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Sunday, January 31, 2016

We Need to Reexamine Progressivism

For John, BLUFStrangely, the Democrats stole and distorted the name Liberal, but are really just Progressives.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Mr Jonah Goldberg, writing in The National Review, gives us "Just Because Trump Is ‘Anti-PC’ Doesn’t Mean We Should Celebrate His Vulgarity".

Yes, The National Review has been a little on the anti-Trump side of things.  Mr Goldberg takes a little while to warm to his topic, but he does well at it.

The thing that caught my attention in the article was his discussion of Progressivism, which appear a little over 100 years ago and its sub-factor, Eugenics (and other things).  He was referencing a recent review of Professor Thomas Leonard’s Illiberal Reformers:  Race, Eugenics and American Economics in the Progressive Era.  Mr Goldberg, of course, saw it as a more scholarly followup to his own book, Liberal Fascism.  The discussion of the book review is a quick way to see that not everything that came down the pike as Progressivism was good for the nation or good for the individual citizen.

Mr Ed Driscoll posted on this at the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Like the minimum wage, designed, at the time, to force out minorities and small shop owners.
  By the way, while avoiding, by and large. the label Progressive, Democrats have claimed and warped the term Liberal.  I think Mr Rush Limbaugh, and others, should reclaim "Liberal" for the Republicans and stick the Democrats with "Progressive", good and hard, to partially quote Columnist H. L. Mencken.

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