Things always get better—that is a key aspect of progressive thought, and a fundamental aspect of the teleology of the Left and associated liberal strands. The approach, of course, is naive, the conclusions wrong, but that does not prevent it from being quasi-hypnotic. Progressivism knows no bounds in its range and application, but the world of print is a central topic of its concern. This reflects the views that opinion is important, that opinion is influenced by publications (frequently a very top-down assumption), and that the Left has gained particularly from the world of print because free-thinking people who are fully informed must necessarily, or at least should, support the Left. As a consequence, freedom of expression and thought—classics of traditional liberal thought—were annexed by and for the Left.

Alongside the propagation of this view, indeed of this ideology, however, has come a...


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