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  • The Influence of Henry George in England, by John A. Hobson

    04/12/2014 12:47:45 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 18 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 -...
  • In 1100 AD, The People knew that the death tax was oppressive

    02/06/2014 4:34:40 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    I want to introduce you to a magnificent document that far too few people have read. But before I introduce it to you, I need to remind you of something written in Federalist #84, that English history is American history. Hamilton specifically sites several(major) English documents that are important pre-cursors to the US Constitution. The earliest of said documents in that chain is the magnificent 1100 Charter of Liberties. Hamilton cites Magna Carta as the earliest, but the M.C. is really reliant upon the 1100 Charter as a precedent. In this Charter of Liberties, you will see, among other things,...
  • The 1100 Charter of Liberties

    02/06/2014 4:14:50 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 1 replies
    1100 | King Henry I
    CHARTER OF LIBERTIES OF HENRY I. 1100(Latin text in Stubbs, Select Charters, ninth edition, pp. 117-119. Translation by the editor.) Henry, king of the English, to Bishop Samson and Urso de Abetot and all his barons and faithful, both French and English, of Worcestershire, greeting. 1. Know that by the mercy of God and the common counsel of the barons of the whole kingdom of England I have been crowned king of said kingdom; and because the kingdom had been oppressed by unjust exactions, I, through fear of God and the love which I have toward you all, in the...
  • English history is American history - Alexander Hamilton and John Adams

    02/05/2014 3:58:19 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    There is an important piece of information contained in Federalist #84 that I would like to highlight: It has been several times truly remarked that bills of rights are, in their origin, stipulations between kings and their subjects, abridgements of prerogative in favor of privilege, reservations of rights not surrendered to the prince. Such was MAGNA CHARTA, obtained by the barons, sword in hand, from King John. Such were the subsequent confirmations of that charter by succeeding princes. Such was the Petition of Right assented to by Charles I., in the beginning of his reign. Such, also, was the Declaration...
  • John Dewey was "searching for the State" - Corydon Ford

    02/02/2014 11:48:09 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    If you study John Dewey on the surface, much of his history has been brushed away. But if you really go digging, you will find out about two of Dewey's early radical colleagues, those being Corydon and Franklin Ford. (Moreso Franklin than Corydon) In his book "The Child of Democracy: Being the Adventures of the Embryo State", Corydon La Ford recounts some of the relationship between the Fords and John Dewey. What's written on page 174 is just odd: Professor Dewey, of Philosophy, sawed with me on the schools and welcomed the proposition of a new economy in the State...
  • The School as a Social Centre, by John Dewey

    02/01/2014 5:29:25 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 19 replies
    October 1902 | John Dewey
    THE SCHOOL AS SOCIAL CENTEROCTOBER, 1902 An address delivered before the National Council of Education, Minneapolis, Minn., July, 1902. According to the character of my invitation to speak to you, I shall confine myself to the philosophy of the school as a social center. I accept the invitation with pleasure, but at the same time I do not feel that the philosophical aspect of the matter is the urgent or important one. The pressing thing, the significant thing, is really to make the school a social center; that is a matter of practice, not of theory. Just what to do...
  • Nationalizing Education, by John Dewey

    01/29/2014 6:04:46 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    The Journal of the National Education Association | September, 1916 | John Dewey
    NATIONALIZING EDUCATIONJOHN DEWEY, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, N.Y.The words "nation" and "national" have two quite different meanings. We cannot profitably discuss the nationalizing of education unless we are clear as to the difference between the two. For one meaning indicates something desirable, something to be cultivated by education, while the other stands for something to be avoided as an evil plague. The idea which has given the movement toward nationality which has been such a feature of the last century its social vitality, is the consciousness of a community of history and purpose larger than that of...
  • An amendable Constitution is the opposite counterpart to a living constitution, not dead

    01/26/2014 10:30:18 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    PGA Weblog
    IMHO, One of the worst unintended consequences of the mischaracterization of the US Constitution as 'living' is that it urges a response to what is the readily-available/exact opposite. The problem is, the United States Constitution is not a dead constitution. To illustrate, I would like to make a list of dead constitutions for you in the hopes that it will help set up what may be a proper comparison. The Constitution of Rome, is a dead constitution. The Solonian Constitution, is a dead constitution. The Constitution of Prussia, is a dead constitution. (All three of them) The Constitution of Burma,...
  • Tea Partiers did not deface Plymouth Rock

