Progressivists Should First Heal Themselves
by William L. Anderson
I generally read the editorial section of the New York Times to get a sense of what elite “Progressivists” are thinking. (I’m referring to the official editorial page as opposed to the rest of the “news” sections which supposedly are not connected to the opinion of Gail Collins and company.)
Progressivists, as one knows, are motivated by grand visions – which they believe should be imposed on everyone else, given that most people would resist such elite wisdom (because, after all, they are too stupid and too uneducated to appreciate the grandeur of the vision that others have for them). Since governments are the only entities that can impose this vision, it should surprise no one that the NYT is thoroughly statist in its news and editorial approaches.
Because the NYT is famous and calls itself the “Newspaper of Record,” its Grand Vision (GV) is not limited to the Great Unwashed of the United States. No, Gail Collins and company have a GV for Iraq and Russia, although one doubts that Iraqis and Vladimir Putin really give a damn about what the Grey Lady is telling them what to do.