“In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”
~ G.K. Chesterton
To a collectivist, being an individual – to believe, speak or act independently – is a threat to their agenda, so they make it a crime – unless those individual beliefs, speech or acts can serve their agenda.
Then those beliefs, speech or acts will not only be tolerated, they will be promoted and celebrated to the point of being made mandatory.
Chesterton is saying when you run up against a barrier that has been erected, it is best not to assume just because you personally can’t see the necessity for a barrier right at this exact moment, there is no necessity or use for the fence or gate at all. It is better to understand why it was put there in the first place rather than setting about destroying it based on your own short-term observations and judgment.
The progressive left has a penchant for jumping in with a sledge hammer and tearing down barriers they deem unnecessary with little knowledge, understanding or concern for why they were erected in the first place.
If we lived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, progressives would be a permanently green Hulk – their only instinct is “Hulk smash!”
Smash the patriarchy.
Smash the borders.
Smash law enforcement.
Smash the Electoral College.
Smash the Second Amendment.
Smash. Smash. Smash.
Never asking themselves why.
Why Nature’s God created two biological sexes. Why families evolved to include gender specific roles. Why there is a God. Why Capitalism has created wealth and communism creates disaster. Why national sovereignty is critically important. Why we have laws that must be enforced. Why we even have a constitution.
And perhaps the biggest question – why society would be any better without any of these things…
Other than if any of them is confirmed necessary to society, they damage the progressive idea of Utopia. Chilling, really, when you understand that their idea of “Utopia” is them being on top, telling the rest of the unwashed masses (us) what to do.
Barriers do exist to keep things in – but they also exist to keep danger out.
Hulk’s anger management issues are about controlling his environment by destroying every irritant (or potential irritant) in his way. He doesn’t really know why he wants them gone, just that he does. He has no reason – because the moment reason creeps back in, he becomes Bruce Banner.
The progressives can never be Bruce Banner. If they could become Dr. Banner, they would no longer be progressives.