    01/25/2014 9:11:21 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    Here's another story that I am Johnny-come-lately on: Anarchists Deface Plymouth RockTo me, a story like this is a great opportunity to further educate about the history of progressivism. Anarchists are completely different from conservatives, but that has never stopped progressives from mixing the two and it hasn't for 100 years. I had a lot of fun putting that post together, I encourage everybody to lift and use all of the original sources for your own benefit. You don't have to click that link. Here they are again, the original sources. Harry Reid says: (video) When I was in school,...
  • Does this mean that progressives now support nullification?

    01/25/2014 5:47:06 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    How many of you missed this story? EPA overrides Congress, hands over town to Indian tribesHere's the first paragraph: Have you heard the story of the residents of Riverton, Wyo.? One day they were Wyomingans, the next they were members of the Wind River tribes — after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the town part of the Wind River Indian Reservation, undoing a 1905 law passed by Congress and angering state officials. But here's how I read it: Have you heard the story of the residents of Riverton, Wyo.? One day they were Wyomingans, the next they were members of...
  • Living and Breathing: The British Constitution

    01/18/2014 7:09:51 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 22 replies
    Does being unwritten make the British Constitution a living and breathing document?Most conservatives resist the notion that the Constitution is a living and breathing document. But perhaps the notion is worth a second look if you just ask the following question: Which constitution? Once you decide to start comparing constitutions you might be surprised at your findings. There are living Constitutions out there, they just don't apply to the United States of America. This article is built around three goals. First, to highlight a small piece of the history of Progressivism and how it relates to what’s written. Second, to...
  • The importance of subtlety and reader perception to manipulative journalism

    01/11/2014 5:43:32 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    "The subtlest and most pervasive of all influences ere those which create and maintain the repertory of stereotypes. We are told about the world before we see it. We imagine most things before we experience them. And those preconceptions, unless education has made us acutely aware, govern deeply the whole process of perception." - Walter Lippmann, "Public Opinion", page 89. So who creates and controls these preconceptions? Journalists do, and he knows it. He says so on page 355: It is a problem of provoking feeling in the reader, of inducing him to feel a sense of personal identification with...
  • Is Walter Lippmann really the "Father of Modern Journalism"? Part 2

    01/04/2014 8:57:55 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    As a continuation of my prior post, I want to point out some more things I have found. This will further highlight the importance of Lippmann's ideas among the journalistic world - not because I say they're important, but because journalists themselves say or write it. One of the things I mentioned in the prior post was that the Harvard School of Journalism has a monument to Walter Lippmann, right on their campus. That's a fairly profound statement on their behalf of what their view of Lippmann was. They also proudly proclaim it: That’s our home, Lippmann House, above in...
  • New audiobook release: Public Opinion, by Walter Lippmann

    01/01/2014 6:59:13 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    New audiobook release: Public Opinion, by Walter Lippmann "You want to know why journalism doesn't get it? You know why journalism isn't on top of it? Because they have read Walter Lippmann." - Glenn Beck, May 27th, 2010. The implication here is that if you want to understand the foundational corruption of the institution of journalism, you should be reading Walter Lippmann. They are. Now you have a new option on the table. Listen to it. This book consists of 28 chapters, all 28 are now freely downloadable. More than anything else, this is what the progressingamerica project is all...
  • The Slavery Party, by Frederick Douglass

    12/09/2013 10:07:43 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    Original Sources | May, 1853 | Frederick Douglass
    The Slavery Party(title reference) The Slavery Party, full text, from a larger untitled speech. May, 1853. MR. PRESIDENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: The resolution upon which I propose to make a few remarks respects the present condition and the future prospects of the whole colored people of the United States. The subject is a great one, and opens ample scope for thought and feeling. I feel a diffidence in undertaking its consideration for two causes: first, my own incompetence to do it justice; and the second is, the peculiar relation subsisting between me and the audience I am to address. Sir,...
  • Woodrow Wilson and the "Spirit of the Age"

