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Historically, Progressives view themselves as "enlightened" social reformers apart from the ignorant and unwashed masses. [[Gay marriage]] for example is considered a progressive social reform.
 
Historically, Progressives view themselves as "enlightened" social reformers apart from the ignorant and unwashed masses. [[Gay marriage]] for example is considered a progressive social reform.
  
Progressives use the term in contrast to "regressive" policies of their opponents. For example, progressives will ask rhetorically, "Do you want to go back to the 1950s?" implying that women were oppressed by being forced to be [[housewife|housewives]] and men were oppressed by being falsely accused of favoring Communism (see [[McCarthyism]]).
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===Colonialism and the Enlightenment===
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Progressivism became highly significant during the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, out of the [[racist]] belief that white Europe was demonstrating that societies could "progress" in civility from uncivilized conditions to civilization through strengthening the basis of [[Empiricism|empirical knowledge]] as the foundation of society. Figures of the [[Enlightenment]] had the racist belief that "progress" had universal application to all societies and that these ideas would [[colonialism|spread across the world]] from [[Caucasian|white]] Europe. By the early-20th century progressivism was tied to [[eugenics]]<ref>{{cite journal |title=Retrospectives: Eugenics and Economics in the Progressive Era |journal=Journal of Economic Perspectives |year=2005 |last=Leonard |first=Thomas |volume=19 |issue=4 |pages=207–224 |doi=10.1257/089533005775196642 |url=[https://www.princeton.edu/~tleonard/papers/retrospectives.pdf]] |accessdate= |deadurl=bot: unknown |archiveurl=[https://web.archive.org/web/20170820132528/https://www.princeton.edu/~tleonard/papers/retrospectives.pdf] |archivedate=20 August 2017 |df=dmy-all }}</ref><ref>{{cite book|date=2005|last=Freeden|first=Michael|authorlink=|title=Liberal Languages: Ideological Imaginations and Twentieth-Century Progressive Thought|pages=144–165|publisher=Princeton University Press|location=[[Princeton]]|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=1Lpu8wwvA1AC&pg=144|isbn=0691116776}}</ref><ref>{{cite journal|jstor=4026900|title=Geneticists and the Eugenics Movement in Scandinavia|last=Roll-Hansen|first=Nils|journal=The British Journal for the History of Science|volume=22|issue=3|pages=335–346|date=1989}}</ref>
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===Marxism===
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[[File:Death-by-government.png|right|350px|thumb|Extermination of opponents by Progressive regimes, in millions.]]
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[[Karl Marx]] took the [[Hegelian]] conception of linear-progressive history and applied the idea of  [[class warfare]] to address [[income inequality]].
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In the mid 19th century [[Social Darwinism]], with its racism and commitment to [[science]], was an important facet of Progressivism; in America however, after the [[Civil War]], many adherents of the [[Social Gospel]] movement called themselves "progressive" and advocated for [[equality]] for [[Blacks]] and social reform. For a time there was an odd admixture of atheists and racists citing a scientific basis for their beliefs, and church people, all claiming the name progressive.
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In Europe however, after the [[First World War]], Progressive [[atheist]]s won a great victory with the [[Bolshevik]] Revolution in Russia, the suppression of the [[Russian Orthodox Church]], and overthrow of the existing social order.
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In explaining the ruinous upheavals Progressivism brought to his homeland, [[Alexander Solzhenitsyn]] said, {{quotebox|"while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen [[Russia]]: Men have forgotten [[God]]; that’s why all this has happened."<ref>http://orthochristian.com/47643.html</ref>>}}
  
