… is from page 236 of the 1997 Johns Hopkins University Press edition of H.L. Mencken’s indispensable 1956 collection, Minority Report:
Democracy in the United States wars violently against the one real value that it offers, to wit, the enhancement of the dignity of the individual. It is always trying to reduce him to dependence and subservience. The more resolutely he tries to be his own man, the greater are his difficulties.
Yes. “Progressives” fancy themselves to be progressive because they assume that their habit of supporting government programs with titles that announce good intentions to help others somehow makes them more advanced, intellectually and ethically, than are those who oppose such programs. For “Progressives,” other people exist to be helped with gaudy, big ‘programs’ so that “Progressives” who design and support these gaudy, big programs can congratulate themselves on their imagined humanity for helping others. “Progressives” do not understand that no individual can be truly dignified if he or she is unfree and not responsible for his or her own successes and failures.