Letters to a Young Programmer: 5

No rhetoric, no arguments: Merely questions.

1. When one reads literature from the 19th century or early to mid 20th century, it is obvious that women did not feel unsafe in public spaces, nor were they pestered obnoxiously when they published in newspapers or magazines. So if women today are unsafe online, or at conferences at Moscone Center (perhaps the least convenient venue imaginable to commit harassment or rape) — isn’t that an indictment of progressive society?

2. When should current progressive policies on race be abandoned, on the grounds of complete failure, and decisions handed over to a non-progressive ruling apparatus? This is a non-rhetorical question demanding a specific year. 2025? 2035? 2064?

3. Democracy is a universal good that should be enjoyed by all nations. So sayeth the people of America; so doeth the State Department of America.

What makes this different from a program of world conquest?

4a. Do you think that a person of average intelligence can reason abstractly about political issues?

4b. Moral issues?

5a. Decolonialized Africa has been a basket case for half a century. When will it become acceptable for wealthy and powerful nations to give up on the current African milieu and return to colonialism? (Again, please answer with a concrete time.)

5b. And if the answer is “never”, why?

6a. Do progressives of your acquaintance ever express regret that their policies were carried to extremes, have gone too far?

6b. If the answer is no: is it likely a priori that an ideology would never be taken to excess, would never make mistakes that needed to be retracted?

7. Do you know any progressives who prefer to be modest or even anonymous when acting on the dictates of their beliefs?

8. Has social justice theory such as “microaggression” been subjected to a thorough critical scientific review?

9. Suppose a right-wing power structure were to ally with the white underclass in the same manner as the Democrat/progressive coalition allies with the black underclass. What would that be like?

10. Who do you think has in practice a freer scope for expression? You, the enlightened technology worker? Or a minor member of the 19th-century nobility?