 
===Progressive era 1892-1924===
 
===Progressive era 1892-1924===
It was also meant to create a belief that [[conservatives]] are not able to think of a progressive future for the [[United States]].  The most famous historical usage of the term was in the 1890s to 1920s, sometimes called the [[Progressive Era]].  During the Progressive Era, politicians of both parties and various ideologies adopted the term, notably [[Theodore Roosevelt]], a Republican who founded the [[Progressive Party]] (also known as the Bull Moose Party) and [[Woodrow Wilson]].
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It was also meant to create a belief that [[conservatives]] are not able to think of a progressive future for the [[United States]].  The most famous historical usage of the term in America was in the 1890s to 1920s, sometimes called the [[Progressive Era]].  During the Progressive Era, politicians of both parties and various ideologies adopted the term, notably [[Theodore Roosevelt]], a Republican who founded the [[Progressive Party]] and implemented the [[Civil Service Commission|Civil Service Act]], and [[Woodrow Wilson]], who impossed [[segregation]] throughout the federal government.<ref>https://www.nationalreview.com/2013/04/progressive-racism-paul-rahe/amp/</ref>
  
 
Ironically, progressives began using the word "[[liberal]]" in the early 20th century when the word "progressive" openly was associated with [[Marxism]].
 
Ironically, progressives began using the word "[[liberal]]" in the early 20th century when the word "progressive" openly was associated with [[Marxism]].
  