    12/07/2013 7:12:47 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    In his 1908 book "Constitutional Government in the United States", Woodrow Wilson uses a line that could be easy to overlook, but it is a crucial point. On page 69, Wilson writes the following: The Presidents who have not made themselves leaders have lived no more truly on that account in the spirit of the Constitution than those whose force has told in the determination of law and policy. No doubt Andrew Jackson overstepped the bounds meant to be set to the authority of his office. It was certainly in direct contravention of the spirit of the Constitution that he...
  • Fifty Shades of Journalistic Grey

    11/30/2013 5:37:45 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    Do you think Obama is the first radical to give someone in the media a thrill up their leg? No, not really. I recently uploaded an article lifted out of The Metropolitan, titled "Understanding Woodrow Wilson". I first referenced this article over a year ago, but I need it for a future article I am writing and I noticed that the article is not searchable via a search engine. Well, was. Now that problem is solved. Anyways, If you read the article you cannot help but notice how big of a puff piece it is. Being as I am normally...
  • Understanding Woodrow Wilson, by Peter Clark Macfarlane

    11/26/2013 11:32:05 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 22 replies
    The Metropolitan ^ | October 1912 | Peter Clark MacFarlane
    Understanding Woodrow Wilson/UnderstandingWilsonPeterClarkMacFarlane> It is highly important that the people of the United States should not deceive themselves regarding Woodrow Wilson. The man is less transparent than he seems. He thinks in ultimates. He sees to the end of the road before ever he takes the trail. In his book on "Congressional Government,"' written twenty-seven years ago, there are not wanting evidences that he was thinking even then that he might some day be President. He has the most undaunted faith in the results of his own mental processes. His personal resources have apparently not even been taxed - no...
  • Would you like to watch Ted Cruz debate an actual Communist?

    11/20/2013 12:08:13 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    The video is here. This is pretty straight forward - Van Jones is a revolutionary communist, he has plainly admitted that. So what I would like to do is take the opportunity to remind everybody about the STORM manifesto. When it comes to Jones and 'communism', there is no name calling involved. It's what he actually believes, and this manifesto goes a long way towards helping you make a valid argument. Below are the chapter by chapter recordings on You Tube. This took me a lot of time to record at the time. Please pass it on to others you...
  • Kerry Makes It Official: 'The era of the Roosevelt Corollary Is Over'

    11/19/2013 12:45:54 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    You may have seen the news by now that John Kerry said the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over. Problem is, if you read what he said he isn't substantively talking about the Monroe Doctrine. He's talking about the Roosevelt Corollary. John Kerry(a progressive) is rejecting his own history! Theodore Roosevelt is one of John Kerry's own founding fathers, being the first President of the Progressive era. So what exactly did John Kerry say? Among other things: The relationship that we seek and that we have worked hard to foster is not about a United States declaration about how...
  • Stalin: The collective method proved to be an exceedingly progressive method

    11/16/2013 7:32:13 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 27 replies
    In a speech to the Russian people on February 9th, 1946, Joseph Stalin explained the following: Secondly, by the policy of collectivizing agriculture. To put an end to our backwardness in agriculture and to provide the country with the largest possible amount of market grain, cotton, and so forth, it was necessary to pass from small peasant farming to large-scale farming, for only large-scale farming can employ modern machinery, utilize all the achievements of agricultural science and provide the largest possible quantity of market produce. But there are two kinds of large-scale farming -- capitalist and collective. The Communist Party...
  • Speech delivered by Joseph V Stalin, February 9th, 1946

    11/16/2013 7:29:49 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Wilson Center ^ | February 9, 1946
    Speech Delivered by Josef Vissarionovich Stalin at a meeting of voters of the Stalin Electoral District, MoscowFebruary 9, 1946Comrades! Eight years have passed since the last elections to the Supreme Soviet. This has been a period replete with events of a decisive nature. The first four years were years of intense labour on the part of Soviet people in carrying out the Third Five-Year Plan. The second four years covered the events of the war against the German and Japanese aggressors -- the events of the Second World War. Undoubtedly, the war was the main event during the past period....
  • "The American Invaders": Fred MacKenzie's indictment of big government in Great Britain

    11/09/2013 6:19:26 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    Frederick Mackenzie's book is one that progressive historians love to flaunt amongst other progressive historians and among their students. But have you ever actually read the book? You should, because if you wish to challenge a progressive historian it will serve you well. I'll explain: I chose Robert B. Reich's 2010 book "The Work of Nations" to serve as my example, because his is a high profile name that's easily recognizable. At the end, I will list some others. On page 29 of "The Work of Nations", the following is written in a footnote: Beginning in the 1890's, the average...
  • Why do journalists want to separate themselves from the evils of advertising?

