“As much as I don’t like to admit it, defending my liberal values has suddenly become a conservative position.” — Dave Rubin
True, American progressivism (i.e. classic Liberalism) has given way to a dangerous brand of “regressivism.” Classic Liberals—such as John Locke or Thomas Jefferson—would cringe at this new leftist ideology.
Why? Because regressivists have abandoned Voltaire’s eternal maxim, (“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”) for safe spaces, trigger warnings, and political correctness.
Consider identity politics: the idea that religious, racial, and sexual minorities belong in, as Rubin puts it, an “oppression Olympics where a gold medal goes to the most offended.”
That whole idea runs contrary to Martin Luther King Jr.’s great dream for his children to be judged “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Dave Rubin himself (a married gay man and pro-choice advocate) used to be a proud progressive. Not any more.
The point here isn’t about the Republicans vs. Democrats—it’s about rescuing classic Liberal ideology from the poison of regressivism. It’s about reclaiming freedom of religion, thought, and expression that all rest at the core of our nation.
Check out the PragerU video below for more.
(Originally published on AllRight Media)