Christian fundamentalism is the framework that handles the operative behavior of the progressive left, as well as the mainstream boomer sect. This framework dates back to the Puritans and has only changed by moving the intellectual vanguard from the seminary centers to the university setting. The power in the American left derives from an information continuity pipeline that extends unbroken in time. This pipeline acts as a the top down communication apparatus that lets intellectual elders sculpt moralities, as well as create new constituencies that seamlessly transfers these new moral instructions to the priests\distributers, which works in a plausible narrative of justification to the common foot soldier. This means the message is consistent regardless of timeframe or where in the progressive hierarchy a layperson or theologian may be.
In contrast, the American right wing has modeled itself on a disastrous approach where the intellectual vanguard has no new social ideas to share with its foot soldiers. This has led to a continuous besiegement of constant social defeat for the right almost from the onset of modern times.
How it stands today: Milo, Laci, Gavin, Rachel and Rev. Estus Pirkle
For all the inclusive posturing, the modern progressive left is still primarily a Christian based movement, if not in ecumenical framework then certainly in practical execution. The left has always followed aesthetically if not ethically within the rigid puritanical Christian model. Much of this model is derived from wealthy Protestant sects. This model began to form as early as the anti-slavery movement. The movement was mostly northeast in location and used Christianity as its moral foundation and justification for social and political change. In time, the Christian based foundation dissolved but not the tactics used by the Protestant Christian model of public shaming and threat of financial\legal reprisal.
The modern system of how the left controls social discourse was once church based, but has since moved to the universities; however execution of discourse follows the same basic authoritarian model developed by the church. This model follows as such: First, at the top are the intellectual elders. They protect what is dogma. Next they determine what new ideas can be brought into the canon. These too will eventually become social dogma. Once the new ideas have been codified by the elders they are then sent to the priests that proselytize across America about the new social rules that are being put in place. After the shock and outrage subsides what remains is a new constituency that is either idea based or is in fact a group of people that always existed, but have since been refocused into the religion. No descent can be tolerated when talking about social dogma, nor can it be toyed with in reference to the newly created constituency. Even when expressing or actualizing situational morality a core of the new or old dogma must remain. This is a very puritanical approach that relies on the right wing’s Christian sense of shame. Perhaps that is something to correct on the right.
Laci Green is the perfect example of a progressive priest that uses her communication prowess to proselytize and instruct the foot soldier in what are the new moralities being installed as well reinforcing current dogma. Herself, a graduate of a seminary school of some note, she has been blessed with all the credentials and moral authority from the top tier of intellectual elders to be an official instructor of where the current acceptable boundaries are in the ever changing progressive social landscape. I’ve spent a few hours watching her YouTube videos and marveled at the concise to the bone instruction to her sizeable audience of what is socially allowable and what is not. If I had to guess her demographic it would likely be overwhelmingly younger people still looking for a way of proper social conduct. If you are a right winger I would implore you to try and remove all your emotion and watch a few of her videos without judgment. Marvel at how she handles her middle tier role of priest \instructor to her sizable audience that will no doubt try to conduct themselves in the manner she proposes. Note her use of language. She is conducting a sermon. Her condemnation is mostly directed towards a situation and what is proper behavior in that specific situation. No broad generalizations about a group of people is made that can’t be applied in any practical fashion. All of her videos are useful and can be applied in real-world situations. From these instructions comes a sense of moral authority to the foot soldier, after all, these instructions have been delivered from a priest. These instructions are practical enough that the chances of a foot soldier encountering a social infraction, and being able to identify it and then act accordingly with the proper vocabulary is quite high. The effect is the foot soldier is immediately given moral authority in the situation and the vanquished is forever shamed as well as to all that witness the shaming affair is given fair warning not to find themselves in such embarrassing circumstances. This goes on like dominos falling all across the nation.
Contrast the exquisite work of Laci Green with that of Gavin McInnes or even Milo Yiannopoulos. I think the best frame of mind to get in when describing the alt-right or modern right or mainstream right we can refer to the Rev. Estus Pirkle’s movie “If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?” Here we find an alarmist vision of Christians ruled by Communists whilst the godless rulers blaze from loudspeakers, “Christianity is stupid, Communism is good.” This is designed to enflame an audience with the dangers of an unknown outside or alien force that is poised to take over and subvert the current values. Take some time to watch it. It juxtaposes nicely and fits perfectly with what is happening with the modern right.
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