‘I think of regressive leftism as a mind virus, a paralytic disease that is severely inhibiting the ability of Western societies to properly debate some of the most important issues they face. It is suffused with civilisational self-loathing — severely condemnatory of “white” post-Enlightenment Western societies yet prepared to overlook or apologise for the most egregious defects in other kinds of society.’
‘I believe the time has come for a fundamental rethinking of the lines of political division. At this historical juncture decent leftists must drop the masochistic obsession with denigrating post-Enlightenment Western civilisation and join with liberals, conservatives and others in a concerted effort to defend it against the unprecedented threats it now faces.’
Peter Baldwin was a minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor governments.
From ‘Regressive Left puts bigotry and militant Islam on a pedestal’, The Weekend Australian, 17 September 2016.