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  • Don't like the 17th amendment? Blame Theodore Roosevelt

    05/28/2012 11:45:53 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 27 replies
    In a book titled "Progressive Principles", which is a collection of Roosevelt's speeches, (and which Roosevelt himself endorsed, see the preface) Roosevelt made clear his favor for the direct election of senators: (Page 3 - April 3rd, 1912) For this purpose we believe in securing for the people the direct election of United States Senators exactly as the people have already secured in actual practice the direct election of the President. Page 65: (February 21st, 1912) I believe in the election of United States Senators by direct vote. Page 315: (August 17th, 1912 - Bull Moose platform) In particular, the...
  • Isn't planning in itself a form of tyranny?

    05/27/2012 7:51:10 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    Yes. Planning is tyranny. At some point during the closing of World War II, Max Lerner penned an essay titled "To Halt in this Land" in which he asks that very question, and here is how he answers it:(Page 150) The third question may be: "Isn't all this tyrannical? Isn't planning in itself a form of tyranny?" I don't think so. We have been planning our war economy without tyranny. There were many who said before 1941 that if America entered the war against fascism it would itself become fascist in the process, that in a war for freedom we...
  • The Woodrow Wilson school of thought in matters of judicial activism

    05/26/2012 7:51:11 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    In "Constitutional government in the United States", Woodrow Wilson wrote the following: (Page 167) The weightiest import of the matter is seen only when it is remembered that the courts are the instruments of the nation's growth, and that the way in which they serve that use will have much to do with the integrity of every national process. If they determine what powers are to be exercised under the Constitution, they by the same token determine also the adequacy of the Constitution in respect of the needs and interests of the nation; our conscience in matters of law and...
  • You need to know about Brett Kimberlin

    05/25/2012 8:59:53 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 29 replies
    Today is being dubbed "Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day", and I'll certainly join in. The Blaze has a tremendous posting about this story, click here: Michelle Malkin also has a long posting about this, here, as does the Washington Examiner, here. I used to think I'd never live to see days when freedom of speech would come under assault in America, but that changed a few years ago when I learned about the progressives' history and that it's already happened. Now I take things like this very seriously, because history repeats itself.
  • Progressivism: The purpose of colleges it to indoctrinate and manipulate

    05/24/2012 12:51:21 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 13 replies
    The following words are attributed to Woodrow Wilson in 1909: (14th quote down) The purpose of a university should be to make a son as unlike his father as possible. By the time a man has grown old enough to have a son in college he has specialized. The university should generalize the treatment of its undergraduates, should struggle to put them in touch with every force of life. This is important, for several reasons. He's making clear the progressive point of view about universities - they're not really there to educate people with meaningful and substantive information(although, some of...
  • Why do newspapers have a sports section?

    05/23/2012 10:02:44 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 31 replies
    If you thought to yourself "because it brings in revenue" you'd be correct in a modern sense. But that answer is so overly generic as to be potentially meaningless, because it doesn't get to the root of the question. Why newspapers have sports sections is explained in a study done a century ago of newspapers, done by Will Irwin in his "The American Newspaper". Part 1, "The Power of the Press" explains the following: On the other extreme, the yellow journals a few years ago, put some of their best cartoonists and cleverest writers into the sporting department. This created...
  • Study: The power of the press is the power to omit and shape public opinion

    05/21/2012 10:31:04 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 8 replies
    I never cease to be amazed by the things I find by digging around in old progressive-era publications. At one point, they examined themselves and their own newspaper establishments.(All 15 segments) I would be shocked if anything like this were published today, with this level of candor. But 100 years ago the progressives thought they owned America lock, stock, and barrel. The primary author of the study was Will Irwin, who is still remembered to this day for this series of news articles - it's significant enough to have it's own section within Irwin's Wikipedia entry. In reading part 1...
  • The minimum wage and eugenics, 2

    05/16/2012 7:48:03 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    Continuing what I wrote yesterday, Alfred Benedict Wolfe, a professor at Oberlin college, wrote the following: (Page 278) But if you wish to reduce the marriage rate, give young women economic independence, so that they will not be tempted to marry simply to escape long hours of hard work at low pay, which has to be turned into the family coffers. Progressive contempt for the family unit goes back well over a century. Wrapped up in discussions of eugenics and the minimum wage is this. He's only speaking theoretically, but these people have known for a long time that the...
  • The minimum wage and eugenics

    05/14/2012 8:28:30 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    I've seen plenty written about how minimum wage laws were a tool of progressives and believers in eugenics 100 years ago, but far too often we are left hanging without direct quotes. Written by Henry R Seager in 1913, "The Minimum Wage as Part of a Program for Social Reform" will have a certain familiarity, if you have read up on eugenics in America. It starts on page 3, ends on page 12. For those who may not be aware of it, Seager is who wrote the book that laid the groundwork for social security. Cute, eh? Here's what he...
  • What should we do with the unemployable? Kill them. Obviously.

