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Progressive Puritans
Reason Magazine, by Matt Welch

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/15/2014 5:42:20 AM

When I first started hearing people on the political left describe themselves with some frequency as progressive back in the 1990s, the term did not seem tethered to the epoch-defining, early-20th-century spasm of moral crusading and government centralization that helped give us everything from trust busting to Prohibition to the Federal Reserve. As articulated by champions like Ralph Nader and Molly Ivins, the progressive label was both a way to get out from under the generation-old baggage of liberal-a term Ronald Reagan and others had turned into an epithet-and to differentiate lefties from seemingly apologetic triangulators like Bill Clinton and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 4/15/2014 6:45:45 AM     (No. 9811085)

Good article, but welch goes an awful long way to tell us that today´s "Progressives" are little more than infantile contrarians with absolutely no understanding of history.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jinx, 4/15/2014 7:26:35 AM     (No. 9811128)

Progressive is just a cover for Communist.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer, 4/15/2014 8:08:27 AM     (No. 9811180)

Since "progressive" has become newspeak for "communist", and they want to imprison all of us in their leftist-utopian fantasy, maybe a good NEW name for them would be Forwardens.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: krause, 4/15/2014 8:59:22 AM     (No. 9811241)

Progressives = Regressives

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 4/15/2014 9:00:32 AM     (No. 9811243)

I think the last line sums up progressives to a T:

"The skill and dedication of our puritan progressives should not be underestimated. If you can take the fun out of Caddyshack, you can take the fun out of anything."

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