 
===Presidential election 1948===
 
===Presidential election 1948===
The [[Progressive Party]] of 1948 was a creation of the [[Communist Party]],<ref>Barry Loberfeld, "[http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=11398 The Real Meaning of "Progressive" Politics], FrontPageMagazine.com, September 28, 2004</ref> growing out of [[CPUSA]] General Secretary Eugene Dennis' February 12, 1946 order "to establish in time for the 1948 elections a national third party."<ref>Eugene Dennis, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=TafcYQEACAAJ What America Faces]'' (New York: New Century Publishers, 1946), pp. 37-38. Cf. Arthur Meier Schlesinger, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=yeoSSLzr-jAC The vital center: the politics of freedom]'' (Transaction Publishers, 1997) ISBN 1560009896, p. 115; Arthur Meier Schlesinger, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=LLyNX6hMDCIC A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950]'' (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000) ISBN 0618219250, pp. 455-456; Karl M. Schmidt, ''[http://ia700307.us.archive.org/34/items/henryawallace006268mbp/henryawallace006268mbp.pdf Henry A. Wallace: Quixotic Crusade 1948]'' (Syracuse University Press, 1960), p. 265 (PDF p. 291)</ref> The Progressive Party's candidate for President of the United States in 1948 was [[Henry Wallace]], one of [[Franklin Roosevelt]]'s former [[Vice president|Vice Presidents]]. Wallace was reportedly "most impressed" with Soviet collective farming,<ref>[https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Henry_Wallace.htm Henry Agard Wallace, 33rd Vice President (1941-1945)], Senate History, United States Senate</ref> and in 1933 had urged FDR to become a "farm dictator."<ref>"[http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F4061FF83C5C16738DDDAB0994DB405B838FF1D3 Roosevelt Is Urged to Ask Wide Power as 'Farm Dictator']," ''The New York Times'', March 12, 1933, p. 1</ref> Wallace said if he were to become President, he would appoint as Secretary of State the pro-Soviet [[Laurence Duggan]],<ref>Ethan Bronner, "[https://www.nytimes.com/1998/10/18/weekinreview/witching-hour-rethinking-mccarthyism-if-not-mccarthy.html?pagewanted=all WitchMay 9, 2008ing Hour; Rethinking McCarthyism, if Not McCarthy]," October 18, 1998</ref> now known to have been a Soviet agent.<ref>[http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/_files/venona/1944/18nov_lawrence_duggan.pdf 1613 KGB New York to Moscow, 19 November 1944]</ref> Had [[FDR]] died 82 days earlier, Wallace would indeed have become President.<ref>William C. Martel, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=5ZvWBQAAQBAJ Grand Strategy in Theory and Practice: The Need for an Effective American Foreign Policy]'' (Cambridge University Press, 2015) ISBN 1107082064, p. 472</ref> Wallace finally recanted his support for the [[Soviet Union]]<ref>Linda Rodriguez, [https://web.archive.org/web/20080512163401/https://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/05/09/almost.great.men/index.html A celebration of almost-great men], CNN.com, May 9, 2008</ref> in 1952.<ref>Henry Agard Wallace, “Where I Was Wrong.” ''This Week'', September 2, 1952</ref> In 1955, the [[SISS|Jenner subcommittee]] cited the Progressive Party on its list of subversive organizations, identified as a [[Communist front]].<ref>[http://www.joincalifornia.com/party/Independent%20Progressive Independent Progressive], joincalifornia.com</ref>
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The [[Progressive Party]] of 1948 was a creation of the [[Communist Party]],<ref>Barry Loberfeld, "[http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=11398 The Real Meaning of "Progressive" Politics], FrontPageMagazine.com, September 28, 2004</ref> growing out of [[CPUSA]] General Secretary Eugene Dennis' February 12, 1946 order "to establish in time for the 1948 elections a national third party."<ref>Eugene Dennis, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=TafcYQEACAAJ What America Faces]'' (New York: New Century Publishers, 1946), pp. 37-38. Cf. Arthur Meier Schlesinger, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=yeoSSLzr-jAC The vital center: the politics of freedom]'' (Transaction Publishers, 1997) ISBN 1560009896, p. 115; Arthur Meier Schlesinger, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=LLyNX6hMDCIC A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950]'' (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000) ISBN 0618219250, pp. 455-456; Karl M. Schmidt, ''[http://ia700307.us.archive.org/34/items/henryawallace006268mbp/henryawallace006268mbp.pdf Henry A. Wallace: Quixotic Crusade 1948]'' (Syracuse University Press, 1960), p. 265 (PDF p. 291)</ref> The Progressive Party's candidate for President was [[Henry Wallace]], one of [[Franklin Roosevelt]]'s former [[Vice president|Vice Presidents]]. Wallace was reportedly "most impressed" with Soviet collective farming,<ref>[https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Henry_Wallace.htm Henry Agard Wallace, 33rd Vice President (1941-1945)], Senate History, United States Senate</ref> and in 1933 had urged FDR to become a "farm dictator."<ref>"[http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F4061FF83C5C16738DDDAB0994DB405B838FF1D3 Roosevelt Is Urged to Ask Wide Power as 'Farm Dictator']," ''The New York Times'', March 12, 1933, p. 1</ref> Wallace said if he were to become President, he would appoint as Secretary of State the pro-Soviet [[Laurence Duggan]],<ref>Ethan Bronner, "[https://www.nytimes.com/1998/10/18/weekinreview/witching-hour-rethinking-mccarthyism-if-not-mccarthy.html?pagewanted=all WitchMay 9, 2008ing Hour; Rethinking McCarthyism, if Not McCarthy]," October 18, 1998</ref> now known to have been a Soviet agent.<ref>[http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/_files/venona/1944/18nov_lawrence_duggan.pdf 1613 KGB New York to Moscow, 19 November 1944]</ref> Had [[FDR]] died 82 days earlier, Wallace would indeed have become President.<ref>William C. Martel, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=5ZvWBQAAQBAJ Grand Strategy in Theory and Practice: The Need for an Effective American Foreign Policy]'' (Cambridge University Press, 2015) ISBN 1107082064, p. 472</ref> Wallace finally recanted his support for the [[Soviet Union]]<ref>Linda Rodriguez, [https://web.archive.org/web/20080512163401/https://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/05/09/almost.great.men/index.html A celebration of almost-great men], CNN.com, May 9, 2008</ref> in 1952.<ref>Henry Agard Wallace, “Where I Was Wrong.” ''This Week'', September 2, 1952</ref> In 1955, the [[SISS|Jenner subcommittee]] cited the Progressive Party on its list of [[subversive]] organizations, identified as a [[Communist front]].<ref>[http://www.joincalifornia.com/party/Independent%20Progressive Independent Progressive], joincalifornia.com</ref>
  
 
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This revival occurred shortly before the 2006 midterm elections when liberals supported the [[War on Terror]].  It was implemented to help distance politicians from the actions of the Democratic caucus at that time.  
 
This revival occurred shortly before the 2006 midterm elections when liberals supported the [[War on Terror]].  It was implemented to help distance politicians from the actions of the Democratic caucus at that time.  
  
