People say that I’ve changed. Politically, I mean. But that’s not really true. I’m actually way too rigid for that. I believe exactly what I always did but if twenty years ago these beliefs made me a progressive, today progressivism has departed so far from these ideas that holding them makes you something very different.
Take, for instance, the discussion about the citizenship question on the census. Together with other progressives I was always opposed to taxpayers funding capital’s exploitation of labor. Remember how we used to oppose the fact that Walmart or MacDonald’s employees were so underpaid that they had to be on social assistance? Right? I’m not crazy, am I? We were against that.
Well, I haven’t really changed. I’m still obstinately, outdatedly against that. Illegal immigrants are exploited by employers who underpay them and obviously provide no benefits. The tax payers are supposed to facilitate this by providing things that these exploited workers don’t get from employers. The census allows to calculate the amounts each area gets for social spending. Sneaking illegal immigrants into the census without remarking on their citizenship status ensures that they will be provided for by the taxpayers and dishonest, predatory employers are off the hook. I’m still against that but the progressive movement has made a 180° turnaround and is now aggressively, hysterically in favor of facilitating this exploitation.