At a site called progressingamerica. Their tag line is: “Progressives today don’t want to discuss their own history. I want to discuss their history.”
Here’s a great post that could have been written by our own Black3Actual:
For while civil liberties to speak, publish, and assemble may justly be regarded as desirable ends in themselves, they are also the means for non-violent progress.
While I have for almost twenty years been associated with a movement which defends without discrimination the liberties set forth in the Bill of Rights, I cannot escape a personal interpretation of the relation of liberty to economics. Many defenders of civil rights on principle are content to accept them without defining progress. I am not. My frame of reference requires a concept of progress. In general terms, it is the extension of the control of social institutions by progressively larger classes, until human society ultimately abolishes the violence of class conflict. The test of that progress lies in increasing freedom for the enrichment of individual life. Democracy and civil liberty are means to that end. So, too, is the organization of labor.
Wow. Anybody who’s read Rules for Radicals can’t help but observe the inner Alinsky that’s on display here.
In order to understand what’s written here, it’s important to understand the code words used. When progressives talk about “democracy”, they don’t simply mean taking it to the voting booth, and the majority wins. It’s a purely governmental thing. They do to a small degree, to be sure. But what they mean by “democracy” is socialism.
One of my favorite points:
What is progressivism then? I can sum it up in three words:
Progressivism is “Regulation, not socialism”. (Richard Van Hise’s words)
Remember where we have heard Roger Nash Baldwin’s name before?
Then, just as today, the “progressives” were seemingly so enamored with the Marxist approach to economics and society that they simply could not acknowledge the damage that a Marxist state must vest on its people to make it “work”. Roger Nash Baldwin, the founder of the ACLU, was part of a junket of very influential men who travelled to Russia in 1927 to experience the glory of the Marxist revolution. Ninety-five people paid the princely sum of $1,000 to take part and all were associated with liberal causes and ideas. These individuals would come to significantly influence American policy and politicians and along with Baldwin, included people like Stuart Chase, Rexford Tugwell, John Brophy and Paul Howard Douglas.
Perhaps unintentionally ironic, Baldwin wrote this in support of the “successes” that he saw:
Everybody is poor together. There is much discontent, much regulation of life, but not much terrorism or repression except of the old upper classes.
“Progressives” – the name may change but the game remains the same.