Progressives accused liberals who voted for the [[Iraq War]] and the [[Patriot Act]] of betraying the cause of [[socialism]].  Ironically, it was progressives in [[Obama administration]] who used provisions of the Patriot Act that allowed for spying on domestic groups sympathetic to [[Al Qaeda]], and applied them to the Trump campaign from 2015 on to further the anti-democratic objective of single party control.
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Progressives accused liberals who voted for the [[Iraq War]] and the [[Patriot Act]] of betraying the cause of [[socialism]].  Ironically, it was progressives in the [[Obama administration]] who used provisions of the Patriot Act that allowed for spying on domestic groups sympathetic to [[Al Qaeda]], and applied them to the Trump campaign from 2015 on to further the anti-democratic objective of single party control.
  
 
==Policies==
 
==Policies==
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The term has been popular among the [[media]]. And although most of the population still refers to the two major philosophies as [[conservative]] and liberal, it is often used to describe a more specific type of liberalism.  This is likely because these two titles are familiar to the current population and better recognized.  Because of this familiarity, it is easier to visualize the contrasts between conservative and liberal than the contrasts between conservative and progressive, because of the specific nature of "progressive".
 
The term has been popular among the [[media]]. And although most of the population still refers to the two major philosophies as [[conservative]] and liberal, it is often used to describe a more specific type of liberalism.  This is likely because these two titles are familiar to the current population and better recognized.  Because of this familiarity, it is easier to visualize the contrasts between conservative and liberal than the contrasts between conservative and progressive, because of the specific nature of "progressive".
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Progressives use the term in contrast to "regressive" policies of their opponents.  For example, progressives will ask rhetorically, "Do you want to go back to the 1950s?" implying that women were oppressed by being forced to be [[housewife|housewives]] and men were oppressed by being falsely accused of favoring Communism (see [[McCarthyism]]).
  
 
A useful distinction to keep in mind is this:  "progressives want bigger and supposedly better government; conservatives want less and supposedly better government."
 
A useful distinction to keep in mind is this:  "progressives want bigger and supposedly better government; conservatives want less and supposedly better government."
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Prisons, which incarcerate property and violent offenders, are usually the targets of "progressive reform." Because extremists do not reject violence to bring about social and political change, violent offenders must be qualified on the basis of their [[politically correct]] views.
 
Prisons, which incarcerate property and violent offenders, are usually the targets of "progressive reform." Because extremists do not reject violence to bring about social and political change, violent offenders must be qualified on the basis of their [[politically correct]] views.
  
Far leftists have historically used re-education camps and gulags as the basis of incarceration policy, and offenders graded on ideological grounds.
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Far leftists have historically used re-education camps and [[gulag]]s as the basis of incarceration policy, and offenders graded on ideological grounds.
  
 
===Incremental radicalism===
 
===Incremental radicalism===
 
While progressives seek radical social change, it is often pursued incrementally. Two examples serve in the Obama era: Obamacare and gay marriage.
 
While progressives seek radical social change, it is often pursued incrementally. Two examples serve in the Obama era: Obamacare and gay marriage.
  
Obamacare with its individual and employer dictates was designed to fail. The progressive objective of a [[big government]], [[Soviet]]-style [[single payer]] system was too radical a change to implement during the brief window of opportunity given between 2009-2011, when Democrats controlled both the [[White House]] and a veto-proof Congress. Progressives settled on a system that allowed private insurance companies to continue to operate provided they sold only policies dictated by progressive regulators. A dictate that all American adults - working or not working - be required to purchase insurance, or submit to eligibility requirements for [[entitlement]] care by income means testing, was also implemented. Penalties accrued for anyone non-compliant. The plan was phased in over a period of election cycles with the hope that those who recieved a subsidized entitlement would appreciate "free healthcare," and when the plan failed support a progressive single payer system. The single payer system then would need progressives in Congress perpetually to insure its annual funding.
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Obamacare with its individual and employer dictates was designed to fail. The progressive objective of a [[big government]], [[Soviet Union|Soviet]]-style [[single payer]] system was too radical a change to implement during the brief window of opportunity given between 2009-2011, when Democrats controlled both the [[White House]] and a veto-proof Congress. Progressives settled on a system that allowed private insurance companies to continue to operate, provided they sold only policies dictated by progressive regulators. A dictate that all American adults - working or not working - be required to purchase insurance, or submit to eligibility requirements for [[entitlement]] care by income means testing, was also implemented. Penalties accrued for anyone non-compliant. The plan was phased in over a period of election cycles with the hope that those who recieved a subsidized entitlement would appreciate "free healthcare," and when the plan failed would support a progressive single payer system. The single payer system then would need progressives in Congress perpetually to insure its annual funding.
  
