If you accept the Wikipedia definition of liberalism, you find that the current people who describe themselves as “progressive” have become very illiberal although they (and their detractors) still call themselves liberals. I recommend that we stop using these terms interchangeably because once upon a time, being a liberal meant having core values of liberty and now it is just …
All forms of human inequality and cruelty are emergent properties of the systems we create. Parents view children as wealth. Social groups view themselves in competition. Nations fight to preserve industry, borders, and populations. And people work to acquire privileged positions with regard to information, wealth, and influence.
The biggest existential threat to civilization, not to humanity per se, is actually technology
So what is the meaning of labor day? It is the end of summer, a castrated celebration of the worker’s right to have dignity despite the de facto acquiescence to the power to corporate feudal lords. It is also a reminder that the worker’s of the world will never dare to unite because inside each one of them is a latent fear of some Stalinist, atheistic, progressive agenda that would threaten the myth of free market, trickle down natural order.
Gaia theory holds that the earth is a system. Since we are just an emergent part of the system, like a yeast colony, we cannot really destroy the earth despite our efforts to make a buck and enslave a few billion in the bargain. Happy Earth Day!
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