06 February 2012

Unchaining Prometheus


Given the utter dominance of the liberal-progressive mindset in mass culture, a few questions arise:

  1. What are the key "myths" of liberal-progressivism?  (By "myths", of course, we mean underlying narrative structures and categorical frameworks — not necessarily falsehoods or fictions.)  In fact we assume that these structures are appealing only insofar as they approximate the truth.
  2. What are their foundations?  What is the matter from which they have been formed?  Take for example the doctrines at work in the "gay rights" movement.  Its core references are extremely clever, involving subtle transformations of several fundamental social ideals: human happiness, the binding power of nature, the primacy of human freedom, and the meaning of love.
  3. What is true in these myths?  Why do they appeal?  What do they get right that resonates in the minds of the many?
  4. How can they be perfected and/or subverted? How do the myths of liberal-progressivism lie?  How can their basic narratives be adapted and perfected so as to serve the truth?  To put it more deviously: how could the formal instruments of liberal propaganda be subverted?  What stories can be told to show the falsehood of their stories?  In the past thirty years a myth has spread about the American right: that it is essentially opposed to liberty and justice, that it is synonymous with a kind of narrow-minded misanthropy.  This has been an incredibly powerful tool.  What is the counter-narrative?  None exists to my knowledge.
Establishing a good set of answers to these questions seems like a reasonable starting point for a movement that is not narrowly anti-progressive (since anti-progressives inevitably lose the battle and usually become unknowing progressives in the process), but capable of countering the dominant ideology on a massive scale with something closer to the truth.