The Two Progressive Impulses
Among cultural-political “progressives” (or liberals, if you prefer this label) there are found two apparently contradictory impulses: a libertarian impulse and a totalitarian impulse.
On the one hand, progressives are great believers in personal liberty and great haters of restrictions on personal liberty. They denounce, for instance, almost all restrictions on sexual liberty. They concede of course that there must be some social and even legal restrictions. Thus one must not commit rape or any other form of sexual assault. To be morally licit, as the progressive sees things, sex must be purely voluntary on the part of both partners.