HuffPo’s editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen rejected a description of her news media outlet as “left-leaning” during a Sunday discussion panel with CNN’s Brian Stelter for Reliable Sources.
Opting for the term “progressive” (a rebranding of neo-Marxism), Polgreen sought to dismiss the left-right paradigm’s utility as a political barometer in contemporary America.
Partial transcript below.
STELTER: Lydia, HuffPost has a left-leaning reputation. You are about to go on a bus tour to listen to the whole of the country. Are you trying to change that?
POLGREEN: Change our left-leaning reputation?
STELTER: Yes, trying to gain trust by trying to appeal to the mass of the country.
POLGREEN: I would say that we have a progressive reputation. And I think that left and right are frankly not very useful descriptors anymore.
Watch Polgreen's comments below.
Regular rebranding is a permanent feature of leftism, including the attempted excision of terms such as “communism,” “Marxism,” and “socialism” and their derivatives from political vernacular. Leftists have also sought to corrupt terms such as “liberalism” and “democracy.”
Neo-Marxism is a political paradigm in which human events are viewed through a lens of power dynamics; whereas Marxism simplifies sociological outcomes as primarily a function of “class struggle” between proletariat and capitalists, neo-Marxists concoct hierarchies of group-based oppression along the lines such as race, sex, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Contemporary neo-Marxist self-descriptions as "progressive" are predicated on a perception of human nature as fluid — and perfectable — across time and space; hence the implied "progress" of humanity if controlled by "progressive" systems. The primary tool through which human nature can be perfected, according to "progressive" ideology, is centralized state power.
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