Thursday, November 16, 2023

What is "progress"?

According to, progress is: 

  1. a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage:the progress of a student toward a degree.

  2. developmental activity in science, technology, etc., especially with reference to the commercial opportunities created thereby or to the promotion of the material well-being of the public through the goods, techniques, or facilities created.

I'm not opposed to actual progress on principle, although I don't think it's always necessary. If I consider it an improvement, I'm probably all for it.

Political "progress", as embraced by "progressives", is usually movement to a lower stage; a backward movement toward a backward goal. Less than the alternative path.

Censorship to spare people from having to hear the truth-- or even lies-- is not a worthwhile goal, nor is it a higher stage.
The same goes for anti-defense rules. Barbaric and backward, not progress.

More slavery-- less liberty-- isn't a move in the right direction, no matter what your excuse might be.

I'd say that any new legislation always results in the opposite of progress.

To me, it is only progress if it moves closer to respecting the equal and identical natural rights and liberty of ALL humans. It involves removing government influence from all facets of life, not imposing more of it.

But, of course, to avoid thinking actual thoughts using words ("word-thinking"), you can call it what you want when someone wants more authoritarian control (backed with government violence) over your fellow humans.

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