One of the things that is apparent in all progressive theory is the idea that some overriding entity – Hobbes called it a “sovereign”, Plato’s Republic had their “guardians” – can force equality…but you have to ask yourself this question: is equality an individual concept to be measured in the context of person vs. person or collective concept to be determined on a group vs. group basis?
If you answered “group vs. group” then you must accept that discrimination based on some group qualifier must occur as a natural consequence of some authority skewing outcomes to create the illusion of “equality”. The root of progressivism must be outcome based due to the fact that outcomes can be measured after the fact and then attempts are made to change the next set of outcomes by advantaging the perceived disadvantaged class or disadvantaging the perceived advantaged class. Progressive equality is is always retroactive and a result of the past.
Because of this discrimination, progressive ideology denies the concept of individual liberty in favor of some sort of collective liberty.
A recent report about a race restricted public school tutoring program in Colorado illustrates this fact:
A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.
The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color. Parents CBS4 talked with said they were shocked to see, in this day and age, what they consider to be segregation.
“I was infuriated. I didn’t understand why they would include or exclude certain groups,” said parent Nicole Cox, who is white…
Before Cox could complain to the school, Pearson contacted her directly. His voicemail only seemed to reinforce the segregated tutoring idea.
“This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs,” Pearson told Cox in the voicemail.
We know what progressives would say about a “whites only” tutoring program. We have Brown v. The Board of Education decision on desegregation and “separate but equal” schools to tell us that.
While progressives claim to be the best avenue for “equality”, the truth is that discrimination is required by the very nature of how progressive programs are executed. Progressive ideology is based on the logical contradiction of ending discrimination by discriminating. That is why a “whites only” program is rightly vilified and yet a “children of color” program is not – the sovereign can determine that discrimination is not discrimination.
Again, a logical incongruity. A thing either is or is not. In the natural world, discrimination is still discrimination.
On the other hand, if you answered “person vs. person”, then you are talking about the original intent of the founding of the American Republic. This idea of equality is expressed clearly in the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
These are clearly bestowed by God as birthrights – natural rights – and every person has them regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation and you own them at the moment of your creation. These cannot be interpreted as equality of outcome because to do that would imply that the overriding authority can control and predetermine every condition of every life in perpetuity – essentially that government can foresee and control the future. No human entity can do that – only the Holy Trinity can. Government can only protect the environment of OPPORTUNITY though equal treatment under the law.
This single concept alone destroys the false foundation of modern progressive ideology.