Early progressives (i.e. statists), like fascists in the first half of the 1900s, saw great value in war. It wasn’t the fighting that they craved, but the singular focus on mobilizing the nation’s population towards a common state set goal. Peacetime obstacles like liberty and individual rights, eroded or evaporated under nationalistic fervors whipped up in time of war greatly simplifying state power expansion.
America saw this in WWII where citizens willingly sacrificed giving up sugar, or butter to support the war effort. Children enthusiastically scoured their neighborhoods for as part of metal drives, and rubber drives. Consumer product factories were happily converted to supply the military with equipment, and Americans did with less, or did without. Slogans like Do with less-so theyl’l have enough were shown all over the country. Total war was responsible for total civil mobilization.
Progressives continued to crave this war state power, and modern progressives came up with a strategy to get it free from the ravages of war.
They invented global catastrophism (creating Mountains out of Mole Hills) as a rallying cry, to not only mobilize a nation, but all nations in common. Liberal Fascism states
“the left has looked to everything from environmentalism and global warming to public health and diversity as war equivalents to cajole the public into expert-driven unity.”
They were wildly successful in the effort! What remains to be seen is the lasting effect catastrophism has. Eventually, people will wise up when the prognostications of doom don’t materialize.