Appellations of an Unpleasant Kind
Lying awake recently in the early hours contemplating the continuing evil wrought by the millenarian left, as one does, I was struck by the fact that aside from the term ‘progressives’ this egregious cohort of mischief has no clearly identifying appellation.
For me they have irretrievably traduced the word ‘liberal’ to the extent that, as a moral conservative, I will never again support a political organisation including the word in its name.
Pondering this problem I arrived at a solution – Proto Progressives. Proto from the Greek Prôtos being first, original and, in my mind, foremost in rank and order: and Progressive being avant-garde and experimental as in political and societal – diametrically opposed to conservative. Thus proto-progressive: the first amongst evil. Better still, Proto-Prog. Marvellous.
Thus fired I jumped out of bed to check my claim to coin a first generic appellation. Imagine then my surprise when Messrs. Google and Wikipedia informed me that Proto-prog was short for "proto-progressive" being a broad sub-genre of rock music emanating from the United Kingdom and the ‘States in the mid to late 1960s. It described that music as emerging from psychedelia, acid and symphonic rock characterised by Procol Harum, the Nice and the Moody Blues.
To say I was proverbially gob-smacked would be an understatement. Especially so as at the time I heartily loathed [and still do] every snotty note of that music! An old rocker was I.
So back to the drawing board. Well, to bed actually. Thus I further reflected on the problem and the answer came swiftly.
What are millenarians but the possessors of pure truth – those who believe that at the end of time will come the Kingdom of Heaven – be that heaven a deistic, Marxist or any other religious or political abstraction. As possessors and purveyors of this truth they are necessarily correct in all their assumptions and can brook no alternative to their narrative. Any such alternative is readily dismissed as, in Marxist terms, being rooted in ‘false consciousness’. This is why millenarian politics are so dangerous – they lead ineluctably to totalitarianism wherein the state is the font of all ‘truth, goodness and knowledge’ and requires absolute subservience to its dictates.
Therein then my appellation – “Totalitarian Progressives” - or Total-Progs for short.
Back to the ethereal encyclopedia – and yes, as a concept I had been yet again beaten to the punch. There exists some very good entries on the net on the nature of totalitarian progressivism – admittedly none specifically identifying my particular radical chic as such, but sufficient enough for me not to stake any claim. So I will accept defeat in grace.
But for me and my further writings the term suffices admirably. So may you quiver in your boots should I ever have cause to describe you as a Total-Prog!
Delicious isn’t it?