Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society’s Moral Character


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While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society’s moral character. Many individual liberals are fine people, but the policies they advocate tend to make a people worse. Here are 10 reasons:

1. The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another. If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I? This is why Western Europeans, people who have lived in welfare states far longer than Americans have, give less to charity and volunteer less time to others than do Americans of the same socioeconomic status.

The greatest description of American civilization was written in the early 19th century by the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. One of the differences distinguishing Americans from Europeans that he most marveled at was how much Americans — through myriad associations — took care of one another. Until President Franklin Roosevelt began the seemingly inexorable movement of America toward the European welfare state — vastly expanded later by other Democratic presidents — Americans took responsibility for one another and for themselves far more than they do today. Churches, Rotary Clubs, free-loan societies and other voluntary associations were ubiquitous. As the state grew, however, all these associations declined. In Western Europe, they have virtually all disappeared.

2. The welfare state, though often well intended, is nevertheless a Ponzi scheme. Conservatives have known this for generations. But now, any honest person must acknowledge it. The welfare state is predicated on collecting money from today’s workers in order to pay for those who paid in before them. But today’s workers don’t have enough money to sustain the scheme, and there are too few of them to do so. As a result, virtually every welfare state in Europe, and many American states, like California, are going broke.

3. Citizens of liberal welfare states become increasingly narcissistic. The great preoccupations of vast numbers of Brits, Frenchmen, Germans and other Western Europeans are how much vacation time they will have and how early they can retire and be supported by the state.

4. The liberal welfare state makes people disdain work. Americans work considerably harder than Western Europeans, and contrary to liberal thought since Karl Marx, work builds character.

5. Nothing more guarantees the erosion of character than getting something for nothing. In the liberal welfare state, one develops an entitlement mentality — another expression of narcissism.

And the rhetoric of liberalism — labeling each new entitlement a “right” — reinforces this sense of entitlement.

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  • SavetheRepublic

    Dennis Prager has again articulated the moral bankruptcy of modern liberalism and the soul destroying policies of their leftist worldview.

    This quote from Dennis…"And unlike corrupt governments, corrupt businesses cannot print money and thereby devalue a nation’s currency, and they cannot arrest you." Is so profound, because it's so concise, and clear.

    The quote strikes home with a prescient indictment against all Democrats. Progressives will spew the most irrational rhetoric against "evil corporations," but purposefully ignore the most corrupt practices by government through force of law.

    Democrats, liberals, progressives what ever new label they use to try and hide their nature, have become the most seditious, deceitful, and culture eroding force within Western Society today.

  • Fred Dawes

    Your 100 years behind the times, the political progressive had 120 years to help the poor now the oligarch's want the money back, and all money will now go to the bankers in a one world system, this country and all others will be known as tax Farms and you all understand what this fight is all about? if not its about your money and your life and your freedoms and face facts boys its all over here the next fight will be about how long you can live? and still be a tax profits for the oligarch's. this fight you see is not about you its about control to kill you when you are not a profit making being.

    • Spider

      Agreed the system is now such that working Americans are now considered just another natural rescource to be exploited by the oligarchy. This so they can maintain power by transferring resources from the tax payers to the tax takers who vote but do not work.Soon the tax takers will outnumber the tax payers and this will be irreversible
      as is is now in California. In San Bernardino California 46% of the city is on welfare. And we thought slavery ended in the 1860s ??

  • Asher

    The Alinsky radials are all about the Revolution. They work within the system deceiving people and changing society and policies from within. Allinsky was also a community organizer whose heroes were Castro and Lenin. The famous sixties slogan which originated with the Chinese Communist Dictator Mao Zedong was "political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." Alinsky's advice summed up was, "Even though you are at war with the system don't confront it as an opposing army; join it and undermine it as a fifth column from within. The Progressives have been exposed by so many websites.