    08/12/2013 7:02:51 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    Last week, on Rush's show he spent quite a lot of time talking about how journalists view their industry as being above advertising; that they do not need to make a profit. They should be able to lose money in perpetuity and never face cutbacks. There is an answer to why this mindset exists. In short, journalists view advertising as a hallmark of "yellow journalism". Delos F. Wilcox, Ph. D. gives us the answer we need on page 91 of a book he wrote titled "The American Newspaper: A Study in Social Psychology". Published in 1900, originally in the Annals...
  • A Southern farm is the beau ideal of Communism - the perfect commune

    08/10/2013 7:32:53 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    In "Sociology for the South: or, The failure of free society", George Fitzhugh writes the following: (pages 244-246) Domestic slavery in the Southern States has produced the same results in elevating the character of the master that it did in Greece and Rome. He is lofty and independent in his sentiments, generous, affectionate, brave and eloquent; he is superior to the Northerner in every thing but the arts of thrift. History proves this. A Yankee sometimes gets hold of the reins of State, attempts Apollo, but acts Phaeton. Scipio and Aristides, Calhoun and Washington, are the noble results of domestic...
  • ‘The Very Best Form of Socialism’: The Pro-Slavery Roots of the Modern Left

    08/10/2013 6:31:01 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 6th, 2013 | Jarrett Stepman & Inez Feltscher
    The left has been waging a decades-long smear campaign against conservatives, painting them as bigots who have been on the wrong side of history on every issue, including America’s greatest sin – slavery. Vice President Joe Biden even went as far as to suggest during the 2012 election that a Republican victory would re-enslave African-Americans. Leftist academics and historians have gone to great lengths to bury and distort the names and legacies of the men who defended the ugliest of American institutions; men whose philosophy on government, rights, and liberty, as it turns out, is uncomfortably close to their own....
  • Old "distributive justice" vs new "distributive justice" and language abuse by progressives

    07/26/2013 7:48:44 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    Old "distributive justice" vs the new "distributive justice", and the abuse of the English language by progressivesThe interesting thing about history is that there is very little that's new under the sun. This is also true for the term "distributive justice". I asked the question "Is "distributive justice" yet another idea that progressives imported from Germany?" to which the answer is yes. American Progressives did import it from Germany, all you have to do is check the progressives' footnotes. But that is not where this ends, because the German Socialists originally got the term from somewhere else. In short, there's...
  • Character Sketch: W. Randolph Hearst, By William Thomas Stead (1908)

    07/24/2013 6:34:23 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    Stead's Review ^ | December 1908 | William Thomas Stead
    W. Randolph HearstThis is the highest and most profitable knowledge, truly to know and to despise ourselves. To have no opinion of ourselves and to think always well and highly of others, is great wisdom and perfection. If thou shouldest see another sin openly or commit some grievous crime, yet thou oughtest not to esteem thyself better; because thou knowest not how long thou mayest be able to remain in a good state. We are all frail; but as to thee, do not think they are more frail than thyself. - Thomas a Kempis, Book I. Ch. I. I.- AN...
  • The Lippmann School of Journalism

    07/23/2013 8:34:01 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    I've made it through the entirety of Walter Lippmann's book "Public Opinion", and I initially missed it. Walter Lippmann gives up the entire journalistic game right in the very first paragraph. Though, it is easy to miss given how the book is structured. I'm almost done with the full audiobook, but in doing some reviewing, I re-read this portion and it hit me. Right here at the outset Walter Lippmann sets the tone for his book very, very well. This is the very first paragraph of the book, on page 1: There is an island in the ocean where in...
  • Kin Beyond Sea, by William Ewart Gladstone

