“…Essentially Progressivism calls for never-ending change, another area where it differs with conservativism in a big way. Conservatism, as its name implies, means to conserve, as in saving what is true, beautiful and unchanging over time. In a word, tradition, as first articulated by Edmund Burke. Progressivism is inherently never satisfied with the status quo. It is always demanding change and pointing to even the most trivial things in the life that are either unfair or offensive or both. It is the philosophy of perpetual grievance that needs to keep people angry in order to keep them in line and not distracted so people won’t consider any alternative points of view. Daniel Greenfield on his blog Sultan Knish described it perfectly with one sentence:
“To be a progressive is to be committed to perpetual reform in the name of perpetual grievance for perpetual power.”
So what is going on in American society and why is there an epidemic of depression and anxiety? To extrapolate on Daniel Greenfield’s quote, what’s going on is that progressivism leads to perpetual discontent. And what happens at a personal level is when the primary values of hyper-individualism are more money, more fun, more things, more vacations, how can one possibly be content? And in the constant and exhausting search for personal peace and acceptance, one inevitably becomes either depressed or stressed out or both. It also leads to isolation and loneliness, usually significant contributors to depression. These are the unintended consequences of unrestrained radical individualism of the left…” Is There a Link Between Progressivism and Depression?