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  • Open discussion: Was the Republican Party communist for a 30 year period?

    05/05/2016 9:24:34 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 27 replies
    I'm seeking input here. In preparing for another blog posting, I am once again contrasting Progressivism with Communism as competing ideologies. But every time I do this, I get a barrage of messages about how Progressivism is not different than Communism, and that I should treat them exactly the same. But if I do this, I need to know where the rest of you stand. Many of the Republicans in the early 20th century, including but not limited to Jane Addams, Learned Hand, Felix Frankfurter, Hiram Johnson, Albert J. Beveridge, Boies Penrose, Alf Landon, Frank Knox, Hamilton Fish, Gifford Pinchot,...
  • Jefferson's Qu'ran, Glenn Beck, and John Adams - an update

    04/07/2016 2:37:59 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    Recently I wrote about Jefferson's Koran, primarily focusing in on the Koran written in 1647 by Sieur du Ryer. Problem is, that wasn't Jefferson's Koran. Had I taken the time to look into Keith Ellison, I probably would've figured that out by lifting all the rocks to see what was underneath them. Since I have absolutely no interest in Ellison, certain questions went unanswered. They now get answered. At least, to the best of my ability. First, let's clear up what I mistakenly wrote at the time. Jefferson did not own Sieur du Ryer's Koran. Jefferson owned George Sale's translation.(which...
  • Senator Sherman Takes Aim at the Supposed Radicalism of Administration

    04/02/2016 2:40:24 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    Senator Sherman Takes Aim at the Supposed Radicalism of Administration(Note: Full Headline Title is not entirely visible) The Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 26, 1918Incidentally He Says Taking Over Industries Was Political, Not Governmental Control, But Concludes With Hidden Plea to Leave Packers Unmolested to Combine Activities and Profits. THE LEADER'S WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - Poor old Senator Sherman of Illinois has broken out again in an attack on the supposedly liberal elements in the Wilson administration. Sherman has in the past year given a good deal of his attention to these...
  • Theodore Roosevelt to Sir George Otto Trevelyan, June 19, 1908

    03/25/2016 12:50:59 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 22 replies
    Theodore Roosevelt to Sir George Otto Trevelyan, June 19, 1908 There is very much to be said in favor of the theory that the public has a right to demand as long service from any man who is doing good service as it thinks will be useful; and during the last year or two I have been rendered extremely uncomfortable both by the exultation of my foes over my announced intention to retire, and by the real uneasiness and chagrin felt by many good men because, as they believed, they were losing quite needlessly the leader in whom they trusted,...
  • Thomas Jefferson's Qu'ran: Where Glenn Beck is right, and where he is wrong

    03/23/2016 8:58:48 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 19 replies
    For a very long time, Beck has been out there saying that "In Jefferson's Koran", there is contained the following warning: (Saying for a long time now) Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible If you, like I did, try Googling that quote you'll find a lot of things - but nothing that goes directly to Jefferson's Koran. Now some of you may be content with seeing a bit of information that's contained on a...
  • No, Mr. Roosevelt. What you did was establish American tyranny

    03/22/2016 7:12:03 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 17 replies
    The progressingamerica project exists primarily, for more than any other reason, to show just how dangerous progressivism is. The progressives own history is one of the best weapons we have against these people. Read this, this is Obama. He could have very well said this in our time. Now, my ambition is that, in however small a way, the work I do shall be along the Washington and Lincoln lines. While President I have been President, emphatically; I have used every ounce of power there was in the office and I have not cared a rap for the criticisms of...
  • Prediction: Progressives will link artificial intelligence to their wolf cries of racism and bigotry

    03/19/2016 8:15:14 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    How many slaves do you own? Most Americans own between 5-7 slaves. I'd bet you own upwards of 20 slaves. Here are the slaves you most likely already own: I know I'll be called crazy for this. I don't care. Who would have thought 30 years ago that homosexual marriage would be a reality? Now look where we are. Do you really expect that the Supreme Court would side with reality on this? When does the court ever side with reality? Watch this video: Sophia the RobotWhen the robot said the word "yet", it hit me. "But I'm not considered...
  • The Barnhill-Tichenor debate on socialism

    "Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty." - John Basil Barnhill Barnhill-Tichenor debate on SocialismI thought some of you might be interested in reading this debate as it was originally printed in 1912. The Barnhill Tichenor debate is a series of essays, that is still quite relevant today. This comes out of the Anti-Socialist, volume 1.
  • William Randolph Hearst: Was he a conservative, a socialist, or a progressive?

