My support for progressive policies is motivated by a firm belief that most people are crazy, evil, or just plain stupid and cannot be left to their own devices without ultimately screwing themselves and/or others
Most people aren't crazy, evil, or stupid, but what most people are is lazy and uncaring. And there's nothing wrong with that. Until they are led around by the nose from the small segment of people who crazy, evil, or just plain stupid (some dictators fall into all three).
But it is a convincing argument against democracy either way. The 2016 elections in the US right now are exactly what liberal democracy will lead to in the end.
I don't see any contradiction between being a progressive and a control freak because "freedom" to me means freedom for them, not us ... since we have well-developed internal restraints, so while reducing external restraints wouldn't change our behaviors, it would change the behaviors of the people that we are logically most interested in controlling.
Interesting. It's impossible to have freedom without a strong government regulating freedom in every aspect, because with total freedom inevitably people will screw over the weak, the stupid, etc. and then eventually screw each other over, creating in the end a system of social darwinism where corporations led by evil men rule over everyone. Where is freedom then? Freedom truly is a paradox with no real answer. That's why we need the NSA, and that's why we need the police and army to enforce society's laws, and why we need to prisons to reform the misguided and punish the evil, and mental institutions to contain the insane.
If only we really could "throw away" all the clinical psychopaths (as defined by patterns of behavior and/or measurable physical differences in brain structure): throw every banker, MBA, and Republican politician in jail.
A lot of clinical psychopaths/mentally ill do belong confined/institutionalised/in jail, but only those who have actually committed crimes. The thing to do with the rest is to, ironically, use them for the greater good to keep society functioning. That's my rationale for supporting the NSA, for instance--it wouldn't be a bad organisation if it were working for good (which the US is not at the moment). You can't have a society without businessmen, bankers, etc., you just need to have those people working for the greater good.
I would agree lots of Republican politicians do belong in jail.
Some are, but a lot of illegal drugs are relatively harmless like marijuana, LSD, mushrooms, etc. for their effects on the body and society. I don't see why those drugs are illegal while tobacco and alcohol are legal. And as we found out, Prohibition is/was simply a pointless, freedom-restricting policy with questionable benefits. Therefore, legalise most drugs, but keep meth, heroin, etc. illegal.