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February 2, 2015

The goal of progressivism is not to make the world rational; it’s to make the world Portland.

Progressivism, especially in its well-heeled coastal expressions, is not a philosophy — it’s a lifestyle.

Specifically, it is a brand of conspicuous consumption, which in a land of plenty such as ours as often as not takes the form of conspicuous non-consumption: no gluten, no bleached flour, no Budweiser, no Walmart, no SUVs, no Toby Keith, etc. The people who set the cultural tone in places such as Berkeley, Seattle, or Austin would no more be caught vaping than they would slurping down a Shamrock Shake at McDonald’s — and they conclude without thinking that, therefore, neither should anybody else. The wise man understands that there’s a reason that Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors; the lifestyle progressive in Park Slope shudders in horror at the refined sugar in all of them, and seeks to have them restricted.
A Lifestyle So Good, It’s Mandatory | National Review Online

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 2, 2015 8:44 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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They don't even want to make the world a better place. Just one that makes them feel better about themselves.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2015 9:24 AM

Hah! and you thought Sisyphus had a chore.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2015 3:24 PM

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