“The mores can make anything right and prevent condemnation of anything.”

— William Graham Sumner

Progressivism is a political attitude favoring or advocating changes or reform through governmental action. Progressivism is often viewed in opposition to conservative or reactionary ideologies. The movement grew out of the ‘Social Gospel‘ of American pietist millenarianism in the 1820s.

The Progressive Movement began in cities with settlement workers and reformers who were interested in helping those facing harsh conditions at home and at work. The reformers spoke out about the need for laws regulating tenement housing and child labor. They also called for better working conditions for women.

In the United States, the term progressivism emerged in the late 19th century into the 20th century in reference to a more general response to the vast changes brought by industrialization: an alternative to both the traditional conservative response to social and economic issues and to the various more radical streams of socialism and anarchism which opposed them.

Political parties, such as the Progressive Party, organized at the start of the 20th century, and progressivism made great strides under American presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Despite being associated with left-wing politics in the United States and Canada, the term “progressive” has occasionally been used by groups not particularly left-wing.

The Progressive Democrats in the Republic of Ireland took the name “progressivism” despite being considered centre-right or classical liberal. The European Progressive Democrats was a mainly heterogeneous political group in the European Union. For most of the period from 1942–2003, the largest conservative party in Canada was the Progressive Conservative Party.

In the United States there have been several periods where progressive political parties have developed. The first of these was around the turn of the 20th century. This period notably included the emergence of the Progressive Party, founded in 1912 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

This progressive party was the most successful third party in modern American history. The Progressive Party founded in 1924 and the Progressive Party founded in 1948 were less successful than the 1912 version. There are also two notable state progressive parties: the Wisconsin Progressive Party and the Vermont Progressive Party. The latter is still in operation and currently has several high ranking positions in state government.

Some think-tanks such as the CEE Council have argued that early 20th century progressive US academics such as Reverend James Augustin Brown Scherer and Rabbi Judah Magnes were contrarian thinkers who foresaw the eventual decline of European colonialism in the Middle-East and Asia and the correlated rise of America- notably through the development of US institutions of higher learning abroad.

Today, most progressive politicians in the United States associate with the Democratic Party or the Green Party of the United States. In the US Congress there exists the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is often in opposition to the more conservative Democrats, who form the Blue Dogs caucus.

Some of the more notable progressive members of Congress have included Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold, Dennis Kucinich, Barney Frank, Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, John Conyers, John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Paul Wellstone.

Source:  Wiki

“Tea Party” Is Seen Less Negatively As a Political Label

Rasmussen Reports

Voters see “Tea Party” a bit less negatively as a political label these days, while “liberal” and “progressive” have lost ground even among Democrats

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that “conservative” is still the most favored description. Forty-two percent (42%) of Likely U.S. Voters say they view it as a positive if a candidate is described as politically conservative. Twenty-one percent (21%) say it’s a negative description, and 36% rate it somewhere in between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Conservative, in fact, is the only political label other than “moderate” that is a net plus for a candidate.

Calling someone a Tea Party candidate is seen positively by 31%, unchanged from September, but negatively by 32%. Thirty-three percent (33%) put it somewhere in between. In September, 38% viewed Tea Party as a negative.

Being described as a progressive, on the other hand, is a positive for 22% of voters and a negative for 34%, with 41% seeing it in between. But in the previous survey, voters were evenly divided, with 29% saying progressive was a positive description and 28% describing it as a negative. This marks a continuing downward trend for progressive which little over three years ago was slightly more popular than conservative.

