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  • James Madison's argument against wealth redistribution

    10/03/2015 6:35:49 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 15 replies
    Its not uncommon for a progressive to rattle off the phrase "The Founders could not have foreseen" - and fill in the blank. The Founders couldn't have forseen x, they couldn't have foreseen y, and so it goes. Well, Mr. Progressive they did foresee you and your tyrannical schemes. This is illustrated by James Madison himself, at the Convention on June 26th, 1787: We cannot however be regarded even at this time, as one homogeneous mass, in which every thing that affects a part will affect in the same manner the whole. In framing a system which we wish to...
  • The Trend Toward Collectivism, by Walter Rauschenbusch

    09/12/2015 10:08:02 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    City Club Bulletin ^ | April 19th, 1912 | Walter Rauschenbusch
    The Trend Toward Collectivism Prof. Walter Rauschenbusch of Rochester, New York, author of "Christianity and the Social Crisis," spoke before the City Club at luncheon, Saturday, April 13, on "The Trend Toward Collectivism in the Modern World," Mr. Harry F. Ward presided. HARRY F. WARD: "We are to listen today to a discussion of one of the most significant movements in modern society, the movement toward the collective control of life. We have been driven into a social consciousness. We are developing a social conscience, and in the realm of government, of industry and of religion the very vital question...
  • Why do some socialists gravitate to evolutionary tactics over revolutionary tactics?

    08/10/2015 10:05:18 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    Why do some socialists gravitate to evolutionary tactics over revolutionary tactics? And why do some statists gravitate to progressivism instead? Evolutionary socialism or revolutionary socialism? That is the question. William James Ghent wrote a pamphlet titled "Reds Bring Reaction", which is a seemingly thin-veiled attack from one leftist on the rest of his fellow leftists. But within these pages lies the answer. Substantively the pamphlet is not what it seems to be. On page vii: "The revolutionary Communist, for all his stage-play, is a fanatic and a firebrand. So long as society insists upon keeping on hand such stores of...
  • Upton Sinclair noted how the Social Gospellers moved on from hebrew texts

    08/08/2015 12:50:14 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    In his book The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation, Upton Sinclair makes an interesting observation: (page 299/300) And now the War has broken upon the world, and caught the churches, like everything else, in its mighty current; the clergy and the congregations are confronted by pressing national needs, they are forced to take notice of a thousand new problems, to engage in a thousand practical activities. No one can see the end of this - any more than he can see the end of the vast upheaval in politics and industry. But we who are trained in...
  • Government by Journalism, Planned Parenthood style

    07/29/2015 6:07:46 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    If a tree falls in a forest and nobody was there to hear it, did it really happen? If baby parts are being sold and nobody is there to report it, were those parts really sold? "They(journalists) decide what their readers shall know, or what they shall not know" - William Thomas Stead, Government by Journalism The latest chapter of this grotesque storyline is that Margaret Sanger's Planned Parenthood is warning the media not to play any of these videos, or even report on them. But it is pretty clear that there was a coverup before that letter was even...
  • The Origin of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society Disclosed

    07/20/2015 6:54:04 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    The National Civic Federation Review | August, 1905 | Ralph Montgomery Easley
    THE ORIGIN OF "THE INTERCOLLEGIATE SOCIALIST SOCIETY" DISCLOSED.ITS DEFENSE BY THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON, IN "HARPERS WEEKLY," ANALYZED AND REFUTED. (BY THE EDITOR.) THE "Intercollegiate Socialist Society" will not capture American universities for revolution and anarchy. Its scheme would have been impossible in any event, and it did not threaten any real danger to our social and political structure. But that men whose names are generally accepted as standing for culture and good citizenship should be permitted deliberately to announce such a project without rebuke would have been to ignore their public challenge to patriotism. It was necessary to consider that...
  • How To Escape The Age Of Mass Delusion

    06/15/2015 10:23:41 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 8, 2015 | Stella Morabito
    Nearly 100 years ago, Walter Lippmann wrote about “the manufacture of consent” in his classic work, “Public Opinion.” On the heels of that book, Edward Bernays penned a little volume called “Propaganda,” in which he stated that an elite would always be responsible for making the public aware of “new ideas” which the public would then act upon as the elite nudged them into it. Related, but more in-depth is Jacques Ellul’s 1962 book, “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes.”
  • To Make Students of Socialism, by Thomas Wentworth Higginson