    07/19/2013 7:27:44 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    The North American Review | July 26, 1878 | William E. Gladstone
    KIN BEYOND SEASeptember-October, 1878 It is now nearly half a century since the works of De Tocqueville and De Beaumont, founded upon personal observation, brought the institutions of the United States effectually within the circle of European thought and interest. They were cooperators, but not upon an equal scale. De Beaumont belongs to the class of ordinary though able writers: De Tocqueville was the Burke of his age, and his treatise upon America may well be regarded as among the best books hitherto produced for the political student of all times and countries. But higher and deeper than the concern...
  • Progressivism is a puzzle. You're supposed to put the pieces together and connect the dots.

    07/18/2013 7:11:50 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 17 replies
    In "The New Democracy", by Walter Weyl, he writes the following: (page 166) Nor do all these revolutionists comprehend that they are allies. One group in the community strives to end the exploitation of child labor. Other groups seek to extend and improve education, to combat tuberculosis, to reform housing conditions, to secure direct primaries, to obtain the referendum, to punish force and fraud at the polls, to secure governmental inspection of foods, to regulate railroad rates, to limit the issue of stocks and bonds of corporations doing an interstate business, to change the character and incidence of taxation, to...
  • The Future of Journalism

    07/13/2013 7:37:17 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 19 replies
    The Contemporary Review | 1886 | William T. Stead
    THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISMTHE future of journalism is a large subject. It is but a thing of yesterday, but already it overshadows the world. The rustle of its myriad sheets, unfolded afresh every morning and folded for ever at night, supplies a realistic fulfilment of one part of the old Norse saga of the Ash-tree Ygdrasil, whose roots were watered by the Norns, and on whose leaves were written the scenes of the life of man. It has part of the necessary garniture of the civilized man. The Northcountry pitman said "He felt quite naked-like without his dog." A man...
  • About Woodrow Wilson's concentration camps......

    07/12/2013 7:27:07 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 211 replies
    Little known is it that FDR is not the first president to have relocation camps, and Japanese Americans were not the original target. Nearly 30 years prior to World War two, German Americans were the targets and the most interesting thing is that very little is written about this. History has been virtually expunged of this topic. Historians do not write about it, so history books don't contain it, and even from various news journals at the time it was largely unreported. When it was reported, some of the blurbs on it were small and not noteworthy. The first American...
  • How the United States Takes Care of German Prisoners

    07/12/2013 6:50:12 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 29 replies
    Munsey's Magazine | June, 1918 | Reuben A. Lewis
    How the United States Takes Care of German Prisoners (June, 1918)A VISITOR TO THE PRISON CAMP AT FORT McPHERSON, GEORGIA, DESCRIBES THE COMFORTABLE LIFE LED BY THE INMATES By Reuben A. Lewis WHAT sort of treatment will American soldiers receive when the fortunes of war leave them prisoners in German hands? The question is one that may come to have a very poignant interest as the great struggle goes on; and we shall have the right to ask it in a most emphatic manner. For, in championing the cause of humanity, we are fighting with clean hands. We already have...
  • Here's how you spell "Distributive Justice" in German: Verteilungsgerechtigkeit

    07/11/2013 8:39:55 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    Considering that "distributive justice" is an ideal that progressives wholly ripped off from German intellectuals, I thought we all ought to know how to at least spell it in it's native tongue. It's a Germanic idea so why should we all act like it's American? Just a few notes: This is the Wikipedia page for "Verteilungsgerechtigkeit", and this is the Google translation of that page. There are various books out there that discuss Gustav Schmoller's ideas of Verteilungsgerechtigkeit, such as 1, 2. There are of course other intellectuals to be named besides Schmoller(Such as Adolph Wagner), but this long German...
  • Gustav Schmoller - an important source of Germanic ideals in early progressivism

