The following excerpt was written by Mark Meckler and Jakob Fay and first published on The Epoch Times. Click here to read the entire article there!

Picture today’s quintessential TikTok star with her (or is it “zer”?) unheard-of gender identity, unpronounceable pronouns, and glorified mental illness.

Picture those “woke” college professors who rail against “anti-messiness,” “pro-niceness,” and organized pantries.

Listen to modern relationship “experts” who basically just say ignore all traditional mores, be as promiscuous as possible, never get married, and never have kids.

What do all of these people have in common? What binds them all with one unifying worldview?

In a word, transgression, the doctrine of transgression.

In 2023 left-wing America, transgression is all the rage. Personal autonomy has been unmoored from reality, and now we’re free to pursue authenticity at the expense of tradition and order. Anything that stands in the way of that pursuit must be cast down. Anything that dares impede on the deified self is called repressive and evil, and therefore, to transgress it—whether it be a social or religious standard, norm, or expectation—is seen as inherently virtuous.

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So influential is this transgressive school of thought that social critics have coined the term “transgressivism” as the up-and-coming substitute for progressivism.

As defined by commentator Ben Shapiro, transgressivism is the “philosophy of identity [that] revolves around … destroying the boundaries and roles and rules of social acceptability, all in the name of ‘liberating’ the passions.”

It’s an ideology that involves the rejection of all norms (societal, cultural, religious, moral, and artistic). It explains moral decay, pervasive libertinism, radical gender ideology, the rise of religious “nones,” declining birth rates, decadence, and so much more about modernity.

Transgressivism’s only standard is authenticity. Its only regulatory principle is consent. As long as no one is harmed (this is where consent comes into play) and the self is appeased, nothing can possibly be wrong.

Except, of course, for anything that implicates the individual of wrongdoing, anything that suggests that man should suppress and control his appetitive soul. The virtue isn’t in transgressing for the sake of transgressing, although it often appears that way. The virtue is in being true to one’s own self.

Transgressing societal norms, standards, expectations, and traditions are merely seen as steps in the noble pursuit of being true to one’s own self. They’re obstacles that must be overcome.

In other words, when authenticity is god, transgression is a necessary sacrament.

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Mark Meckler is president of Convention of States. Jakob Fay is a staff writer for the Convention of States.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.