    05/25/2015 12:54:48 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    TO MAKE STUDENTS OF SOCIALISMDublin, N.H., July 14, 1905. To the Editor of Harper's WeeklySir, - I observe in a recent number of your valuable journal an expression of surprise that my name should be united with others in the formation of an "Intercollegiate Socialist School" which "aims to imbue the minds of the rising generation with socialistic doctrines." This last phrase is your own, for I at least am connected with no organization for the purpose you here state. As to the names with which mine is united I am not concerned; as Theodore Parker used to say "I...
  • Creating a living and breathing Constitution

    04/18/2015 10:32:41 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 20 replies
    The United States does not have a living and breathing constitution. So then, how do we build it into one? Earlier today, I posted the full text of Louis Brandeis' address "The Living Law", which is quite an interesting work. On the one hand, Brandeis does accurately capture public feeling regarding mistreatment by their employers. On the other hand, Brandeis' uses this address to stand back, marvel at his own work, and act like an innocent bystander. The big key in the address is the court case "Muller v. Oregon", to which Brandeis had a hand in. He doesn't mention...
  • The Living Law, by Louis Brandeis

    04/18/2015 8:26:31 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies ^ | January 3rd, 1916 | Louis D. Brandeis
    THE LIVING LAW (1) (Alt. Link) By Louis D. Brandeis (2) The history of the United States, since the adoption of the constitution, covers less than 128 years. Yet in that short period the American ideal of government has been greatly modified. At first our ideal was expressed as “A government of laws and not of men.” Then it became “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Now it is “Democracy and social justice.” In the last half century our democracy has deepened. Coincidentally there has been a shifting of our longing from legal justice...
  • I.S.S. Gives Way to New League for Democracy

    04/11/2015 11:10:09 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    The New York Call | November 19, 1921
    I.S.S. Gives Way to New League for Democracy The New York Call - November 19, 1921. Organization's Birth Celebrated at Dinner in Yorkville Casino - Will take in Non-Collegians.With the avowed purpose of "mobilizing the brains of the middle-class in the service of the labor movement," the League for Industrial Democracy has come into being on the framework of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. The new organization's birth was celebrated by a dinner at Yorkville Casino last night, addressed by Robert Morss Lovett, president of the League; Scott Nearing, Norman Thomas and Roger N. Baldwin. The league, according to Mr. Thomas,...
  • The phrase "natural rights of Englishmen" is vague and meaningless

    03/14/2015 9:32:05 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 19 replies
    The attitude of progressives never ceases to amaze me. I should be used to it by now, you would think I would be - considering how many of their books I thumb through. But I don't think it's possible to entirely get used to things such as this: The phrase "natural rights of Englishmen" is vague and meaningless in the history of constitutional development and political philosophy, and deserves to stand with that other equally abused phrase, much on the lips of the colonists at this time, "taxation without representation." Neither had any literal meaning in fact, but as historical...
  • Would Woodrow Wilson have become President without Harper's Weekly?

    03/07/2015 10:48:38 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 25 replies
    In his book Public Opinion, Walter Lippmann wrote the following about what the CPI achieved: (page 47) Probably this is the largest and the most intensive effort to carry quickly a fairly uniform set of ideas to all the people of a nation. The older proselyting worked more slowly, perhaps more surely, but never so inclusively. Now if it required such extreme measures to reach everybody in time of crisis, how open are the more normal channels to men's minds? The Administration was trying, and while the war continued it very largely succeeded, I believe, in creating something that might...
  • The Triumph of an Idea (Harper's Weekly article)

    03/01/2015 4:53:00 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica ^ | March 8, 1913
    The Triumph of an Idea Beginning and Conclusion of Seven Years of Public Service "Meanwhile, please God, as ever hitherto in a crisis of the Republic, a man will emerge from comparative political obscurity, capable of holding high the torch of personal liberty, that all the people may see the clear light and revert gladly to the pristine standard of individual and industrial progress which, despite temporary retrogression, continues to be the glory of the nation." - North American Review, August, 1910 Selections from about Three Hundred Columns of Editorial and Special Articles Published in "Harper's Weekly" and "The North...
  • The Basic Problem of Democracy, by Walter Lippmann