 
===Gay marriage===
 
===Gay marriage===
 
The first hurdle in the [[gay rights]] movement was overcoming the progressive reform of 1950s that treated criminals as victims of psychological disorders. By the 1960s [[homosexuality]] was considered by experts and the [[court]]s as both a [[crime]] and a [[mental illness]]. Due to ethical concerns over locking people up on the basis of a  psychological disorder. the psychiatric profession dropped the diagnosis of homosexuality as a mental disorder in the early 1970s. In the 1980s the states began de-criminalizing homosexuality with the idea that law enforcement resources could be better utilized elsewhere, the [[war on drugs]] for example. With Homosexuality "normalized" now, by the 1990s the [[Equal protection]] clause was being invoked for a group in the [[coalition]] of [[identity politics]].
 
The first hurdle in the [[gay rights]] movement was overcoming the progressive reform of 1950s that treated criminals as victims of psychological disorders. By the 1960s [[homosexuality]] was considered by experts and the [[court]]s as both a [[crime]] and a [[mental illness]]. Due to ethical concerns over locking people up on the basis of a  psychological disorder. the psychiatric profession dropped the diagnosis of homosexuality as a mental disorder in the early 1970s. In the 1980s the states began de-criminalizing homosexuality with the idea that law enforcement resources could be better utilized elsewhere, the [[war on drugs]] for example. With Homosexuality "normalized" now, by the 1990s the [[Equal protection]] clause was being invoked for a group in the [[coalition]] of [[identity politics]].
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===Attacks on Free Speech===
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One of the first steps by Progressives in shutting down all opposition is [[censorship]], [[shadow banning]], and attacks on the free expression of ideas. Progressives do not foreswear [[violence]] to attain [[political]] objectives, and the [[terrorism|terrorist group]], [[Antifa]], is a militant progressive organization.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Suarez Sang, Lucia I. (September 3, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/03/fbi-dhs-warned-increasingly-violent-antifa-clashes-in-2016-documents-show.html FBI, DHS warned of increasingly violent Antifa clashes in 2016, documents show]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
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*Meyer, Josh (September 1, 2017). [https://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/01/antifa-charlottesville-violence-fbi-242235 FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks]. ''Politico''. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
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*[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4844296/Homeland-Security-deem-antifa-domestic-terrorists.html FBI and Homeland Security deem antifa 'domestic terrorists' as they warn of escalating violence between the left and white nationalists]. ''Daily Mail''. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
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*[https://www.njhomelandsecurity.gov/analysis/anarchist-extremists-antifa?rq=antifa Anarchist Extremists: Antifa, Dept of Homeland Security, June 12th, 2017]</ref> Antifa are the black shirts of the Democratic party.
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In addition to random attacks on citizens, the group's manifesto openly rejects [[free speech]] and defends [[assassination]]s.<ref>https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/antifas-handbook-a-sinister-primer-on-violent-illiberalism/comment-page-1/</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

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The Progressive movement is an extremist position on the American far left and the dominant voter base of the contemporary Democratic party.

While the term liberal describes an attitude, progressive describes an agenda.

Origin

Historically, Progressives view themselves as "enlightened" social reformers apart from the ignorant and unwashed masses. Gay marriage for example is considered a progressive social reform.

Colonialism and the Enlightenment

Progressivism became highly significant during the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, out of the racist belief that white Europe was demonstrating that societies could "progress" in civility from uncivilized conditions to civilization through strengthening the basis of empirical knowledge as the foundation of society. Figures of the Enlightenment had the racist belief that "progress" had universal application to all societies and that these ideas would spread across the world from white Europe. By the early-20th century progressivism was tied to eugenics[1][2][3]

Marxism

Extermination of opponents by Progressive regimes, in millions.

