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Progressivism-Know Thine Enemy

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 3, 2016

Progressivism stands for the proposition that freedom , liberty, voluntary cooperation, and the free market are not enough. To best improve life, the state must intervene with men and women carrying guns and willing to use them against resistance and break up those voluntary relations and impose its will by brute force to achieve different and presumably better results. At the bottom of progressivism is a quasi-religious belief in state action (force) over individual choice.

This is the definition of Progressivism as defined in James Ostrowski’s book on the greatest threat to liberty this country has seen. Progressivism -A Primer on the Idea Destroying America.

Ostrowski defines and describes Progressvisim, its failures and how neoconservatives have grown to employ its precepts.

“Progressivism -A Primer on the Idea Destroying America” is a great starting point for anyone new to and wanting to learn about Progressive philosophy.

The first progressive is acknowledged to be Abraham Lincoln. The first president to get the movement going was Teddy Roosevelt who handed the torch to Woodrow Wilson and cousin Franklin. LBJ outdid all but Wilson. Railroad lawyers catering to moguls, warmongers, government central planners, racists all. Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II and Obama joyfully accepted the baton.

Examples whose genesis you may not have realized:

Gun control and early twentieth century minimum wage laws were meant to keep blacks and low wage tolerant immigrant laborers down and out. Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger was a eugenicist to whom abortion was a way to control the population of undesirables (today’s physically and mentally challenged). Invasion of numerous foreign countries, overthrow of elected presidents and installation brutal dictators (mostly via CIA) all for our their own good. So on and so forth along the lines of the above definition.

I Found a passage that relates well to our current condition and to progressive fallout:

It should be noted that wherever one finds turbulence and war around the globe today, the cause is usually the same: strangers in distant capitals dictating to others they do not know, who live far, far away, how they shall live.

Do yourself a favor and get to know your enemy.

Rents and Race by William Anderson and David Kiriazis is excellent and offers additional insight.  http://www.independent.org/publications/tir/article.asp?a=947

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