I had an unoriginal thought worked out this morning that I wanted to share. Mostly it’s already well-established, but it does go in a slightly novel direction in explaining the ‘holiness’ spiral of modern society.
Modern progressive liberalism (viz. WW2 and after) is a specific negative type of Christianity. That much is obvious. Where our once-for-all and yet repeated-daily Eucharist (Malachi) is the navel and foundation of our religion, the Holocaust is the navel and foundation of modern progressive liberalism (hereafter MPL to save keystrokes).
First, this is specifically a negative type: in the true Passion, the Jews sacrifice the Christ; in the MPL passion, the Devil (née Hitler) sacrifices the Jews. (Other deaths due to Nazi eugenics or concentration or simple war-time conditions or the atrocities of modernist war are simply unimportant to MPL. It’s the Jews who count.)
Further, just as the priest unites the Church with the sacrifice of Christ in the daily remembrance of the Eucharist, the MPList unites the body of those who believe in MPL with the Holocaust through accusations of racism/sexism/etc. etc.
So far, so obvious, and it has been this way since at least the post-War period, though not too much prior to that.
We could also go into an analysis of how Christianity is the fulfillment of paganism whereas MPL is a resumption of that same paganism, as seen in the essential differences of their sacrifice and scapegoating rituals. But that’s been done much more thoroughly elsewhere.
However, the Christian Eucharist must be mediated by priests. The priesthood is hard to get into, and requires all kinds of commitments that make it unattractive, and the ranks of priests are limited by geographic, social, and political considerations. Plus, becoming a priest requires a strong indoctrination as to the nature, limits, and use of your powers, along with a whole lot of oversight.
Contrariwise, the MPL remembrance ritual can be enacted by anyone at any time (subject to certain limits regarding relative social status), comes with no restrictions on its use in the form of vows or prohibited behaviours, and confers social status upon those who do so.
So it’s no surprise MPL is so susceptible to ‘holiness’ spirals. Christianity has many mechanisms in place to interrupt such signals and suppress them, whereas MPL is specifically structured to encourage and amplify them.