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Those Fab Progressives

2010/10/15

From Hyperdictionary:

Webster’s 1913 Dictionary
Definition:
  1. \Fa"bi*an\, a. [L. Fabianus, Fabius, belonging to
    Fabius.]
    Of, pertaining to, or in the manner of, the Roman general,
    Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus; cautious; dilatory;
    avoiding a decisive contest.
    
    {Fabian policy}, a policy like that of Fabius Maximus, who,
       by carefully avoiding decisive contests, foiled Hannibal,
       harassing his army by marches, countermarches, and
       ambuscades; a policy of delays and cautions.
    
  2. \Fa"bi*an\, n.
    A member of, or sympathizer with, the Fabian Society.
    
  3. \Fa"bi*an\, a.
    1. Of or pertaining to the Roman gens Fabia.
    
    2. Designating, or pertaining to, a society of socialists,
       organized in England in 1884 to spread socialistic
       principles gradually without violent agitation.
    
             The Fabian Society proposes then to conquer by
             delay; to carry its programme, not by a hasty rush,
             but through the slower, but, as it thinks, surer
             methods of patient discussion, exposition, and
             political action.   - William  Clarke.
    

The American ‘Progressive‘ movement, too, “proposes then to conquer by delay; to carry its programme, not by a hasty rush, but through the slower, but, as it thinks, surer methods of patient discussion, exposition, and political action.” Cancer and rot by any other name would smell as sweet.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/10/15 18:02

    Perfect analogy!

  2. Fulminacio Escalante permalink
    2010/10/17 17:22

    Harvard under Pusey was already Fabian. They were the non-bolshevik communists Roosevelt brought to DC and who lodged and proliferated there and the other major cities of the country with the connivance of elements of La Cosa Nostra and more recently the Moslem Brotherhood, whose founders stood up communist tactics in Egypt and beyond. These allies feel secure in their sinecures.

  3. 2010/10/20 21:26

    The entire Progressive Caucus in the Democrat congress can claim this association on their business cards…or websites. I guess business cards are “so yesterday.”

    • 2010/10/21 00:47

      There was a time – up until, oh, two, three years ago when “Progressive” had a coolcache to it. Today it’s dyslogistic… now that so many have read the works of “progressives” and now fully understand their motives and goals.

      Cheers!

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