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Started 3-Feb by Apollonius (Theocritos); 661 views.

The power-mad utopians - Michael Lind, Tablet, 30 January 2023

... Three social engineering projects define progressivism in the 2020s: the Green Project, the Quota Project, and the Androgyny Project.

The Green Project is not limited to mitigating global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by industry and energy production. By itself, decarbonization is a technical project that can be carried out by methods like building nuclear power plants and replacing coal with natural gas in electrical generation.

The Green Project or Green New Deal is not satisfied with decarbonizing energy sources. It invokes climate change as an excuse to radically restructure the society of the U.S. and other advanced industrial democracies, from the way that food is grown to where people live to how people behave. Under the banner of the Green New Deal or the Green Transition, various lesser ideological projects on the left—veganism, replacing cars and trucks with mass transit, urban densification, anti-natalism—have rallied, even though none of these is necessary for decarbonizing the energy supply.

The Quota Project, embodied in the rote bureaucratic phrase “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI), is another utopian project. Its goal is the radical restructuring of the U.S. and other Western societies on the basis of racial quotas, so that all racial and ethnic groups are represented in equal proportions in all occupations, classes, academic curriculums, and even literary and artistic canons. DEI is affirmative action on LSD.

For the Quota Project, anti-racism is the public justification. But quota-based tokenism is not a solution for specific cases of discrimination against individuals—which can and should be dealt with by race-neutral, anti-discrimination laws. Nor does the Quota Project have any real solutions to offer in the case of class or cultural differences which—even in the absence of racism, conscious or “structural”—would result in some groups doing better than others in various occupations. Like the Green Transition, the Quota Project is a radical utopian program of social reconstruction in search of an excuse that might justify it.

The third of the three utopian projects that define contemporary trans-Atlantic progressivism is the Androgyny Project. This goes far beyond civil rights and humane treatment for victims of gender dysphoria and has nothing to do with the hard-won rights of gay men and lesbians. The Androgyny Project holds that gender identity is independent of biological sex and purely subjective. If a middle-aged man claims that he is a woman, then progressives favor requiring local government to retroactively falsify his birth certificate to show that he was “really” born female and “misassigned at birth.”

Far more comprehensive than “trans rights,” which affect fewer than 1% of the population, the Androgyny Project seeks to redefine all male and female human beings as generic, androgynous humanoids whose sex is a matter of subjective self-definition rather than objective reality.


From: drl0lip0p


These mad projects happens when leaders lies about keeping peace in other countries to enlarge their own ego and  keeping up with militarism and its industry. 

Eliot (Elohimil)

From: Eliot (Elohimil)


Direct me to a leader that does not lie - please.

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IN ADDITION   thumbsup

Michael Lind,

"The New Politics of Class"

Telos Press Jan 20, 2023

Second Keynote Presentation at the "Marking Telos 200: The New Politics of Class" event in New York, NY, October 14–15, 2022, held at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY

"The New Politics of Class"
Michael Lind, University of Texas, Austin

Moderator: Marcia Pally, New York University 

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From: AuntBetsie


Utopian clash: The characterization of the tormenting anarchists.  Aren't we tired seeing the abuse they continue to implement on countless individuals?

Not a (Pinck0)

From: Not a (Pinck0)


Politicians switch skin and thoughts like chameleons.

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From: NewsFrea1


Hypocrisy and self-serving is the main source and goal most egotistical politicians contain to manipulate everyone.



From: SasBun


This is the opinionated control by the feared sumptuousness, we can't get purge yet!


From: drl0lip0p


Not possible,  because they all lie...

If they didn't - most voters won't vote or comply. 


From: BarthaS


"What happens in politics when one major party, or a major faction in both parties, commits itself to doomed utopian projects of social and economic engineering and seeks to capture and use government to impose its vision from above?"