    It’s not the earth the meek inherit, it’s the dirt.
    Honesty is fatal, it should be taboo–
    Diligence a fate I would hate.

    If charity means giving, I give it to you
    And fidelity is only for your mate–ha!
    You’ll never find a virtue unstatusing my quo
    Or making my Beelze-bubble burst–

    Let others take the high road, I will take the low;
    I cannot wait to rush in where angels fear to go
    With all those seven deadly virtues
    Free and happy little me has not been cursed!

    I have little doubt that when the song was new– 60 years ago now– all the right people applauded the cleverness of Alan Jay Lerner’s lyrics. After all, Lerner had been a Harvard classmate of JFK. Unfortunately, “The Seven Deadly Virtues” has become the theme song of the D.C. swamp dwellers over the past six decades– revisiting it now brings nausea rather than nostalgia.

  • captflee January 19, 2021, 7:58 PM

    Had to blow past security warnings to get here this evening. Is your security cert actually expired, or are you being unpersoned?

  • David January 19, 2021, 10:42 PM

    Your posting, the comments, all bloody marvellous. Thank you sir.

  • ghostsniper January 20, 2021, 6:40 AM

    Turner Classic Movies schedule for January 20th does tend to cause one to raise an eyebrow. Notice a certain pattern?

    6:00 AM Ode To Billy Joe (1976)
    8:00 AM Polo Joe (1936)
    9:30 AM The Fabulous Joe (1947)
    10:45 AM The Story of G. I. Joe (1945)
    12:45 PM Joe Smith, American (1942)
    2:00 PM A Guy Named Joe (1943)
    4:15 PM Pal Joey (1957)
    6:15 PM Mighty Joe Young (1949)
    8:00 PM Murder She Said (1961)
    9:45 PM Murder at the Gallop (1963)
    11:15 PM Murder Most Foul (1964)
    1:00 AM Murder Ahoy (1964)
    2:45 AM Penguin Pool Murder (1932)
    4:00 AM Murder on the Blackboard (1934)

    8 “Joe” movies and 6 “Murder” movies.
    Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang: the meaning of “86” expanded during the 1970s to mean “to kill, to murder; to execute judicially”

  • Casey Klahn January 20, 2021, 7:27 AM

    I gave up on predictions, but I guess my hunch motor still idles on 2 strokes. One day I see Marx, the next I see Mussolini. Really, if we get a capitalist system with vertical authority so tight your farts won’t emit, this is close to fascism. Well, it fukkin is fascism, especially with a racialist component, and an anti-nationalist component. In a contrasting play on the 1930s, the dems have their power levers of race and country in reverse of what Benito and Adolph did. Socialism. Check. Gun grabs. Check. Nationalized medicine. Check. Euthanasia. Check. Street thugs. Check.
    But, I still stick with the revolutionary history such as October-November, 1917. The pattern is eerie. Are Trumps the latter day Romanovs? I hope not.
    Some newsies are tipping a Trumpist party. I do like that.
    Miller, the acting SecDef, says zero actual threats to DC today. They could release the nasty girls this morning and DC would be just as safe. FFS, the ’68 riots in DC burned down city blocks and LBJ only had half as many troops actually fighting a hot threat. We are being played and it does make my blood boil. I was only half as pissed when Onebama came into office; this feels ominous on an order of 10 magnitudes worse than that.
    Oligarchs? To be sure. If you know their names they ain’t the oligarchs you’re worried about.
    Virus? Still waiting for that muthafugga to kill the multi millions world wide we were promised. When Trump said something to the effect that it was the rough equivalent to the flu, that was the last truth we got on coronaV.
    Speech? Gone. Guns? Threatened gravely. Religious freedom? Not feelin it. Money? Where’s that going to come from? Press? You’re kidding, right?
    Just my thoughts over coffee. How many guardsmen will stay in DC and for how long? Watch for that to be page 7 news if at all.

  • Suz January 20, 2021, 7:28 AM

    Fine writing, Gerard. Thanks.