Monday, November 29, 2010

Pecksniffian progressives

Via George Will today on violent video games today, and corrupting comics from the 50s,
Progressivism is a faith-based program. The progressives' agenda for improving everyone else varies but invariably involves the cult of expertise - an unflagging faith in the application of science to social reform. Progressivism's itch to perfect people by perfecting the social environment can produce an interesting phenomenon - the Pecksniffian progressive.
It's the cult of expertise that rubs me wrong and the failure to measure the trade-offs of submitting to the experts versus any progress towards perfection.

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