Deep down, progressives (i.e. socialists) are not populists. Deep down, progressives despise the majority of their fellow citizens, and don’t trust them at all. They love America but hate most of the Americans. Progressives are entranced with the possibilities presented by a benevolent dictatorship. They ignore the peril, that it can mutate into a malevolent dictatorship because they believe in their own virtue. They’re sure it won’t happen if they’re in charge. As to Democracy? It’s a burden, a barrier; it gives the vote to all the rednecks and knuckle-draggers who have been mislead by the evil capitalists (remember the Doctrine of False Consciousness? Pernicious claptrap, that one, but it has a lot of currency on the left) and will resist the Progressive program even though it’s Obviously the right thing to do.

If only Progressives, as an enlightened elite, had the ability to impose their program on the rest of us, eventually we’d come around to their point of view. But that means they need dictatorial power, and Democracy prevents that.

— Steven Den Beste, in a sadly all-too-rare return to the Blogosphere today. Read the whole thing.™

(Via The Crawdad Hole.)