Some progressive people promote ideas which lead to substantial economic and political changes for the benefit of all. Just think about women’s rights and equal opportunity for women. These changes have benefited not only women, but the whole society both economically and socially. But this is not to say, that all ideas and actions promoted by progressives are positive or acceptable. In fact, many of the ideas promoted by progressives are against the interest of Western societies.
This blog is aiming to highlight just three of these ‘progressive’ ideas and actions; (i) members of the US Democratic Party, who hate democracy,(ii) high profiled creatives who are plain rude and cannot accept the outcome of democratic elections, and(iii) high net worth individuals (aka bourgeois narcissists ) who talk the talk but do not walk the walk. I will not discuss here a significant part of the US ‘progressive’ media, although they are also extremely biased, reporting fake news and NOT real news, when it does not suit their left leaning editorial policies.
2. Some members of the US Democratic Party who hate democracy
One has to start with Nancy Pelosi. It is claimed that she appreciates and respects the United States’ institutional and political setting(https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/17/pelosi-review-speaker-donald-trump-brain#img-2). However, there was very little evidence of that, as she ripped up President Trump’s State of the Union speech in a theatrical fashion earlier this year(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LueAAY1no9Y). The hatred in her eyes towards President Trump was there to see. She is just one of the democrats who cannot accept the outcome of a democratic election that did not not go her way.
Adam Schiff is another US democratic politician who only likes democracy, when the election goes his way. As the Chairman of the House of the Intelligence Committee in Washington DC, he had a crucial role to play in the Russian probe against President Trump in 2017(https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/russia-probe-timeline-moscow-mueller/story?id=57427441) which was fuelled by the left leaning media like the Washington Post and New York Times. Adam Schiff may yet regret his previous actions in the Russian probe as the truth is slowly emerging(https://globalnews.ca/news/6944942/obamagate-explained-donald-trump/). The Russian probe cleared President Trump but Adam Schiff did not stop there. He, amongst others, aimed to implicate President Trump in an illegal telephone call with the Ukrainian President and released some false information to make a case against the President (https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/did-adam-schiff-release-false-information-trump-ukraine-probe-116001). The Democrats impeached the President in the lower House, but could not remove him from the Office of Presidency. Adam Schiff already foreshadows that there may be a new inquiry into President Trump should he win the next election. Do you care about democracy, Mr Schiff?
Of course four members of the Democratic Party, affectionately known as the ‘Squad’ deserve a separate blog( https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/15/politics/who-are-the-squad/index.html). Let me just say that their political and economic policies have very little to do with Western values and would be more suitable for Venezuela, North Korea, China or Russia.
3.High profiled progressive creatives who disrespect democratic outcomes if they do not get their own way
So, President Trump got elected and remained the President fair and square despite all the probes into his actions. Hey, creatives get used it. That is what happens in a democracy, sometimes your preferred candidate losses. This may happen again, especially if Joe Biden wins the nomination by the Democratic Party.
So many creatives, who at times live off the public purse (some extremely well) either through tax breaks or direct subsidies, are left leaning. God knows why. Do they really think that they would be better off in a poor, socialist country? Then they should go and create there. Or they should respect the institutions of a capitalist system, including the Presidency.
Two classical examples of the disrespectful behaviour by creatives are the behaviours of Kathy Griffin and Robert de Niro. Kathy Griffin has been photographed with a severed and bloodied head of Donald Trump. She apologised for her distasteful action, but the photographer, Terry Shields defended her action according to some reports(https://ew.com/news/2017/05/30/kathy-griffin-trump-head-photo-tyler-shields/). Do you really think they would do this to President Obama? Robert de Niro during his 2018 Tony Award speech explicitly abused President Trump using the ‘f’ word and later on CNN(https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/sep/29/robert-de-niro-cnn-trump-fox-news). I did not hear any actor publicly talk about any Democratic President like this, let alone President Obama.
Grow up left leaning creatives and be grateful for the economic and political system which enabled you to amass huge personal wealth.
4. Bourgeois narcissists who talk the progressive talk but do not walk the walk
These people come from all walks of life. Some of them are high net worth business people, stepping back from public duty ‘royalty’, extremely wealthy actors and Australian University Presidents/Vice- Chancellors. Many of them have the same modus operandi to do the ‘progressive talking’.
The first step is to establish a charitable foundation for a worthwhile cause most likely under Section 502(c)(3) of the US which is a tax-free entity(https://www.investopedia.com/terms/1/501c3-organizations.asp). The charity will collect donations of which a questionable amount goes to the beneficiaries after all the administrative and travel expenses and promotional charges such as gala events and sponsorships. The amount which these charities distribute to their cause could be as little as 26 cents in a dollar up to 87 cents in a dollar(https://www.goodbox.com/2019/06/how-much-money-goes-to-charity-when-you-donate/). Second, they become an Ambassador of an international organisation to create a high profile for their charity. Finally, they go and visit an African orphanage and/or refugee camp with as much publicity as possible. These steps represent the ‘talking of the progressive talk’.
Walking the walk would be, that during a crisis period these bourgeois narcissists would be on the front line. For example, during the Covid-19 crisis they could open up their large multi bedroom multi bathroom residences and some of their unoccupied residences for the homeless or the refugees to be able to self-isolate. It is often reported that the homeless have nowhere to go in New York, Los Angeles and refugees in the refugee camps to self-isolate (https://www.dw.com/en/coronavirus-presents-challenge-to-homeless-people-in-us/av-53476324,https://msf.org.au/article/statements-opinion/covid-19-spreads-evacuating-greece%E2%80%99s-squalid-refugee-camps-more-urgent?gclid=CjwKCAjw5Ij2BRBdEiwA0Frc9QAynLXKWugdz6O5sj1Q9M7kn2M5aMDrHPinAMcwTvgu8V2QiojBqxoCXPgQAvD_BwE ). Such an action would not attract the same publicity as delivering the odd food boxes for the old and lonely, but it would be ‘walking the walk’. Wealthy conservative also did not offer their empty homes, but at least they did not ‘talk the talk’.
And finally, we get to the bourgeois narcist behaviour of the Australian University Presidents, who are the best paid university Presidents in the world(https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/acfi.12590). They like to think that they are at the forefront of social change. However, as they are currently negotiating with the Academic Unions to reduce academic staff salaries due to Covid-19, many of them did not reduce their own compensation. These people are the classic example of progressives who are ‘talking the talk’ when it is costless to them, without ever ‘walking the walk’.
5. Key takeaways
There are many progressives who are only progressive when it suits them.
Some members of the US Democratic Party only like democracy when the elections go their way.
Some ‘progressive’ creatives get abusive when Presidential elections do not go their way.
Some bourgeois narcissists are the ultimate progressives as long as it personally benefits them and does not have a negative impact on their lifestyle and wealth.
Give me an openly conservative person any time over a pretend progressive one.