Sunday, January 13, 2013

DCHistory: Video: The Progressive Movement: What True Progressivism Should be



I might be the wrong person as a Liberal whose a true believer in limited government and someone who. Has what I would call at least a healthy skepticism of what government can do for the people with the peoples money. Which is why I believe government should really only being doing what we need it to do for us and the people should have the rest of the power. To live their own lives and for the people who don't have the freedom to be self sufficient, they. Should be given that power as well thats basically what I believe the role of government should be and I also distinguish between Liberalism and Progressivism. And believe as a Liberal that Liberalism is about the people and protecting freedom for the people. And expanding freedom to people who don't have but deserve it and need it and Progressivism to me. Is about what government can do for the people with their money, rather then what government can do for the. People so they can take care of themselves and make their own decisions and with Progressives you tend to get. We need government to do these things for the people as well as new things and that Capitalism needs to be scaled back. So government can have that power to take care of the people. So thats why I call myself a Liberal rather then a Libertarian or Progressive.

I was in a debate in the summer of 2011 on Facebook of all places about what Progressivism is and I was. Making or trying to make the case for why I'm a Progressive not in the sense that I see that as my ideology. But that I see it as someone who believes in advancing the ball down the field and moving forward. That Progressive comes from the word progress and that you could be on the left where I am or on the right. But you are a Progressive even if thats not your political philosophy if you believe in progress. I agree that my definition of Progressive is not the popular definition that Progressivism is not just about progress. Or its not just about progress but that its a real political philosophy based on what government can. Do for the people with their money and that government needs to be big enough to deal with the issues. That Progressives/Social-
Democrats who basically are in the same ideological camp, don't trust the private sector to deal with. In summary things that would be considered social services, education, healthcare, health insurance. Retirement to use as examples.

Again I might not be the right person to label and define Progressivism in America and actual Progressives. Should try to figure out this for themselves and how to define and build their own movement. But to me at least the way forward both politically and governmentally, Progressives should. Essentially be Socialist-Liberals especially as the country is becoming more Liberal-Libertarian as a country. And less Socialist that we like our taxes down and our freedom up both economic and social and we. Want government to do for us what we can't for for ourselves, so the Progressives who could compete with this growing mindset. Is that we believe in a lot of social freedom as well and to even to a certain extent limited government. But government when managed well can also make positive contributions in the areas of social. Services as well, like in education and healthcare to use as examples.

Progressivism at its best are Socialist Liberals, people who again are a combination of Socialist and Liberal. Who gave us the safety net, national highway system but also gave us civil rights and equal opportunity and environmental protection. Gay rights, marijuana legalization, the safety net and governmental protections to go along with a lot of. Social freedom but Progressivism at its worst is a far left form of Statism that believes people. Aren't capable of making their own decisions for the most part and we need a Big Government there. To protect us and show us how to live and even at times protect us from ourselves. And thats where Progressives tend to lose.

I credit this post to my father whose a true blue FDR Progressive Democrat who gave me a copy of an article. In the Economist called True Progressivism.