    02/07/2015 2:22:28 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies ^ | November 1919 | Walter Lippmann
    THE BASIC PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACYWHAT MODERN LIBERTY MEANS BY WALTER LIPPMANN FROM our recent experience it is clear that the traditional liberties of speech and opinion rest on no solid foundation. At a time when the world needs above all other things the activity of generous imaginations and the creative leadership of planning and inventive minds, our thinking is shriveled with panic. Time and energy that should go to building and restoring are instead consumed in warding off the pin-pricks of prejudice and fighting a guerilla war against misunderstanding and intolerance. For suppression is felt, not simply by the scattered...
  • Government by Journalism - The Road to America

    02/03/2015 6:46:36 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 24 replies
    We in America have a problem with media bias. Who or where does it come from? What did those people say, write, or do? Did it evolve by multiple steps, or by one step? When did the use of narrative get introduced? In an attempt to answer some of these questions and others, the result is a paper that I have recently written, here. I put it up online for all to read and examine, and I hope there will be those who will take the time to follow the footnotes back and read the original source material. These are...
  • Progressive Journalism and the History of Narratives in the News

    01/18/2015 10:59:46 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 30 replies
    I have completed a study paper on the roots of progressive journalism. I did not do this for any of my classes, I did this on my own because I wanted to and because I truely think it needed to be studied in a more formal fashion. I have been looking around at a handful of peer-reviewed journals that deal with history, but I do not trust them. Plus, there is the issue of copyright and I do not want what I wrote to fall into the trap of being locked away on some journal's pages on the month of...
  • The Sheriff of Nottingham was a government employee

    12/20/2014 12:53:40 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    I just thought that fact needed to be stated. Following up on a previous blog posting where I went a little bit into the revisionist history of Robin Hood, "Who polluted Robin Hood?", wouldn't recognition that the Sheriff was a government employee pretty much put the whole thing to bed? "Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor" No, not really. The Sheriff of Nottingham was a government employee. Robin Hood stole from the government and gave to the poor, because they were being oppressed by the tyranny of high taxation and only dear Robin had the...
  • Where and when did this conservative vs establishment battle begin?

    12/18/2014 5:24:05 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 21 replies
    Rush talked about a politico story back on November 3rd which relies heavily on establishment insiders giving good talking points to left wing journalists, so as to be able to hit members of the Tea Party harder over the head. Since then, we have seen the GOP win the election overwhelmingly, and then go on to give Obama everything he wants. Specifically a trillion dollar spending bill and amnesty. There are a lot of people out there who believe that the Republican Establishment is out to GET conservatives, and quite frankly, I don't see how anybody can argue against it....
  • Narrative journalism and narrative protesters, and Upton Sinclair

    12/13/2014 5:29:36 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    Jim Geraghty published an interesting article the other day about 'Narrative Journalism' titled "What If the Media’s ‘Narrative Journalism’ Harms Their Own Causes? It has been widely discussed in light of what it contains, so I am going to go right for what is outside the box. Narrative Journalism, in this context, also necessarily implies narrative protesters. The narrative being pushed by the journalist does not have to be true by any means, but to the protesters, it is very real. The challenge is that we as citizens are supposed to be able to trust the journalist establishment without fear...
  • Upton Sinclair's letter of deception about Sacco and Vanzetti

    12/06/2014 5:42:51 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies ^ | August 29, 1929 | Upton Sinclair
    Upton Sinclair's 1929 letter to John BeardsleyDear John: I will write you a few notes about the matter concerning which we were talking last night. When I went to Boston the last time in October 1928 I was completely naive about the Sacco-Vanzetti case, having accepted the defense propaganda entirely. But I very quickly began to sense something wrong in the situation. There was an air of mystery about the Boston anarchists, and I saw they had something to conceal. Then in Sacco's cross examination I detected what seemed to be a slip in his alibi. I began asking catch...
  • Who polluted Robin Hood?