    07/09/2013 5:37:36 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    I recently wrote about how John A Ryan, the "Right Reverend New Dealer", used the writing of Gustav von Schmoller as a source for his idea of "distributive justice." As I noted then, another person influenced by Schmoller was Emily Greene Balch. There are plenty of others: Thorstein Veblen was influenced by him, having written a piece on Gustav von Schmoller's Economics. William J. Ashley, gave his inaugural address to the University of Toronto with a dedication to Gustav Schmoller on page 2. W.E.B. DuBois, like Emily Balch, studied under Schmoller. Richard T. Ely, Florence Kelley, John Graham Brooks, and...
  • Here's what I told Mark Levin : We live in a Progressive Democracy

    07/06/2013 7:52:32 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 17 replies
    Levin has said for a long time that we live in a "post constitutional republic" and in a general sense this is correct, but specifically we live in a "Progressive Democracy". This is also the title for a book written by Herbert Croly. The book is not in copyright, I hope people will download it online and read it. I would like to teach you how/where to find and verify everything that I stated: Theodore Roosevelt specifically recommended Croly's book "Progressive Democracy" in an article of his titled "Two noteworthy books on Democracy". I stated that the progressives hate the...
  • The ProgressingAmerica project needs your help

    06/25/2013 10:09:14 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    I have seen and heard plenty of people vent frustration about things such as preaching to the choir or being willing to do more but not knowing what more they can do, or perhaps where to do it. Well, I want to offer you to help me with what I am trying to accomplish, or rather, ask all of you to help me, offer your time. I wish to see to it that the Debates between our Founding Fathers, in which our great Constitution was forged, are made into an audiobook that people can download freely, listen to, and learn...
  • Is "Distributive Justice" yet another idea that progressives imported from Germany?

    06/25/2013 7:28:21 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 16 replies
    In his book "Distributive Justice" John A. Ryan writes the following: (page 252) The Canon of Human WelfareWe say "human" welfare rather than "social" welfare, in order to make clear the fact that this canon considers the well being of men not only as a social group, but also as individuals. It includes and summarises all that is ethically and socially feasible in the five canons already reviewed. It takes account of equality, inasmuch as it regards all men as persons, as subjects of rights; and of needs, inasmuch as it awards to all the necessary participants in the industrial...
  • The Idea of Justice in Political Economy, by Gustav von Schmoller (1881)

    06/25/2013 7:17:21 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    1881 | Gustav von Schmoller
    THE IDEA OF JUSTICE IN POLITICAL ECONOMYIs there a just distribution of economic goods? Or should there be? This is a question which is raised again to-day, a question which has been asked as long as human society and social institutions have existed. The greatest thinker of ancient history asked the question and thousands after him have repeated it, sages and scholars, great statesmen and hungry proletarians, thoughtful philanthropists and enthusiastic idealists. To-day the question seems less opportune than ever. Even those who pride themselves on their idealism declare it to be one of the useless questions which nobody can...
  • Was World War 1 the progressives first attempt at "fundamental transformation" of America?

    06/21/2013 8:28:43 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 24 replies
    In the first hour of his show on monday, Glenn discussed the revolutionary nature of large wars and how they change everything. He specifically mentioned WW1 during the show, which is something I've long thought of myself but I also thought perhaps I was being too aggressive in my beliefs. Coinciding with this blog post, I also posted an article from The Nation which was published in 1917, in which the progressives' eagerness cannot be contained: Our cause, then, can give us a calm conscience. But that is not enough. The question is whether we can remain true to the...
  • The American Tradition and the War

    06/21/2013 8:17:25 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    The Nation | April 26th, 1917 | Frederick Lewis Allen
    The American Tradition and the War, April 26th, 1917THE past months have witnessed a rebirth of American patriotism. Many of us had been taking the United States almost for granted. It had been to us something like a club in which we were members by right of birth - a club in which we paid our dues as a matter of course, on behalf of which we accepted our casual slight responsibilities more or less grudgingly, and to which we paid comparatively little attention: the purpose of the club was something so vague to us that in the pressure of...
  • A Test of the News

    06/18/2013 6:36:29 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 1 replies ^ | Walter Lippmann and Charles Merz
    Per the Wikipedia page: A Test of the News is a 1920 study done by Walter Lippmann, a US journalist, and Charles Merz, later editorial page editor of the New York Times. They examined press coverage of the Bolshevik revolution for a three-year period beginning with the overthrow of the Tsar in February 1917. They used the New York Times as their source because of its reputation for accurate reporting.