    03/06/2016 11:56:12 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 15 replies
    A lot of effort has gone into making Hearst into a conservative, by progressives; this including some non-progressives who can't for the life of themselves develop a sense of curiousity every once in a while. See this, this, this, this, this, and this. I cannot describe how aggravated it makes me when people who should know better, fully accept the premise without ever bothering to ask if the premise has glaring flaws, even when the premise itself was built from the ground up by progressives! First, let's take a moment to examine how it could be from the outset that...
  • Hearst leaves the socialists

    03/05/2016 6:37:04 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    PGA Weblog
    On September 26th, 1907, the National Tribune reported the following: (see the sixth column, very top of the page) HEARST LEAVES THE SOCIALISTS A commotion has been created by Mr. Hearst's Labor Day speech at Jamestown when he declared his lack of patience with class agititors and his belief that there was no reason for hostility between employer and employee. He said that the captains of industry were just as essential as Generals of the army and should receive corresponding recognition. "The working man is worthy of his hire the business man of his profit The man who digs the...
  • New audiobook release: The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution, by William Cooper Nell

    02/20/2016 9:06:48 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 16 replies
    Librivox ^ | February 18th, 2016
    One thing progressives are very, very good at is omitting facts that they find to be too difficult to deal with. So it goes for all of the black heroes who fought alongside our Founding Fathers during the American Revolution. The progressives continual racial narrative is what it is. I first learned of this book through Founders Fridays, because of the work of David Barton. After I read about 5 or 10 pages, I knew it needed to be made into an audiobook so that more people could consume it. Progressives have controlled the universities, have controlled history; for over...
  • Henry George and the Beginnings of Revolutionary Socialism in the United States

    02/05/2016 2:56:40 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 15 replies
    1884 | Richard T. Ely
    Henry George And The Beginnings Of Revolutionary Socialism In The United States.Part two of "Recent American Socialism", by Richard Theodore Ely Henry George's work, "Progress and Poverty," was published in 1879. In 1885, not six years later, it is possible to affirm without hesitation that the appearance of that one book formed a noteworthy epoch in the history of economic thought both in England and America. It is not simply that the treatise itself was an eloquent, impassioned plea for the confiscation of rent for the public good as a means of abolishing economic social evils, but rather that the...
  • Where did the "Initiative, Referendum, and Recall" movement begin?

    01/09/2016 3:21:41 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    One of the most visible and well known efforts of the early 20th century progressive movement was the movement bearing these three words: Initiative, Referendum, and Recall. Where does that come from? Those five words are the death-knell of progressivism. "Where does that come from?", whatever "that" happens to be in the context of progressivism. Most of our past history lessons that address the topic(as much as we remember them) tell us that the Initiative, Referendum, and Recall were born from the progressive movement. Wikipedia's page on the topic carries that same message, since only "reliable sources" can be used...
  • Would progressives freak out if insurance companies claimed that policies were living documents?

    01/05/2016 1:08:38 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 24 replies
    Full title: Would progressive ideologues freak out if an insurance company claimed that policies were living and breathing documents? At the time I signed my policy. That's the deal. But what if the insurance company had a panel of nine experts wearing black robes that actually said that the policy was a little different than that, just because I signed my policy 5 years ago? Hey, things have changed. We need to evolve with the times. All that insurance providers ask or desire is permission - in an era when "development," "evolution," is the scientific word - to interpret this...
  • Theosophy and Nationalism

    01/03/2016 8:24:59 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    In "The Key to Theosophy: Being a Clear Exposition, in the Form of Question and Answer, of the Ethics, Science, and Philosophy for the Study of which the Theosophical Society Has Been Founded", Helena Petrovna Blavatsky wrote the following: (page 44) The organization of Society, depicted by Edward Bellamy, in his magnificent work "Looking Backwards," admirably represents the Theosophical idea of what should be the first great step towards the full realization of universal brotherhood. The state of things he depicts falls short of perfection, because selfishness still exists and operates in the hearts of men. But in the main,...
  • How progressivism and journalism created the hated soundbite

    12/23/2015 8:17:10 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 3 replies
    In today's media world, sound bites are everywhere. Tiny little slogans that omit so much fact as to make them virtually useless. But where did these come from? Who created the soundbite? When was it invented? As is so common, most of the problems we have today are rooted in progressivism, from 100 year ago. The soundbite is no different. George Creel, the chairman of the Committee on Public Information, wrote the following: "Nothing is more true than that people do not live by bread alone; catch-phrases constitute a staple article of diet, especially in a democracy" - George Creel,...
  • General Suggestions to Speakers, 4 Minute Men

    12/19/2015 8:44:24 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    Bulletin No. 1 - 4 Minute Men - General Suggestions to SpeakersMay 22, 1917 The speech must not be longer than four minutes, which means there is no time for a single wasted word. Speakers should go over their speech time and time again until the ideas are firmly fixed in their mind and can not be forgotten. This does not mean that the speech needs to be written out and committed, although most speakers, especially when limited in time, do best to commit. Divide your speech carefully into certain divisions, say 15 seconds for final appeal; 45 seconds to...
  • Progressivism and propaganda - the game of Monopoly