    11/23/2014 10:50:37 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 32 replies
    Robin Hood was not a jacobin nor a socialist, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But here, I will highlight where he was transformed into one. The title of the book is: "Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs, and Ballads, Now Extant Relative to that Celebrated English Outlaw ; to which are Prefixed Historical Anecdotes of His Life", authored by Joseph Ritson, who was sympathetic to Jacobinism. This book was first printed in 1795. This book is a collection of his works, which means that he was spreading this filth around in who...
  • William Thomas Stead personally taught "Government by Journalism" to William Randolph Hearst

    09/27/2014 6:46:11 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    If you are someone who is upset about the state of Journalism today, and the one-sided ideological view that they take on every issue, then the essay "Government by Journalism" will be a real eye opener for you. But William Thomas Stead was not content only with manipulating his readers through his one single paper, the Pall Mall Gazette, Stead looked for someone who would truely bring his idea to new heights - manipulate readers in greater numbers than he could ever possibly reach. He said: I have been long on the look out for a man to appear who...
  • John Day pamphlets

    09/20/2014 5:33:16 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    John Day Pamphlet Series | 1932-34
    I have found this series to be intriguing, now that I own one. This pamphlet series is 45 publications long, it ran from 1932 to 1934. They are as follows: (author, title) 1: Rebecca West, Arnold Bennett Himself 2: Stuart Chase, Out of the Depression--and After: A Prophecy 3: Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, The New Russian Policy: June 23, 1931 4: Norman Edwin Himes, The Truth about Birth Control: With a Bibliography of Birth Control Literature 5: Walter Lippmann, Notes on the Crisis 6: Charles Austin Beard,The Myth of Rugged American Individualism 7: Rexford Guy Tugwell, Mr. Hoover's Economic Policy 8:...
  • Helping to Make a President, by William Inglis

    09/13/2014 5:35:31 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    Collier's | October 7th, 1916 | William Inglis
    HELPING TO MAKE A PRESIDENT, BY WILLIAM INGLIS (Parts 1 and 2) From Collier's, October 7th, 1916. Mr. Inglis was associated with Colonel George Harvey in the conduct of "Harper's Weekly" from 1906 until 1913, when Colonel Harvey sold the paper. During that time Colonel Harvey undertook a campaign of publicity to make Woodrow Wilson president. During the conduct of this campaign Mr. Inglis was Colonel Harvey's first lieutenant.FOREWORD.- From a college professorship to the presidency of the United States in eight short years is a mighty leap. But Woodrow Wilson took it gallantly and landed in the White House....
  • Standard Oil and its Hirelings of the Press

    08/30/2014 6:54:45 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    Standard Oil and its Hirelings of the PressWERE it not for the newspaper press and periodicals of the Hearst's Magazine sort, interests like Mr. Archbold and Standard Oil long ago would have stolen everything to the public back fence. As matters stand, their villain pillage has hardly stopped short of it. Also, it wasn't the law, but the printing press which halted them. The press is the policeman of popular right. President Wilson, observing - and also fearing - the pernicious Criminal Privilege activities of certain subsidized newspapers, in the war over tariff schedules now being fought out in the...
  • What was the original definition of objective journalism? Where did it originate from?

    08/23/2014 10:26:56 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Back in 1990, Richard Streckfuss, an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wrote a paper titled "Objectivity in Journalism", in which he makes finding the answer to this question remarkably easy. Before the phrase "Objective Journalism" was born, science and news gathering were fused together in thought by Walter Lippmann, the Father of Modern Journalism. Realistically speaking, this one single thing is what earns Lippmann that title. Lippmann's ideal of the objective journalist can be found here, in his book titled "Liberty and the News", on page 82: With this increase of prestige must go a professional...
  • Socialism infecting the clergy

    08/17/2014 6:56:28 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 39 replies
    The Literary Digest | May 9th, 1908
    SOCIALISM INFECTING THE CLERGYTHREE hundred of the clergy of this country are declared to be allied with the Socialist movement by open profession, while many more are secretly in sympathy with the cause, but hesitate for prudential reasons to make an open avowal. Only a few years ago, it is stated, Socialist principles seemed to be confined to a small number of Unitarian preachers, "who, being radical in theology, readily became radical in sociology likewise." But now, we read in a statement issued by the Christian Socialist Fellowship, "not only do the Unitarians smell of the malady, but Episcopalians by...
  • The American Yellow Press, by Sydney Brooks

