Is there a rise in puritanism?

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KingBradly
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Puritan
  • a member of a group of English Protestants of the late 16th and 17th centuries who regarded the Reformation of the Church under Elizabeth I as incomplete and sought to simplify and regulate forms of worship.
  • a person with censorious moral beliefs, especially about self-indulgence and sex.


I am of course talking about puritanism as in the latter definition, as it is most commonly used.

There seems to be an increase in puritanism at the moment. Those of the right-wing are of course very often deeply puritanical, but the left-wing also has its own breed of particularly pious right-on puritanism, especially on the far left. Many people seem to try and veil their puritanism with some absurd pretence of liberalism.

For example, all these so-called feminists protesting against pornography, strip clubs, or lads mags, are nothing more than puritans trying to pretend their agenda has some kind of righteous purpose.

Newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent seem to increasingly support this breed of puritanical right-on liberalism. They readily seem to de-humanise anyone who doesn't worry about their 'carbon footprint', doesn't think that 'sexual objectification' is a huge problem, doesn't think that banning hunting is necessarily helpful, or doesn't think socialism is the answer to everything.

On a very different side of things we have an increase of Muslim immigrants in the UK. In my experience Muslims are particularly pious and puritanical, and their manner harks back to the actual puritans of the 1500-1600s.

Additionally there seems to be an increase of right-wing white traditionalism on the internet. Take a look a mega forums such as 4chan and you'll see a vast amount of racism, misogyny, homophobia, sexual conservatism, and patriarchal views and it isn't simply a matter of trolling any more, many of the users actually seem to feel very strongly about their views and are easily vexed by any whiff of someone sporting a 'live and let live' attitude.

I think it's sad because progressive liberalism as it began to flourish in the 60s was all about letting people live and let live, and helping people out if they need it, but not to the point where it actually impeaches people's freedom.

These days much of the left-wing has become just as pious, puritanical and judgemental as the right-wing, which unfortunately has inadvertently only encouraged more people to be right-wing.

Meanwhile, Islam is becoming increasingly widespread in the West.

It's a shame because people seem to have totally forgotten what liberalism was actually supposed to be all about: personal freedom.

I really hope that ideal isn't completely dead.
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The Left do not believe that consequences, natural, unintentional or inevitable, are the moral responsibility of those who commit to actions which they deem to be "good" ie "left wing".

This permits them to accuse white British people who reject mass immigration as being "racist" whilst openly celebrating the fact that white British people have been reduced to an ethnic minority in their own capital city.
This permits them to vilify Conservatives and Christians on subjects such as homosexual "marriage" whilst embracing Islamists and foreigners who despise the same.
Hyper egalitarianism and rampant globalism (the Left call for the whole world to be "equal" whilst blaming their political opponents for the economic race to the bottom, a direct consequence of their agenda) is Communism rebranded for the 21st century.

As Dan Hannan said: Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of fascism: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/da...andescent-why/
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(Original post by thesabbath)
The Left do not believe that consequences, natural, unintentional or inevitable, are the moral responsibility of those who commit to actions which they deem to be "good" ie "left wing".

This permits them to accuse white British people who reject mass immigration as being "racist" whilst openly celebrating the fact that white British people have been reduced to an ethnic minority in their own capital city.
This permits them to vilify Conservatives and Christians on subjects such as homosexual "marriage" whilst embracing Islamists and foreigners who despise the same.
Hyper egalitarianism and rampant globalism (the Left call for the whole world to be "equal" whilst blaming their political opponents for the economic race to the bottom, a direct consequence of their agenda) is Communism rebranded for the 21st century.

As Dan Hannan said: Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of fascism: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/da...andescent-why/
I find it bizarre that fascism and libertarianism are both considered to be right-wing political ideologies despite the fact they are almost completely opposite. It's almost as if the left considers any ideologies, which aren't their particular brand of socialism, to be right-wing.

I'm not against socialism at all I support many of it's ideals, I just hate the pious, sanctimonious, self-righteousness that the left now seems to so often represent.
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Puritans are life's spoil sports. Just moonwalk and wave streamers in their faces, that should shut em up.
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