The “progressive” worldview assumes that society is getting better and better. That is to say, history is on an inexorable march towards “progress.” Thus, those on the left are fond of saying some one they oppose is “on the wrong side of history.”
This leads to the assumption that progressive gains may never be reversed, that progressive change is inevitable, and that progressives are justified by a power higher than themselves (not God, but History). Furthermore, we must be open to change as we evolve to a higher and higher level.
For example, the nation state is thought to be rapidly becoming obsolete. “History” dictates first the rise of globalism, in economics and in free immigration, and then the rise of global government.
Never mind that history is not so linear at all and is full of twists, reversals, and surprises. But the assumption of inevitable progress–which derives from Hegel, Darwin, and Marx–continues to animate the rhetoric of the left. Rich Lowry discusses this after the jump.