Countering Progressive Nihilism

America’s homeless epidemic, along with a shocking rise in deaths from drug overdoses, stem from the same root cause: liberal progressive ideology. The seductive power of this ideology, which brims in equal measure with overwrought compassion for the less fortunate alongside fuming resentment towards the “privileged,” has earned it a dominant position in American culture.

Armed with the rhetorical equivalent of nuclear weaponry, but devoid of common sense or acceptance of hard truths, liberal progressive ideology defines the message and the agenda in public K-12 and higher education, entertainment, conventional media, social media, multinational corporations, powerful nonprofit organizations, and establishment politics. But the consequences of liberal progressive ideology are often nihilistic.

While countless critical issues are being ignored or made worse thanks to the influence of progressives, two of them, homelessness and drug related deaths, stand out. In these two cases, the failure of progressive policies are increasingly obvious, to the point where even liberals are beginning to demand a return to polices that worked in previous decades but were abandoned in recent years.

Progressive Policies Have Lost the War on Drugs

Two important recent articles explain not only how these two crises became so acute, but offer solutions. The first of these articles, published in American Greatness, was written by John Little, a prosecutor operating in a rural county in Ohio. Little has observed first hand the worsening opioid epidemic. He describes how the price of drugs has plummeted in recent years, claiming that just four years ago, […] Read More