Regressive Progressivism

Progressivism, or liberalism, ironically has a habit of turning back the clock.

Liberalism used to be satisfied to take the political context back to the heyday of speaking truth to power, the 1960’s.  But then I see liberal friends applying the economic and political issues of the 1910’s, no matter how ill-fitting, at the mention of Walmart,  Monsanto or Big Oil, the latest versions of the monocled robber baron.

Now “progressivism” wants us to enjoy the politics of the Middle Ages.

Yesterday it turned the clock back before the U.S.Constitution, before the Declaration of Independence…before Magna Carta.

In the year 1215, Magna Carta established that no one, including the king, is above the law. Our founding documents derive many fundamental principles from that foundation, and some implications are that all men are created equal and that all persons deserve equal rights and protections from lawful governments.

People with enough political power are now above the law officially, for the first time since 1215. So goes equal rights and protections, intrinsic value, and lawful government.

 

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2 thoughts on “Regressive Progressivism

  1. Salvageable

    Good point about the Magna Carta! In the college history class I teach, I put a spectrum across the dryboard: radical–liberal–moderate–conservative–reactionary. I then define each term, showing how conservatives want to keep things the way they are (If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.) and how liberals want to change things because they think things can be better. As a result, new ideas that work are liberal to one generation and conservative to another. Limited government, human rights, freedom of speech and of the press–all were liberal ideas 240 years ago. Now, they are conservative ideas, and the liberals that want to get rid of them think they have something new to offer. J.

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    1. madblog Post author

      Thank you! Magna Carta was the first thing I thought of when I heard Hillary was above the law. Carefully and intentionally explained to us law-abiding peons.
      Sounds like you teach an engaging class!

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