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  • Understanding Progressive Nationalism

    03/28/2017 6:53:34 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    In his speech to Congress on December 7, 1915, Woodrow Wilson made the following point about hyphenated Americans: There are citizens of the United States, I blush to admit, born under other flags but welcomed under our generous naturalization laws to the full freedom and opportunity of America, who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life; who have sought to bring the authority and good name of our Government into contempt, to destroy our industries wherever they thought it effective for their vindictive purposes to strike at them, and to debase our politics...
  • Evolution and Revolution, by G. D. H. Cole

    03/26/2017 6:06:24 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    In 1921, George Douglas Howard Cole(Who would become a member of the Fabian Society) wrote the following in a book about Guild Socialism: (page 156) We have now completed our outline sketch of the structure and methods of working of a Guild Socialist Commonwealth, and have thus come to the threshold of the practical problem of transition to it from the capitalist Society of to-day. And here the first question that confronts us, as it confronts all Socialists under the conditions of the present time, is the question of "evolution and revolution." Do we hope and intend to bring about...
  • The 9th amendment vs the living constitution

    03/22/2017 7:40:55 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    There is a new argument that progressives are cooking up, consider this a warning. Be prepared. In Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution, the following is written: (page 268) Oddly enough, those who advocate a constitutional "jurisprudence of original intention" and assert that the Constitution "said what it meant and meant what it said," are the ones who most vigorously deny content to the Ninth Amendment and to the concept of a "living Constitution." Presumably, they would not swear fealty to a dead Constitution, not even to a static one of the sort endorsed by Chief Justice Roger Taney in...
  • Will you listen to this speech audio? Unbelievable.

    03/16/2017 8:20:29 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    (He) stated his position when he said that the history of government, the history of liberty, was the history of the limitation of governmental power. This is true as an academic statement of history in the past. It is not true as a statement affecting the present. It is true of the history of medieval Europe. It is not true of the history of twentieth-century America. In the days when all governmental power existed exclusively in the king or in the baronage and when the people had no shred of that power in their own hands, then it undoubtedly was...
  • Progressive Cause Greater Than Any Individual, by Theodore Roosevelt

    03/10/2017 7:08:20 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 20 replies
    PROGRESSIVE CAUSE GREATER THAN ANY INDIVIDUALBy Theodore Roosevelt, October 14th, 1912 Just before entering the Auditorium at Milwaukee, an attempt was made on Colonel Roosevelt's life. The speech which follows is from a stenographic report, differing considerably from the prepared manuscript. - Editor's Note FRIENDS, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. But fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a...
  • Woodrow Wilson describes progressive democrats and progressive republicans

    03/06/2017 12:46:08 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    In A People Awakened, a book detailing his bid for governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson stated the following at a campaign speech on November 2nd, just days before the gubernatorial election: (page 203) I feel as I look over an audience like this that something has happened in New Jersey. We have tried to introduce a new kind of political campaign, and it seems to take, for we are not interested in commending a party to you, we are not interested in commending persons for office, but we are deeply interested in commending certain political purposes to you, we...
  • Concerning the Founding of Nationalist Colonies, by Edward Bellamy

    03/04/2017 11:31:17 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    Concerning the Founding of Nationalist ColoniesBy Edward Bellamy, editor of The New Nation (1893) The editor of The New Nation is very often asked for an opinion as to the merits of various plans for starting colonies, communities and exclusive settlements for the purpose of carrying out the principles of nationalism. By way of general reply we would say that the existing colonies called cities, states and nations seem to us best adapted to the illustration of our principles. The machinery of these existing organizations is strong, well proven and complete, and it belongs to the people as soon as...
  • The 14th amendment and the re-founding of America

    02/24/2017 10:07:56 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Historians are fond of referring to the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments together as "America's Second Founding". These three amendments produce an overwhelming, positive good: They abolish (Constitutionally) the legacy of the British Crown in bringing slavery to these colonies and henceforth these states. But here is the funny thing. The "Founding Fathers" of these three amendments, did not create a brand new United States of America. They did not discuss contraceptives. They did not discuss homosexuality, or abortions, the parents of illegal aliens, or any other of the things that radical judges like to say they discussed. They didn't...
  • C-SPAN list of best presidents highlights historian malpractice

    02/22/2017 8:22:35 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    This is exactly why we need citizen historians. The "real" big time "historians" don't teach history because at the worst they do not want to, or at the best they are incapable of teaching it because they are ignorant of it. Most of the time, historians teach history as a series of unrelated events while memorizing who said what, when what was built, and what year did x happen. Instead of teaching Americans, the people of Liberty, about the story of Liberty that history has to tell. It's the greatest story never told. C-SPAN's list of presidents is getting attention,...
  • Where We Can Work With Socialists, by Theodore Roosevelt

    02/21/2017 12:38:13 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Where We Can Work With SocialistsIt is true that the doctrines of communistic Socialism, if consistently followed, mean the ultimate annihilation of civilization. Yet the converse is also true. Ruin faces us if we decline steadily to try to reshape our whole civilization in accordance with the law of service, and if we permit ourselves to "Be mislecf by any empirical or academic consideration into refusing to exert the common power of the community where only collective action can do what individualism has left undone, or can remedy the wrongs done by an unrestricted and ill-regulated individualism. There is any...
  • Where We Cannot Work With Socialists, by Theodore Roosevelt

