The liberal project, summarized
I was reading articles about liberal gnosticism and transcendence in your archives last night. (Your archives are an amazing gold mine of information.) (These concepts perhaps tie into the discussion about “the Big Lie and the Big Truth.”) Here is my interpretation of these concepts, and please correct me if I’m wrong in any way:
Seeking to banish the transcendent or God, today’s gnostic liberals see themselves as embodying a new god-like human transcendence which we can call the Brotherhood of Man / One World (as Ken Hechtman referred to once in a past comment, describing his own ideal). I read a liberal commenter on a different message board who talked about “E Pluribus Unum” as a guiding principle which is similar to this Brotherhood of Man idea. Liberals, especially the gnostic liberals, somehow believe that a warring and divided humanity will unify and achieve a godless, god-like human transcendence (one world, one humanity) by eliminating the transcendent or God, and will magically “progress” or evolve to a better state. This seems to ignore human nature and the reality that we see all around us: once the transcendent or God has been removed, man devolves into a soul-less animal state, and only a totalitarian state can keep all the animals tenuously unified and peaceful for a short time through brutal force, coercion and elimination of dissent.
As a Christian, I do believe that a spiritual brotherhood of man will come as revealed in Revelations, but only through God.
I think that’s a very good summary of liberalism. At the moment, I can’t think of anything to add to it.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 16, 2011 06:43 PM | Send