    12/18/2015 10:45:04 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    Long before progressives used video games as a vehicle for their embedded message, Long before progressives used TV shows as a vehicle for their embedded message, Long before progressives used hollywood as a vehicle for their embedded message, There was Monopoly. More specifically, the original name of Monopoly was The Landlord's Game. To be fair to the Parker Brothers, they did(probably) do some watering down of the original agenda. But much of the original framework remains. Have you ever asked yourself why there are railroads on the board? That's a remnant of the war on trusts; the war on the...
  • The Landlord's Game

    12/18/2015 9:54:42 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 1 replies
    Land and Freedom: An International Record of Single Tax Progress, Volume 2 | 1904 | Lizzie J. Magie
    THE LANDLORDS' GAME-AN INTERESTING INVENTION OF A YOUNG LADY IN WASHINGTON BY WHICH CHILDREN AT THEIR PLAY MAY BE TAUGHT THE TRUE LAWS OF ECONOMICS. Miss Lizzie J. Magie, a single taxer of Washington, D. C., has invented an ingenious game, played with checkers and dice as is parcheesi, and thus describes it for the REVIEW : "It is a practical demonstration of the present system of land-grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences," says Miss Magie. "It might well have been called the 'Game of Life,' as it contains all the elements of success and failure in the...
  • How poisonous Christianity can be identified - Collectivism and the Social Gospel

    12/17/2015 11:11:32 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    The collapse of the Marxist-inspired governments of Europe was for this theology of redeeming political practice a kind of twilight of the gods: precisely there where the Marxist ideology of liberation had been consistently applied, a total lack of freedom had developed, whose horrors were now laid bare before the eyes of the entire world. Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic. - Pope Benedict XVI, Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions, page 116 Pope Benedict warned us that...
  • Thoughts on Ebony's 1969 exposé of white slavery

    12/12/2015 8:09:47 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    In November, 1969, Ebony magazine published an article titled "White Servitude in America". You can read that article by clicking here. The thing that strikes me the most about this article is that at no time are the Founding Fathers cast as racist. Now the obvious response to this is that the article is about white servitude, how could such a casting possibly take place - but there's more than that. On the last page of this article(page 40), the second-last paragraph opens with this following line: American history and American historians have not been kind to the memory of...
  • Blame Woodrow Wilson for Americans' Lack of Historical Literacy

    12/01/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | December 1st, 2015 | Williamson M. Evers
    When we think of President Woodrow Wilson, we think of a multitude of historical events: the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank and other progressive legislation at home; idealistic internationalism, a world war to "keep the world safe for democracy," and promotion of the League of Nations abroad. Lately, we think of the Princeton University students protesting against him. In mid-November, they were agitating for the former university president's name to be removed from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs over his legacy of white supremacy. But there's another reason conservatives should revisit Woodrow Wilson. We need...
  • Awesome Journalism

    11/30/2015 1:02:35 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    "Nothing is more true than that people do not live by bread alone; catch-phrases constitute a staple article of diet, especially in a democracy" - George Creel, Chairman of the Committee Public Information The myth of journalism is no match for the reality of what these people truely think of us - how they look down upon all of us.
  • Woodrow Wilson, Progressive Bogeyman

    11/20/2015 3:36:07 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | November 20th, 2015 | John Fund
    The racially charged protests that have roiled 23 universities from Yale to the University of Missouri in recent weeks reached Princeton on Wednesday. Members of the Black Justice League left their classes and occupied historic Nassau Hall, which houses the Princeton administration's offices. They demanded that officials acknowledge the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson - who was president of Princeton before becoming president of the United States and expunge his name from anything named after him. They further demanded "cultural competency training" for anyone teaching at Princeton, courses on the "history of marginalized people," and a designated public space for...
  • True Socialist Methods - Reform Movements Fail

    10/30/2015 6:39:51 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    One of the most fascinating things, I think, about the history of progressivism, is the convincing of Revolutionaries that rejecting the revolution and accepting Evolutionary Socialism is the better way forward. Tied in with this, is the timeline of when it all occurred. In 1910, in "A Talk with the Richest Socialist in America", the following was a part of the discussion: True Socialist Methods "What," I asked, "would be true Socialist methods?" The millionaire who would abolish all those methods by which most millionaires have been created in this country opened his big eyes (which had for a long...
  • The Menace of Individual Liberty

    10/17/2015 6:21:10 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 6 replies
    In "The American Conception of Liberty and Government", Frank Johnson Goodnow wrote the following: (page 21) The political philosophy of the eighteenth century was formulated before the announcement and acceptance of the theory of evolutionary development. The natural rights doctrine presupposed almost that society was static or stationary rather than dynamic or progressive in character, it was generally believed at the end of the eighteenth century that there was a social state which under all conditions and at all times would be absolutely ideal. The rights which man had were believed to come from his Creator. These rights consequently were...
  • James Madison's argument against wealth redistribution

    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
    Archive.org ^ | 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
    Archive.org ^ | 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
    Archive.org ^ | 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
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    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
    Archive.org ^ | 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:...