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The Progressive Movement

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

The Progressive Movement

The Progressive Movement began late in the 19th Century. Its Central Tenets are Statism, Income Redistribution, Unionism, Government Management of the Economy, womb to tomb provision for its citizens, and a Libertine Social Policy.

To accomplish these aims, The Progressive Movement believes in State Ownership of Businesses—instead of Entrepreneurial Free Enterprise; Central Planning by the Government of the supply of goods and services, including fixing prices of wages, and of goods and services—instead of Free Market Capitalism; That all Citizens should have equal wealth except for the Elite Rulers; And that Sovereignty does not belong to Individual Citizens—but that the People only exist for the benefit of the National State.

Various large parts of this Ideology are identical to Socialism and Fascism, including the ideas that the use of courts, bureaucracies—even the police and military—should be used to accomplish goals that would never be approved by a Democracy or a Republic (such as The United States of America under its current Constitution).

H. G. WELLS

H. G. WELLS

The Father of the Progressive Movement

The Father of The Progressive Movement was H.G. Wells, the noted science fiction author. Wells was a devotee of Darwinism and part of his mission was to reassign human beings from the spiritual to the natural world. The best way to get to know the Father of the Progressive Movement is to read his own quotes:

"People of quality must be ascendant not democracy;"

"Base and servile types are little more than a leaping, glittering confusion of shoaling mackerel on a sunlit afternoon."

"The State that most resolutely picks over, educates, sterilizes or poisons its People of the Abyss will be most successful. Death would merely end the bitterness of their failure. It should be their lot to die out and disappear . . . since they are born of unrestrained lusts . . . and multiplying through sheer incontinence and stupidity."

"Idiots, drunkards, criminals, lunatics, invalids, and the diseased would spoil the world for others."

Wells believed we should prevent people below a certain intelligence and income from reproducing. At the least they should isolated for their failures on a island. "Remove the unfit so we have no need for jails or prisons."

He wanted to abolish democracy because the "common uneducated man is a violent fool in social and political affairs." What was required was a "great central organization that would dictate what would be done here, there and everywhere . . . imposing its will upon a recalcitrant race."

He called his own political philosophy "Liberal Fascism." Wells said of Joseph Stalin "I have never met a man more candid, fair and honest." Wells was a big booster of eugenics, which is based solidly on Darwinism, of course—that unfortunately found its full flower in Nazi Germany with mass extermination.

JOHN DEWEY

JOHN DEWEY

Progressive Education

John Dewey was the most influential reformer of the public education system in the United States in the 20th Century.  As a major player in The Progressive Movement, he completely rejected belief in God.  If you ever wonder why high school graduates can't read, can't make change, and do not believe in objective truth, look no further. 

CHAIRMAN MAO

CHAIRMAN MAO

Moral Relativism

Progressives are Moral Relativists, meaning, that concrete right and wrong do not exist; that nothing substantive can be said about morality. This can lead to obvious problems since Hitler, Stalin and Mao all thought the rampant murder of millions of people was perfectly moral—providing it served the interests of the National State.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

Another member of The Progressive Movement was Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. It was Judge Holmes who made the Philosophy of Legal Positivism—that there is no connection between the law and ethics or morality; that the truth is whatever gives people satisfaction—popular in the legal profession. This school of thought dominated our courts in the latter 20th Century with the unfortunate effect of leading to a collapse of our once common moral language.

Judge Holmes famously said, as he ordered the forced sterilization of a woman, "It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind . . . three generations of imbeciles are enough."

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MARGARET SANGER WITH ADOLPH HITLER

MARGARET SANGER WITH ADOLPH HITLER

Planned Parenthood

Another prominent Progressive was the Founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. Here a few of her words from her books or speeches:

"The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."

Regarding blacks, immigrants and indigents she said this, "Human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning . . . human beings who never should have been born."

Concerning the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities: "More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control."