Today's progressives are masses of bluepillers [link] led by a bunch of cynical, manipulative types who don't believe a word of the nonsense themselves, but who recognize it as an excellent ideology to keep their followers in line. Stalin, Mao, and Castro spring to mind. And some are much more inept, like Hillary. You might say there are three groups: the followers, who swallow the agenda and narrative whole (Orwell's Proles); the lower cadre, who know that much of the ideology is phony, but they believe it's leading in the right direction (Orwell's Outer Party); and then you have the leaders at the top — the Clinton and Bush families, practically everybody in Congress, and big fat cat capitalists like George Soros (Orwell's Inner Party).
And now, here's a nice speech on the progressives by Stephen W. Browne. Stephen's blog is here: