May 18th, 2022


Progressivism Pitches Sympathy but Produces Suffering

Laura Hollis

By Laura Hollis

Published November 11, 2021

Brave and forthright intellectual Bari Weiss published in her Substack account this past week an essay written by Rob Henderson, a doctoral candidate at Cambridge University.

Henderson's poignant story starts with a drug-addicted mother and carries him like flotsam through the California foster care system and multiple families to eventual adoption, the divorce of his adoptive parents, the miraculous intervention of a high school teacher, a stint in the military and then his matriculation at Yale on the G.I. Bill.

It is, to say the least, a statistically unlikely positive outcome for someone with his background.

In other writings, Henderson has coined the term "luxury beliefs." Weiss explains in her introduction to his essay that these are "fashionable" views that "confer immediate status on those espousing them" but that "can only be afforded by people whose status shields them from the harm those views can cause."