Karl Marx took the Hegelian conception of linear-progressive history and applied the idea of class warfare to address income inequality.

In the mid 19th century Social Darwinism, with its racism and commitment to science, was an important facet of Progressivism; in America however, after the Civil War, many adherents of the Social Gospel movement called themselves "progressive" and advocated for equality for Blacks and social reform. For a time there was an odd admixture of atheists and racists citing a scientific basis for their beliefs, and church people, all claiming the name progressive.

In Europe however, after the First World War, Progressive atheists won a great victory with the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the suppression of the Russian Orthodox Church, and overthrow of the existing social order.

In explaining the ruinous upheavals Progressivism brought to his homeland, Alexander Solzhenitsyn said,
"while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened."[4]>

Progressive era 1892-1924

It was also meant to create a belief that conservatives are not able to think of a progressive future for the United States. The most famous historical usage of the term in America was in the 1890s to 1920s, sometimes called the Progressive Era. During the Progressive Era, politicians of both parties and various ideologies adopted the term, notably Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican who founded the Progressive Party and implemented the Civil Service Act, and Woodrow Wilson, who impossed segregation throughout the federal government.[5]

Ironically, progressives began using the word "liberal" in the early 20th century when the word "progressive" openly was associated with Marxism.

Presidential election 1948

The Progressive Party of 1948 was a creation of the Communist Party,[6] growing out of CPUSA General Secretary Eugene Dennis' February 12, 1946 order "to establish in time for the 1948 elections a national third party."[7] The Progressive Party's candidate for President was Henry Wallace, one of Franklin Roosevelt's former Vice Presidents. Wallace was reportedly "most impressed" with Soviet collective farming,[8] and in 1933 had urged FDR to become a "farm dictator."[9] Wallace said if he were to become President, he would appoint as Secretary of State the pro-Soviet Laurence Duggan,[10] now known to have been a Soviet agent.[11] Had FDR died 82 days earlier, Wallace would indeed have become President.[12] Wallace finally recanted his support for the Soviet Union[13] in 1952.[14] In 1955, the Jenner subcommittee cited the Progressive Party on its list of subversive organizations, identified as a Communist front.[15]

Modern revival 2003 -

The term was revived in the early 21st century by politicians and media celebrities who considered traditional liberals too willing to compromise with moderates and conservatives. As such, the anti-democratic Marxist ideal of single party control was revived.

This revival occurred shortly before the 2006 midterm elections when liberals supported the War on Terror. It was implemented to help distance politicians from the actions of the Democratic caucus at that time.

Progressives accused liberals who voted for the Iraq War and the Patriot Act of betraying the cause of socialism. Ironically, it was progressives in the Obama administration who used provisions of the Patriot Act that allowed for spying on domestic groups sympathetic to Al Qaeda, and applied them to the Trump campaign from 2015 on to further the anti-democratic objective of single party control.

Policies

Progressive policies, in political science, are those which make progress towards goals seen by progressives as benefiting society. Since all politicians claim that their ideas and policies are meant to benefit the public, calling a policy "progressive" may be thought of as meaningless.

The term has been popular among the media. And although most of the population still refers to the two major philosophies as conservative and liberal, it is often used to describe a more specific type of liberalism. This is likely because these two titles are familiar to the current population and better recognized. Because of this familiarity, it is easier to visualize the contrasts between conservative and liberal than the contrasts between conservative and progressive, because of the specific nature of "progressive".

Progressives use the term in contrast to "regressive" policies of their opponents. For example, progressives will ask rhetorically, "Do you want to go back to the 1950s?" implying that women were oppressed by being forced to be housewives and men were oppressed by being falsely accused of favoring Communism (see McCarthyism).

A useful distinction to keep in mind is this: "progressives want bigger and supposedly better government; conservatives want less and supposedly better government."

Criminal justice

A foundational core belief of Progressivism is to consider crime a treatable illness by social psychology. In this core precept is the notion that criminals are not responsible for their actions. Since collectivists do not respect the notion of private property, the propertyless are considered oppressed victims.

