The "Progressive" movement like all proto-totalitarian movements has morphed into a thug like cult of fanatics who are humorless, insensitive and intolerant of anyone who gets in their way.
They take on pseudo sacramental symbolic rituals speech and actions of the religions they so despise because their lives are empty and divorced from the reality of the human condition.
They want a society where the collective will as defined by a select elite few squashes individual wants, needs and rights like a bug.
To get to the utopia of automatons they desire, they have to dismantle western civilization, brick by brick. In the process of doing this they have become the purveyors of truly asinine and idiotic ideas due to their lack of connectivity to historic norms that have stood the test of time... hence the circus we are threatened with being imprisoned in at the present.
America is in the midst of the of the rise of neo-Jacobin politics trying to create a French Revolution "deux" to replace ex post facto, the revolution which gave us our freedom and liberties. Ironically it is also simultaneously going down the "Red Book road" via a domestic version of China's "Cultural Revolution" where those who don't demonstrate sufficient ideological purity and zeal, first become pariahs while on their way to becoming enemies of the state.