In my book Deconstructing Progressive Christianity I burst the progressivist euphoria bubble by showing that, even as there is progress of a sort in science, the human race is collectively stunted when it comes to morality.
Another example of this is seen in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. (10/18/23)
In "Dostoevsky Knew: It Can Happen Here," Northwestern University professor Gary Saul Morson utilizes Dostoevsky and Alexander Solzhenitsyn to show that the heinous atrocities of Hamas and Isis are often perpetrated by intellectual sophisticates and elites. Theirs is a cautionary tale, telling us the same can happen today.
All that's needed are ideologues. Quoting Dostoevsky,
“Ideology—that is what gives evil-doing its long-sought justification and gives the evil-doer the necessary steadfastness and determination . . . so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but receive praise and honors.”