Prisons, which incarcerate property and violent offenders, are usually the targets of "progressive reform." Because extremists do not reject violence to bring about social and political change, violent offenders must be qualified on the basis of their politically correct views.

Far leftists have historically used re-education camps and gulags as the basis of incarceration policy, and offenders graded on ideological grounds.

Incremental radicalism

While progressives seek radical social change, it is often pursued incrementally. Two examples serve in the Obama era: Obamacare and gay marriage.

Obamacare with its individual and employer dictates was designed to fail. The progressive objective of a big government, Soviet-style single payer system was too radical a change to implement during the brief window of opportunity given between 2009-2011, when Democrats controlled both the White House and a veto-proof Congress. Progressives settled on a system that allowed private insurance companies to continue to operate, provided they sold only policies dictated by progressive regulators. A dictate that all American adults - working or not working - be required to purchase insurance, or submit to eligibility requirements for entitlement care by income means testing, was also implemented. Penalties accrued for anyone non-compliant. The plan was phased in over a period of election cycles with the hope that those who recieved a subsidized entitlement would appreciate "free healthcare," and when the plan failed would support a progressive single payer system. The single payer system then would need progressives in Congress perpetually to insure its annual funding.

Gay marriage

The first hurdle in the gay rights movement was overcoming the progressive reform of 1950s that treated criminals as victims of psychological disorders. By the 1960s homosexuality was considered by experts and the courts as both a crime and a mental illness. Due to ethical concerns over locking people up on the basis of a psychological disorder. the psychiatric profession dropped the diagnosis of homosexuality as a mental disorder in the early 1970s. In the 1980s the states began de-criminalizing homosexuality with the idea that law enforcement resources could be better utilized elsewhere, the war on drugs for example. With Homosexuality "normalized" now, by the 1990s the Equal protection clause was being invoked for a group in the coalition of identity politics.

Attacks on Free Speech

One of the first steps by Progressives in shutting down all opposition is censorship, shadow banning, and attacks on the free expression of ideas. Progressives do not foreswear violence to attain political objectives, and the terrorist group, Antifa, is a militant progressive organization.[16] Antifa are the black shirts of the Democratic party.

In addition to random attacks on citizens, the group's manifesto openly rejects free speech and defends assassinations.[17]

See also

References

  1. Leonard, Thomas (2005). [[1] "Retrospectives: Eugenics and Economics in the Progressive Era"]. Journal of Economic Perspectives 19 (4): 207–224. doi:10.1257/089533005775196642. Archived from [[2]] the original] on 20 August 2017. [3]. 
  2. Freeden, Michael (2005). Liberal Languages: Ideological Imaginations and Twentieth-Century Progressive Thought. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 144–165. ISBN 0691116776. 
  3. Roll-Hansen, Nils (1989). "Geneticists and the Eugenics Movement in Scandinavia". The British Journal for the History of Science 22 (3): 335–346. 
  4. http://orthochristian.com/47643.html
  5. https://www.nationalreview.com/2013/04/progressive-racism-paul-rahe/amp/
  6. Barry Loberfeld, "The Real Meaning of "Progressive" Politics, FrontPageMagazine.com, September 28, 2004
  7. Eugene Dennis, What America Faces (New York: New Century Publishers, 1946), pp. 37-38. Cf. Arthur Meier Schlesinger, The vital center: the politics of freedom (Transaction Publishers, 1997) ISBN 1560009896, p. 115; Arthur Meier Schlesinger, A Life in the Twentieth Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950 (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000) ISBN 0618219250, pp. 455-456; Karl M. Schmidt, Henry A. Wallace: Quixotic Crusade 1948 (Syracuse University Press, 1960), p. 265 (PDF p. 291)
  8. Henry Agard Wallace, 33rd Vice President (1941-1945), Senate History, United States Senate
  9. "Roosevelt Is Urged to Ask Wide Power as 'Farm Dictator'," The New York Times, March 12, 1933, p. 1
  10. Ethan Bronner, "WitchMay 9, 2008ing Hour; Rethinking McCarthyism, if Not McCarthy," October 18, 1998
  11. 1613 KGB New York to Moscow, 19 November 1944
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