    05/13/2012 10:53:28 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 24 replies
    On page 300 of the book Fundamentals of Economics, Volume 2, Frank William Taussig writes the following : A more fundamental question, yet still not one of an essentially novel sort, would be, how to deal with the unemployable. There would unfailingly be a certain number not capable of earning the minimum, - the aged, feeble, maimed, the dissolute or half dissolute. It would be impossible to compel employers to pay the minimum to those whose services were not worth it. But it is a fair question whether it is not a merit in the proposal, rather than a defect,...
  • What if Communism really hasn't been tried? Marx did outline very specific conditions

    05/12/2012 8:09:38 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 44 replies
    I recently posted the article from the Founder of Fabian Socialism in America titled Where Socialism Was Tried and I got to thinking, what about Communism? Well, here's what he's written: In broad outlines Asiatic, ancient, feudal, and modern bourgeois modes of production can be designated as progressive epochs in the economic formation of society. The bourgeois relations of production are the last antagonistic form of the social process of production — antagonistic not in the sense of individual antagonisms, but of one arising from the social conditions of life of the individuals; at the same time the productive forces...
  • Journalists, Muckrakers, and the CPI: Right from the beginning they failed us

    05/11/2012 9:44:10 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    Journalism has a very long history of betraying the constitution and the United States of America. You can see just how traitorous this group of people have been by tracking down members of America's first domestic propaganda mill, the Committee on Public Information. The CPI was around during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. Most of these are in no particular order, also, some were life long journalists, others only spent part of their time as journalists before(or after) doing other things. When Wilson created the CPI, George Creel, a journalist is who he tapped to lead the organization. Creel states...
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and modern American imperialism

    05/10/2012 9:53:27 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    One thing I find to be very ironic is how modern progressives will decry evil "American imperialism", yet even a cursory view of the history of the 20th century progressive era will expose the obvious: Progressives own it. It is progressives who own modern American imperialism. They're upset about what it is that their own forefathers began! On page 18 of the book "Public Opinion", Walter Lippmann quotes Senator McCormick stating the following: Mr. Knox, interested in the question, forgets that he asked for an inquiry, and replies. If American marines had been killed, it would be war. The mood...
  • What is Economic Justice?

    05/09/2012 7:03:47 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 31 replies
    It's been a long time since I went in-depth into the book Philip Dru: Administrator. While most people concern themselves with hacking away at the tree, I find it instructive to look at the root. Here's what it says in the last two chapters at the end of chapter 5:(unnumbered pages) If the powerful use their strength merely to further their own selfish desires, in what way save in degree do they differ from the lower animals of creation? And how can man under such a moral code justify his dominion over land and sea? "Until recently this question has...
  • Where Socialism Was Tried

    05/08/2012 9:31:26 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    The Outlook ^ | November 11th, 1905 | W. D. P. Bliss
  • How the media, hollywood, academia, and Woodrow Wilson helped the second rise of the KKK

    05/07/2012 7:15:18 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 16 replies
    I was recently contacted with regard to the membership of Woodrow Wilson in the Klan. If he was a member, I'm certainly not hitting the right key word search, or it just isn't true. And there's a lot of books out there that go over Wilson's lauding of 'The Birth of a Nation'(The Clansman). But setting out to find something almost always leads me to something else. For ease of reference, Wikipedia states that the second KKK existed between 1915–1944. The Birth of a Nation was released in 1915. Wilson screened it in the Whitehouse, and his view of it...
  • Need help with reference search

    05/06/2012 12:09:36 PM PDT · by GunsAndBibles · 12 replies
    vanity | 5/6/2012 | gunsandbibles
    When I was reading F.A. Hayek "The Road to Serfdom," I remember being astonished that Hayek reported that in Britain during the 1930's, workers were consigned to their jobs by the British government, and failure to comply would result in prison time.I no longer have book and I would like to find sources to confirm this history.I did a search for "Socialist Britain" and found no mention of this.Any help would be appreciated
  • James Madison explains the uniqueness of the American Revolution

    05/06/2012 9:17:57 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    In "Charters", James Madison wrote the following: In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example and France has followed it, of charters of power granted by liberty. This is what makes modern revolutionaries so backward. They are stuck on stupid in old-think - that is, that power grants liberty. If only government could get bigger, we could grant the rights to _________________ for whatever special interest group they have in mind at the moment. Like the "right" to healthcare. In the comment "America has set the example", he makes it clear that it's...
  • Segregation is not humiliating. It's a benefit!

    05/03/2012 10:38:13 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    Historymatters has a portion of an exchange online between President Woodrow Wilson and Monroe Trotter. President Woodrow Wilson: The white people of the country, as well as I, wish to see the colored people progress, and admire the progress they have already made, and want to see them continue along independent lines. There is, however, a great prejudice against colored people.... It will take one hundred years to eradicate this prejudice, and we must deal with it as practical men. Segregation is not humiliating, but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen. If your organization goes...

    05/02/2012 8:04:09 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    In 2009 the NEA was promoting the works of Saul Alinsky, where they made it a point to highlight Alinsky's formula: "Agitate + Aggravate + Educate + Organize." From The History of the Fabian society: (Page 29) However, as I have said, in 1885 our differences [from other Socialists] were latent or instinctive; and we denounced the capitalists as thieves at the Industrial Remuneration Conference, and, among ourselves, talked revolution, anarchism, labour notes versus pass-books, and all the rest of it, on the tacit assumption that the object of our campaign, with its watchwords, 'EDUCATE, AGITATE, ORGANIZE,' was to bring...