Progressive Quotes

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I generally prefer quotes about progressives that try to enlighten. There are few insightful progressives because most of them are just not that self-aware of themselves, the world around them, or what their policies would lead to. So they are often pithy, simplistic, and wrong -- but some are worth reading for the jaw-dropping barbarism that they believe, when they're being honest. (Later progressives learned to hide it better).


Two of my favorite C.S. Lewis Quotes are :

❝ “We all want progress… If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake.” ❞
❝ “We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake. And I think if you look at the present state of the world it's pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistake. We're on the wrong road. And if that is so we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on” ❞

George Bernard Shaw was a good writer, and asshole of a progressive person, if you read what he actually believed. Sadly, remember him for his fiction, and not his character.

❝ The reasonable man adapts to society. The unreasonable man expects society to adapt to him. Therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men. ❞
❝ A part of eugenic politics would finally land us in an extensive use of the lethal chamber. A great many people would have to be put out of existence simply because it wastes other people's time to look after them. ❞
❝ If people are fit to live, let them live under decent human conditions. If they are not fit to live, kill them in a decent human way. ❞
❝ You must all know half a dozen people at least who are no use in this world, who are more trouble than they are worth. Just put them there and say Sir, or Madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence? If you can’t justify your existence, if you’re not pulling your weight, and since you won't, if you’re not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to yourself. ❞
❝ I am a communist, but not a member of the Communist Party. Stalin is a first rate Fabian. I am one of the founders of Fabianism and as such very friendly to Russia. ❞

The Classics

❝ The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal ❞
❝ The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits ❞
❝ Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns. ❞
❝ Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. ❞
❝ We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ❞
❝ The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. ❞
❝ Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class. ❞
❝ This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. ❞
❝ Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms. ❞
❝ Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law. ❞
❝ A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. ❞

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