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Show No Mercy

I commend Dan Tortorice [“The Real Progress of the Progressive Movement,” August 22] for showing how the “progressive” movement is based on economic unreality.

I was disappointed, though, with the end of his column, where he states, “One cannot help but sympathize with the progressive movement. Its members have incredible empathy for the suffering of others.” Here, he concedes that the progressives still have the moral high ground. They do not.

The real villain behind the progressives’ faulty economics is the morality of altruism, the creed that one should live for the sake of others, but not for his own sake. As long as the progressives cling to altruism, they will continue to advocate policies that lead to poverty instead of prosperity, and suffering instead of happiness. For this they deserve total, unqualified condemnation.

Michael E. Rolish ’04