Transnational progressivism

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Transnational progressivism is a term coined by Hudson Institute Fellow John Fonte in 2001 to describe an ideology which endorses a concept of postnational global citizenship and promotes the authority of international institutions over the sovereignty of individual nation-states.[1][2][3]


Fonte argued that the core beliefs of this view include:

  • Advocating the goals of an identity group rather than individual: "The key political unit is not the individual citizen...but the ascriptive group (racial, ethnic, or gender) into which one is born."[1][2][3]
  • An oppressor/victim dichotomy: "Transnational ideologists have incorporated the essentially Hegelian Marxist "privileged vs. marginalized" dichotomy," with "immigrant groups designated as victims."[1][2][3]
  • Proportional representation by group: "Transnational progressivism assumes that "victim" groups should be represented in all professions roughly proportionate to their percentage of the population. If not, there is a problem of "underrepresentation."[1][2][3]
  • Change in institutional values: "the distinct worldviews of ethnic, gender, and linguistic minorities must be represented" within dominant social and political institutions.[2][3]
  • Change in the assimilation paradigm: "The traditional paradigm based on the assimilation of immigrants into an existing American civic culture is obsolete and must be changed to a framework that promotes "diversity," defined as group proportionalism."[1][2][3]
  • Redefinition of democracy: "Changing the system of majority rule among equal citizens to one of power sharing among ethnic groups composed of both citizens and non-citizens."[1][2][3]
  • Deconstruction of Western national narratives and national symbols in favor of post-modern multiculturalist views.[2]

Transnational progressivism in fiction[edit]

In John Ringo's military science fiction series Legacy of the Aldenata, the Aldenata are described disparagingly as "galactic tranzis".

Tom Kratman references tranzi in "Caliphate", a near future science fiction novel. In the afterword, which is not fiction, he describes how the tranzi's policy of appeasement and inertia cause the subjection of Europe to Islamic control.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f John Fonte, "The Ideological War Within the West," Watch on the West, Volume 3, Number 6, May 2002
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h John Fonte, "Liberal Democracy vs. Transnational Progressivism: The Future of the Ideological Civil War Within the West," Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. Orbis, Summer 2002
  3. ^ a b c d e f g John Fonte, "Global Governance vs. the Liberal Democratic Nation-State," Front Page Magazine, June 04, 2008

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