    08/09/2014 5:46:21 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 1 replies
    PGA Weblog ^ | January 1912
    THE AMERICAN YELLOW PRESS.By Sydney Brooks The late Mr. Joseph Pulitzer was unquestionably one of the most remarkable personalities of latter-day America. Indomitable by nature, of quick, unshackled perceptions, passionate to learn and to experiment, and with a strong vein of idealism running through his lust for power and success and domination, he was fortunate in the fate that landed him, forty-seven years ago, in Boston when America was on the very point of plunging into the most amazing era of material development and exploitation that the world has yet witnessed. The penniless son of a Jewish father and a...
  • The Significance of Yellow Journalism, by Lydia Kingsmill Commander

    07/19/2014 12:37:45 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF YELLOW JOURNALISMBY LYDIA KINGSMILL COMMANDER YELLOW journalism is outwardly distinguished by the flaring makeup of the paper, the striking headlines in startling type and the free use of illustrations; by the attention given to crime, sports, divorces and the tragic aspects of life in general; and by the constant appeal to the emotions in the presentation of the news. Human interest goes into every column; everything is a story and is told as such. No papers were ever before, no others are now, so execrated and so beloved as are the yellow journals. But whether approved or...
  • The Associated Press, by Melville Stone

    07/12/2014 6:41:38 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    The Century Magazine | May 1905 | Melville E. Stone
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESSBY ITS MANAGER MELVILLE E. STONE THE METHOD OF OPERATION WITH the accession of Mr. William Henry Smith to the office of general manager of the Associated Press, less than twenty-five years ago, there came a change for the better in the administration. The Western papers which had been admitted to a share in the management demanded more enterprise and a report of more varied character. The policy of limiting the field to "routine news" - sport, markets, shipping, etc. - was abandoned, and the institution began to show evidences of real journalistic life and ability. It startled...
  • Hearst had "determination to supersede the journalism that chronicles"

    07/05/2014 7:49:11 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    What is visible to all men is that a young man of enormous energy and great journalistic instinct has dedicated a fortune as great as that of Monte Christo to the creation of a newspaper which, instead of confining itself to the function of chronicling other men’s deeds, boldly asserts its determination to supersede the journalism that chronicles by the journalism that acts. Other newspapers may write about things. The Journal is determined to do them. William Thomas Stead from "A Romance of the Pearl of the Antilles" Stead wrote this in reference to William Randolph Hearst's and Karl Decker's...
  • A Romance of the Pearl of the Antilles

    07/05/2014 6:21:54 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    The Review of Reviews ^ | 1897 | William Thomas Stead
    A ROMANCE OF THE PEARL OF THE ANTILLESA CUBAN HEROINE AND HER RESCUER By William Thomas Stead FEW things that happened last month are more worthy of chronicling than the brilliantly successful achievement of Karl Decker in rescuing the Cuban heroine, Miss Evangelina Cisneros, from the State prison of Havana. I.-THE JOURNALISM THAT ACTS. Apart altogether from the interest which belongs to it as an episode which recalls the daring enterprises of the adventurers of the Middle Ages, the incident marks a significant phase in the evolution of the journalistic profession. Newspaper reporters have had many assignments of various kinds,...
  • The Making of Public Opinion, by William Kittle

    06/15/2014 4:21:10 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    The Arena, Volume 41 ^ | July 1909 | William Kittle
    THE MAKING OF PUBLIC OPINIONBy William Kittle. July 1909 DURING the last decade, public opinion has been made for and against three great special interests in the United States: the railway companies, the city utility companies and a few industrial corporations like the Beef Trust and the Standard Oil Company. These interests necessarily seek to obtain new or to retain old special privileges. The railway companies resist any important regulation of rates or service. The city utility companies seek the most favorable and profitable franchises. Some of the industrial corporations have established monopolies injurious to the public. It has become...
  • William Randolph Hearst's acceptance speech of the Independence League

    05/26/2014 7:48:37 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    William Randolph Hearst - Acceptance of the Independence League Nomination (October 3rd, 1906)Two Things are of special importance as issues in this campaign, liberty and prosperity. By far the greater of these is liberty, for a man not truely free is not really a man at all. The object of the Independence League is to resist the attacks upon human liberty, upon government of the people menaced by corporation rule, and to resist the attacks upon general prosperity by those same corporations, and by dishonest financial agencies. I accept with gratitude and with a deep feeling of responsibility the nomination...
  • Platform of the Independence Party