Most Progressive Cities in the US

State/Province
UTNE Progressive City
% voted Green in 2000
%Voted Democratic in 2000
Alabama Birmingham
1
41.6
Alaska Homer
10
27.7
Arizona Bisbee
3
44.7
Arkansas Fayetteville
1
45.9
California Arcata
4
53.5
Colorado Boulder
5
42.4
Connecticut New Haven
4
55.5
Delaware Newark
3
55
Florida Tampa
2
48.8
Georgia Athens
.5
43
Hawaii Kamuela
6
55.8
Idaho Boise
2
27.6
Illinois Bloomington
2
54.6
Indiana Bloomington
.8
41
Iowa Iowa City
2
48.5
Kansas Lawrence
3
37.2
Kentucky Berea
2
41.4
Louisiana Lafayette
1
44.9
Maine Portland
6
49.1
Maryland Takoma Park
3
56.6
Massachusetts Northampton
6
59.8
Michigan Ann Arbor
2
51.3
Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul
5
47.9
Mississippi Oxford
.8
40.7
Missouri Columbia
2
47.1
Montana Missoula
6
33.4
Nebraska Lincoln
4
33.3
Nevada Carson City
2
46
New Hampshire Portsmouth
4
46.8
New Jersey Trenton
3
56.1
New Mexico Santa Fe
4
47.9
New York Ithaca
4
60.2
North Carolina Durham
*
43.2
North Dakota Fargo
3
33
Ohio Athens
3
46.5
Oklahoma Norman
*
38.4
Oregon Portland
5
47
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
2
50.6
Rhode Island Providence
6
61
South Carolina Charleston
1
40.9
South Dakota Sioux Falls
*
37.6
Tennessee Chattanooga
1
47.3
Texas Austin
2
38
Utah Salt Lake City
5
26.3
Vermont Burlington
7
50.6
Virginia Arlington
2
44.4
Washington Seattle
4
50.2
West Virginia Morgantown
2
45.6
Wisconsin Madison
4
47.8
Wyoming Laramie
2
27.7

Since human relationships are among the most important things in life, and since it greatly increases the quality of life to be able to share one’s life with others who share one’s values, we suggest that Progressives join communities where they can meet other Progressives.

Moreover, there is political strength in numbers: a large number of Progressives in any given community free it up to make enormous strides. Progressive communities make it possible for Progressive politicians to gain experience. And supersuccessful progressive cities like Boulder, Colorado and Burlington, Vermont and Toronto, Canada make the case for Progressivism far more strikingly and conclusively than a thousand political discussions.

Source:  Progressive Living Org

Cultural Progressivism

The foundation of the progressive tendency was rooted in the uniquely American philosophy of pragmatism, which was primarily developed by John Dewey and William James.

Equally significant to progressive-era reform were the crusading journalists, known as muckrakers. These journalists publicized, to middle class readers, economic privilege, political corruption, and social injustice. Their articles appeared in McClure’s Magazine and other reform periodicals.

Some muckrakers focused on corporate abuses. Ida Tarbell, for instance, exposed the activities of the Standard Oil Company. In The Shame of the Cities (1904), Lincoln Steffens dissected corruption in city government. In Following the Color Line (1908), Ray Stannard Baker criticized race relations. Other muckrakers assailed the Senate, railroad companies, insurance companies, and fraud in patent medicine.

Novelists, too, criticized corporate injustices. Theodore Dreiser drew harsh portraits of a type of ruthless businessman in The Financier (1912) and The Titan (1914). In The Jungle (1906), Socialist Upton Sinclair repelled readers with descriptions of Chicago’s meatpacking plants, and his work led to support for remedial food safety legislation.

Leading intellectuals also shaped the progressive mentality. In Dynamic Sociology (1883) Lester Frank Ward laid out the philosophical foundations of the Progressive movement and attacked the laissez-faire policies advocated by Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner. In The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), Thorstein Veblen attacked the “conspicuous consumption” of the wealthy. Educator John Dewey emphasized a child-centered philosophy of pedagogy, known as progressive education, which affected schoolrooms for three generations.

Contemporary progressivism

The fourth and current liberal Progressive movement grew out of social activism movements, Naderite and populist left political movements in conjunction with the civil rights, GLBT (Gay rights), women’s or feminist, and environmental movements of the 1960s-1980s. This exists as a cluster of political, activist, and media organizations ranging in outlook from centrism (e.g., Reform Party of the United States of America) to left-liberalism to social democracy (like the Green Party) and sometimes even democratic socialism (like the Socialist Party USA).

While many contemporary Democratic party leaders and Green Party leaders have at times called themselves “progressives,” the term is usually self-applied by those to the left of the Democratic party, Bernie Sanders, Russ Feingold, Al Franken, Debbie Stabenow, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, Cynthia McKinney (The Green Party candidate for President in 2008), John Edwards, Sherrod Brown, Kathleen Sebelius, David McReynolds, Ralph Nader (The Green Party presidential candidate in 2000), Howard Dean, