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Stalinist ‘progressives’ building new ‘Devil’s Dictionary’

Written By | Mar 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2016 – As Easter Sunday approaches, the ironic, intolerant counterpoint to its hopeful message—hatred—is rapidly spreading throughout the world, whether promulgated by Islamofascists in Europe or by the Stalinist left in America.

The most recent of many examples in this country is the flap over chalk-written pro-Donald Trump messages that have recently appeared around the campus of Georgia’s once-prestigious Emory University. Anything pro-Trump at either Emory, or at most “institutions of higher learning” for that matter, are manifestations of “hate speech,” or at the very least, regarded as “micro-agressions” by delicate and easily damaged student snowflakes and wimp-ocrats who apparently quiver even at the sight of a piece of chalk.

On the other hand, these sensitive and delicate Jekyll and Hyde children are quick to demand sanctions, punishment and far worse for any and all shadowy, unnamed perps who make them “uncomfortable” or who “trigger” their easily-triggered and hysterical paranoia. It’s all the sum total of the war on normal Americans that the hard left has been waging here for decades.

In this increasingly unsubtle war, words do indeed matter. One of its major weapons is the left’s increasingly lengthy lexicon of duplicitous and/or redefined terms it has been deploying in its relentless Alinskyite-Gramscian effort to characterize the United States of America as a manifestly evil place. In the hard left’s intolerant ideology, America deserves to have its ass kicked until the average U.S. citizen ends up hopelessly mired somewhere in fourth-world status, never to be seen or heard from again. (The ass-kickers, however, will keep all the money and assets they’ve redistributed the vanishing coffers of the displaced bourgeoisie.)

Over a century ago, the largely forgotten American journalist and writer Ambrose Bierce created a bitterly ironic compendium of double entendres and misused terms he called “The Devil’s Dictionary.” Today we launch a New Devil’s Dictionary of sorts—periodic series that lays out some of the left’s “fundamentally transformed” words, terms and phrases.

If we don’t understand how these words—often perfectly normal everyday terms—have been redefined and perverted, we’ll all end up using them in a way that makes us unwitting partners in the perversion of American democracy.

We’ll start today with a single key term—“progressive”—and take it from there in future columns.

Progressive or “progressive”?

The perversion of this warm, friendly and very positive-seeming term has been going on for a long time. As many people even today are aware, the term “progressive,” when used as a noun or in adjectival form today, is simply a benign code word for “Marxist.” Even among many liberals, “Marxist” is a word they instinctively dodge when trying to describe their own political beliefs. For that reason, the favored term to hide behind has been “progressive.”

Since the beginning of the 20th century, “progressive” has largely lost its original meaning as a positive word used to describe individuals or organizations that strive to improve people, products or policies in a way that results in better lives for all. For that reason, at least at one time, it was quite natural to assume that progressive people who supported progressive policies were a force for good, always looking toward a brighter future for everyone—aka, “progress.”

So who wouldn’t want to support progressives or progressivism? Right… only conservative cranks who hated anything new or wanted to turn the clock back to some earlier time that exemplified their notion of an ideal society.

By substituting “progressive” and all its various derivatives as camouflage for Marxism or Marxism-Leninism, however, doctrinaire leftists were cleverly able to conceal their intent behind the warm fuzzy feelings inherent in this term. On occasion, this usage itself has gone out of fashion for various reasons. But it always returns, simply because it’s still amazingly useful, but also because, for some strange reason, it still carries its traditional connotation of being uniformly good, forward looking and humanitarian in its finest sense.

Today, however, more than ever before, “progressives” and “progressivism” are terms used to disguise the increasing Stalinist tendencies of the contemporary left. For that reason, whenever you encounter this word—unless you, yourself are “progressive”—you need to pause and examine the context before proceeding.

In its most innocent original sense, this terminology is still a very good noun or descriptor connoting good, forward looking things. But most often today, when we encounter this word and its associated terminology in a socio-political context, we must regard it as subversive in nature and must automatically suspect that it is being put to use to undermine the American Bill of Rights and Constitution, the better to fundamentally transform our decaying republic into a dictatorship of the proletariat.

One caveat, however: Today, the “proletariat” actually consists of the wealthy and the elite who want to use “progressive” terminology to disenfranchise the true proletariat—us—and keep the rest of us forever in our place. Or even lower. It’s an astonishing 180 degree turn from the left-wing utopian ideal, a shocking fundamental transformation that would have even Marx and Lenin spinning in their graves.

Terry Ponick

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17