It's Labor Day, the last holiday of the summer. And if you're like me, you're probably taking the opportunity to enjoy a nice warm day with family and friends. Maybe a walk in the woods. Maybe a dip in the lake. Maybe a traditional cookout. In large part it's just simple enjoyment of the blessings of life; and in part it's also a celebration of the remarkably widespread prosperity that America has brought to its citizens, even regular working people, that is unique in human history.
Or maybe you're a progressive. In that case, you are probably spending your Labor Day overcome with guilt and shame.
Just a couple of weeks ago I took a look at progressive psychology as revealed in a letter to a New York Times advice column. The letter writer, who signed him or herself "Whitey," claimed to be overcome with shame by the very fact of being "white":
I’m riddled with shame. White shame. . . . I feel like there is no “me” outside of my white/upper middle class/cisgender identity. I feel like my literal existence hurts people, like I’m always taking up space that should belong to someone else. . . .
Many commenters on the web read the letter and thought it had to be a parody.Read More