1/12/11

Roots of Progressivism REVEALED!


William James - Pragmatism


If you have been a good student of Progressivism, you will recall that the Fabian Society believed in the gradual progress of socialism ... thus the term "Progressive".

To insert collectivism into a U.S. culture and legal system defined by its opposite was no small task. Progressive icons like John Dewey and William James developed a new intellectual foundation, based upon new theories of human existence. This surge of social theory became the underpinning for socialism in academia - a bulwark of the Progressive movement and husband to another key constituency - the intelligentsia.

Pragmatism has ably served Progressives as justification for disregarding inconvenient legal limits on government intrusion into the non-government sphere. This is how Progressives get around the founding fathers' roadblocks to the undoing of liberty - without having to amend the Constitution.

At the start of Our Progressive Century, pragmatism motivated intellectual leaders like Woodrow Wilson to inject the authority of the state into nearly every aspect of civic life. Thus, pragmatism helped undermine the bedrock constitutional doctrine of delegated, and thus limited, government powers.

(by Harry Meanwell, from 'Our Progressive Century (7)' at Good Intentions blog)

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