    05/25/2014 11:49:45 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    PLATFORM OF THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY, ADOPTED AT CHICAGO, ILL., JULY 28, 1908.We, Independent America citizens, representing the Independence party in forty-four States and two Territories, have met in national convention to nominate, absolutely Independent of all other political parties, candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States Our action is based upon a determination to wrest the conduct of public affairs from the hands of selfish interests, political tricksters and corrupt bosses, and make the Government as the founders intended, an agency for the common good. At a period of unexampled national prosperity and promise, a staggering blow was...
  • Hearst: Yellow journalism is "furiously active" journalism

    05/24/2014 5:28:10 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    From the London M.A.P. (Mainly About People), June 13th, 1908, a conversation with William Randolph Hearst is recorded: Mr. Hearst was once asked to define "yellow" journalism. "It is furiously active journalism," he replied, "journalism that is not content with merely printing news, but which aims rather to educate and influence its audience, and through it, to accomplish something for the benefit of the community and the and the whole country." A larger view of this can be seen in W. T. Stead's character sketch of Hearst: "'Yellow journalism,'" said Mr. Hearst, "is active journalism. It is the journalism which...
  • Economic Despotism - Working When Congress Won't Act

    05/19/2014 4:17:51 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    White House Weekly Address ^ | May 17th |
    This is tyranny. We have reached the point to where Obama now openly states that he is a despot, a dictator. King Barry I says: "Where Congress won't act, I will" (0:33) "I'll keep doing what I can on my own" (3:27) "All of them can be done without Congress" (4:02) "In the meantime I'll do whatever I can" (4:10) That's four times in four minutes, that Obama openly put his tyrannical beliefs on display as well as intent to commit more unilateral imperial activity. At the Constitutional Convention, June 1st, 1787, Roger Sherman said the following: "I favor appointment...
  • Matthew Arnold's warning about "The New Journalism"

    05/17/2014 7:48:48 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    Matthew Arnold was no fan of William Thomas Stead. In an article titled "Up to Easter", Arnold writes, among other things: But we have to consider the new voters, the democracy, as people are fond of calling them. They have many merits, but among them is not that of being, in general, reasonable persons who think fairly and seriously. We have had opportunities of observing a new journalism which a clever and energetic man has lately invented. It has much to recommend it; it is full of ability, novelty, variety, sensation, sympathy, generous instincts ; its one great fault is...
  • THE PRESIDENT AND THE NEGRO, The Nation (a 1913 editorial)

    05/17/2014 5:32:07 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 22 replies
    THE PRESIDENT AND THE NEGRO August 7th, 1913 Mr. Wilson finds himself thus early in his Administration at the parting of the ways in the matter of the negro citizen. His nomination of Mr. A. E. Patterson, of Oklahoma, as Register of the Treasury, has been withdrawn at the nominee's request, and for the first time in a quarter of a century the office is to go to some one other than to a negro. Mr. Patterson asked to be allowed to withdraw because of the violent opposition of the negrophobe Southern Senators - Vardaman, Tillman, Hoke Smith, and the...
  • Original statement of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society (1905)

    05/10/2014 4:43:30 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    This original document, signed by, among others, J.G. Phelps Stokes, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Oscar Lovell Triggs, Clarence S. Darrow, B.O. Flower, William English Walling, Leonard D. Abbott, Jack London, and Upton Sinclair. Its complete text is as follows: In the opinion of the undersigned the recent remarkable increase in the Socialist vote in America should serve as an indication to the educated men and women in the country that Socialism is a thing concerning which it is no longer wise to be indifferent. The undersigned, regarding its aims and fundamental principles with sympathy, and believing that in...
  • Did the Founding Fathers know what centralized planning was?

