Monday, October 11, 2010

Watch out, the evil 'progressives' are coming

The men's dressing room at my gym is tuned all day long to the Fox Propaganda Network. And one thing I've been noticing, is that they really hate those 'evil progressives'. Apparently, progressives, who, according to Fox are way, way worse than those pot-smoking-tree-hugging-baby-aborting liberals, are plotting to grow the size of government and, huh, put an end to conservative crap.

Progressivism, it turns out, is simply a political attitude favoring or advocating changes or reform. That's it. Here's a nice little snippet borrowed from Wikipedia: 'According to John Halpin, senior advisor on the staff of the Center for American Progress, "Progressivism is an orientation towards politics. It's not a long-standing ideology like liberalism, but an historically-grounded concept... that accepts the world as dynamic." Progressives see progressivism as an attitude towards the world of politics that is broader than conservatism vs. liberalism, and as an attempt to break free from what they consider to be a false and divisive dichotomy.'

There. I hope that settles it.

The only constant thing is change. The Universe is a dynamic place, and we must constantly adapt to changing conditions, observe new trends, and always - ALWAYS - make intelligent, data-driven decisions.

We cannot make effective social or economic policy without sufficient data points to truly understand the effects of our actions. Unfortunately, demagogues of all political stripes adhere to parrot-repeated rhetoric, and promote social and economic doctrines that are untested and unproven.

So to hell with conservatives and liberals alike. Let's use proper logic and scientific methodologies for a change. So much of politics is bullsh*tty babble, it's time to grow up.