It is undeniable that progressive liberalism is a failed political ideology in government when compared to conservatism. It is undeniable because it falls behind conservatism on just about every measure of national progress you can think of.
Whether it is education, crime, health, social mobility, the economy, manufacturing, employment, equality or general quality of life issues there have been marked declines over the last 50 years of progressive liberalism whereas, in comparison, the previous 50 years of conservatism brought meteoric improvements in all these areas.
So it’s not a question of whether progressive liberalism fails or not – it is only a question of why does it fail?
It fails for the simple reason that it ignores the basic principle of good government – i.e. that a government should always aim to do what is right for the majority of the people it governs.
What does that mean?
It means that any thing which the government proposes should be aimed at achieving the maximum benefit or the least inconvenience for the greatest number of people.
Progressive liberalism fails because it turns this basic fundamental of good governance on its head. Rather than enacting laws for the benefit of most people it enacts laws for the benefit of a few. Rather than enacting laws which cause the least inconvenience for the majority of people they enact laws which cause the majority the greatest inconvenience.
Such a system is bound to cause dissatisfaction, division and can only lead to a fractured nation in a perpetual state of conflict as more and more minority groups compete for the special attention of government – and the more that the government concedes to these special interest groups the more divisive it becomes.
To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, a government can not keep everybody happy all of the time so its aim first and foremost must always be to keep as many people happy as often as they can. If by doing so that means that a few minority groups have to accept being slightly worse off than the majority then so be it. If, however, the actions of government mean that the majority are the ones who have to accept infringements on their rights, freedoms and liberties then that nation is heading for a monumental fall.
Good governance should be about doing the most good for the most people – not the fewest. Progressive liberalism ignores this principle and this is why it will always fail.