    04/26/2014 5:50:11 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 18 replies
    Have you ever come across the suggestion that the America that existed during the time of the Founders is incompatible with "modern America"? There's a huge problem with this. This idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. Its true. Progressives believe in centralized planning, which is an older concept than individual Liberty. All we have to do is ask Adam Smith. In his book "The Theory of Moral...
  • The Influence of Henry George in England, by John A. Hobson

    04/12/2014 12:47:45 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 21 replies
    THE INFLUENCE OF HENRY GEORGE IN ENGLANDThe social philosophy of the "West-End club contains a doctrine of "agitation" which easily explains the influence of such a man as Henry George. "Agitation" thus interpreted implies neither a genuine grievance in the agitated, nor an honest purpose in the agitator; for the one is substituted an irrational discontent, for the other a mere lust for popularity and power. The agitator thus conceived is an uninstructed "spouter," who plays upon a natural fund of envy and cupidity latent in the masses, stimulating an attack upon the established order of things. By such foolish...
  • Woodrow Wilson defends his campaign pledge to be an Unconstitutional Governor

    03/30/2014 1:48:21 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    On October 3rd, 1910, at a campaign rally at the Taylor Opera House, Woodrow Wilson said the following: If you elect me I will be an unconstitutional Governor in that respect. I will talk to the people as well as to the Legislature, and I will use all moral force with that body to bring about what the people demand. I am going to take every important debate in the Legislature out on the stump and discuss it with them. If the people do not agree, then no harm will be done to the legislators, but the people will have...

    03/30/2014 12:52:17 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 04, 1910
        TRENTON, N. J., Oct. 3.--Before an audience which filled the Taylor Opera House, Dr. Woodrow Wilson, Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey, defined to-night where he stood on public issues. He was received with immense enthusiasm. His wife, sitting in a box, joined heartily in the applause.     Unmindful of the fact that "Old Nassau" is only sung or played when Princeton men are in danger of defeat, the band played the air when Dr. Wilson was introduced by Chairman Erwin E. Marshall of the Democratic City Committee, but the audience did not know university ethics, and yelled for five...
  • Is "expert" a new euphemism for "dictatorship"?

    03/08/2014 6:30:26 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    Long after finishing the book "Public Opinion", I still have many notes written about it. Another is that progressives use the lofty position as "expert" as a means of shutting down debate and thus getting what they want. I'm sure I've brushed into this many times indirectly, but now is a good time as any to be as direct as possible about it. Starting on page 399: As a private citizen, as a sovereign voter, no one could attempt to digest these documents. But as one party to a dispute, as a committeeman in a legislature, as an officer in...
  • William Henry Smyth had tyranny in mind when he wrote about a technocracy

    03/01/2014 8:28:27 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    Has the word "expert" superceded the word "monarch"? It has, if you have ever taken the time to read the writings of William Henry Smyth, the original postulate of the concept of a technocracy. If you read the Wikipedia page for "Technocracy", it tries to persuade the reader that a technocracy is an advanced form of meritocracy. That's a bunch of cuss words. Seriously, what an insult to everybody who reads the page. A "technocrat" is not any different than a bureaucrat. A bureaucrat with an engineering degree is still a bureaucrat. They just use one label to camouflage the...
  • Obama White House calls for the formation of a tyrannical government in the wake of Ukraine protests

    02/23/2014 8:44:15 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 24 replies
    The White House released the following statement: The United States is closely monitoring developments in Ukraine. We have consistently advocated a de-escalation of violence, constitutional change, a coalition government, and early elections, and today’s developments could move us closer to that goal. The unshakeable principle guiding events must be that the people of Ukraine determine their own future. We welcome constructive work in the Rada and continue to urge the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity. We welcome former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s release from a prison hospital today, and we wish her a speedy recovery...
  • John Dewey's propaganda by deed: The School as a Social Center

    02/15/2014 7:02:24 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    The "propaganda of the deed" or propagandas by deed have traditionally been an anarchist tool - and for violent purposes....... or have they? That's what we have been told for a long time, but why can't other activities by various statist oriented groups also be deeds intended to make a point - even non violently? I think they are and I think they have. In the 1920's, the New York State Legislature put together a joint committee to investigate seditious activities, and the result of all this was a work titled "Revolutionary Radicalism". I actually think this does a disservice,...
  • If Christian schools teach love of Christ, what do government schools teach love of?

    02/08/2014 7:16:07 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 20 replies
    Its just a thought piece. I am sure I could cite hundreds, if not thousands of examples of topics removed from public government schools in favor of topics more sympathetic to social justice. As could you. There is a very long train of abuses here. For topics on my mind in this context, I recently posted text of the 1100 Charter of Liberties, in which King Henry plainly stated that it is oppressive to buy back your inheritance - the death tax. Also, I am currently recording the full text of the Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, here -...