    02/21/2017 12:35:04 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    Where We Cannot Work With SocialistsIt is always difficult to discuss a question when it proves impossible to define the terms in which that question is to be discussed. Therefore there is not much to be gained by a discussion of Socialism versus Individualism in the abstract. Neither absolute Individualism nor absolute Socialism would be compatible with civilization at all; and among the arguments of the extremists of either side the only unanswerable ones are those which show the absurdity of the position of the other. Not so much as the first step towards real civilization can be taken until...
  • New audiobook release: The Challenge of Waste, by Stuart Chase

    02/18/2017 6:59:21 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    It's that time again, another audiobook has been finalized and ready for download. The Challenge of WasteWhat's interesting about this 1922 book, is that Stuart Chase, who would a decade later coin the term "New Deal" and be an adviser to FDR, based much of his opinions for this book on a study about waste which was commissioned by Herbert Hoover. That's because Hoover himself didn't stop being a progressive until seeing his own failures as president and Franklin Roosevelt doubling down on what clearly did not work. Hoover, like any other early 20th century progressive, was utterly obsessed with...
  • Planning always fail. But then why do the planners never give up?

    02/16/2017 11:24:18 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    Authors Susan S. Fainstein and James DeFilippis wrote a book titled Readings in Planning Theory, which is all about centralized planning. In the book, the two authors spend a lot of time focusing on early planners Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier, and here's their conclusion about the three men: (page 23) "Many people dream of a better world; Howard, Wright, and Le Corbusier each went a step further and planned one." This is what we're up against. If it was really "better", it wouldn't keep failing. "The more the planning fails, the more the planners plan." -...
  • Who is the grandfather of fake news?

    02/06/2017 6:41:47 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 39 replies
    I recently wrote an entry about Walter Lippmann, in which I made the case that his book "Public Opinion" makes him the founding father of fake news. It's important to understand, "fake news" does not end with "journalistic objectivity", fake news begins with "journalistic objectivity". It has to, because if "fake news" doesn't begin with "We are objective, you can trust us" then you'll get lost in the quagmire of thousands of years of people who, while they did report things inaccurately, did not do so because it was their ideological drive. They either lied because they were told to...
  • How progressivism re-bounded after Wilson

    02/05/2017 6:31:09 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    One thing I don't think conservatives truely recognize and appreciate,(and I include myself in that - I always do) is that after the Woodrow Wilson era, how utterly devastated progressive ideology was. They were so annihilated, that a decade later they were forced to re-appropriate the word "liberal" and take it for themselves. In many ways, the 1920's is a "lost decade" for American tyranny aka progressivism. They were completely routed, and after the way Wilson abused regulatory and other powers, the American economy and American life suffered for it. There were no excuses. There was nobody to blame. Progressives...
  • They dream of a high central tower directing and simplifying

    01/29/2017 1:18:12 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    Do you want someone to direct your life? God how I wish someone would come and direct my life. I just don't know what the heck I'm doing! For those who want to be directed, there are others, who call themselves progressives, who dream of directing your life. They dream of a day when you'll stop using the ballot box to vote for leadership, and start using the ballot box to start voting for dictatorship. It's true, they've written it. In his 1922 pamphlet "The Challenge of Waste", Stuart Chase (who would later serve as an adviser for President FDR)...
  • Who is the founding father of fake news? (It isn't Dan Rather)

    01/27/2017 6:54:17 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 58 replies
    There's a lot of talk about "fake news" these days, but lost in the 'here we are' is the 'how did we get here'. Some websites have proclaimed Dan Rather the founder of fake news, others have crowned Brian Williams as such. Understanding fake news is impossible without a full-scale structural analysis of "objective journalism" itself, because "objective journalism" was designed to facilitate fake news. The name to know is Walter Lippmann. Walter Lippmann is generally regarded as the father of modern journalism, and as most of us know, modern journalism is what it is today because of the concept...
  • I think I found the El Dorado of progressivism

    01/13/2017 8:14:54 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 55 replies
    When I got up this morning and sat down at my computer, I started searching. I don't quite know why, but once I got started I had a feeling. This morning, I was going to find something special. And, I did. As someone who is still realizing just how powerful of a weapon against progressivism that the progressives' own history is against them, I have found many useful things. But nothing like this. Arguably the most ardent planner of the New Deal, Rexford Guy Tugwell, gave a speech in 1939 titled "The Fourth Power". This speech is amazing for its...
  • Woodrow Wilson, self described imperialist

    01/05/2017 7:38:22 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    On February 23rd, 1903, Woodrow Wilson said: I am of the class of men who are described as imperialists, and yet I have had such an intense sympathy with the men on the other side who are getting sat upon that I could almost have wished that my opinions were different that I might join their ranks. From The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Volume 14, Page 367. Also, here. See also: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and modern American imperialismProgressives don't want you to know, and many of them don't even know, that when they lament and bemoan "imperialism" they are...
  • How does big government breed lazy, pro-big government journalism?

    01/01/2017 7:24:27 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    I tell you, Lippmann's book Public Opinion is the gift that keeps on giving. This little narrative from his book is incredible, it explains so much in regard to the symbiosis that exists between progressive journalists and their masters at city hall. On page 338, Lippmann describes an important aspect of how journalists "collect news": Newspapers do not try to keep an eye on all mankind. They have watchers stationed at certain places, like Police Headquarters, the Coroner's Office, the County Clerk's Office, City Hall, the White House, the Senate, House of Representatives, and so forth. They watch, or rather...