Dan Martin

It's a matter of semantics, but there is something in a name.

Here is my case.

Progressivism at one time was a definite strain of political thought characterized by the belief that getting the "right" things done (progress) was more important than protecting the guard rails of enlightenment institutions. Whereas liberalism, at least historically, though it also seeks progress and the flourishing of humanity, believes that the best way to do that is to maintain those institutions.

Very simplistic argument, I realize.

Progressivism also has some pretty sordid history, including flirtations with racism and Fascism. Our first Progressive president, Woodrow Wilson, was an avowed racist (he screened Birth of a Nation at the White House), and was not exactly a friend of civil liberty. https://mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/1239/sedition-act-of-1918.

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Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Retired. I know too little and think too much. Interested in theology, sanity in politics, science, and whatever shiny toy catches my eye at the moment.