What’s in a word?
I know that “Progressive” is supposed to be a euphemism for Liberal, which used to be Socialist, which used to be Communist, which used to be Rousseau-an “naturalism”. I have a real problem with the term “Progressive”, though, as it connotes a cutting-edge, modernistic world view. Sure, Progressives think well of themselves by deluding themselves that they are in the avant-garde of political expression, but…
… the problem is, “Progressivism” is really founded on rather fascist-utopian political ideas that are at least 250 years old (beginning with Rousseau), that found their champion in Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels about 200 years ago, and devolved their particular American voice about 130 years ago. There’s just nothing that is progressive about Progressives. It has all been said. It has all been tried. It has all failed. Nothing new there.
Is there any better label that we can affix to these regressive political retreads?