Authoritarianism, whether from the liberal or conservative side of things, is repugnant. We should be vigilant in recognizing it’s crafty nature of wanting to control life in America.
There is a huge difference in authority and authoritarianism. Authority is ordained by God. God is in control. Men and women who crave power are prone to authoritarianism and we should be cautious around them.
As our current election highlights, it is not just a left or right approach. When anyone wants a way of governing that values order and control over personal freedom we should listen and act with caution. I haven’t heard any of our current candidates talk about freedom, liberty and our constitution at all.
Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science.
Four core tenets of progressivism are: First, history has a destination. Second, progressives uniquely discern it. (Barack Obama frequently declares things to be on or opposed to “the right side of history.”) Third, politics should be democratic but peripheral to governance, which is the responsibility of experts scientifically administering the regulatory state. Fourth, enlightened progressives should enforce limits on speech (witness IRS suppression of conservative advocacy groups) in order to prevent thinking unhelpful to history’s progressive unfolding.
Source: Climate Change Consensus: Science Is Unsettled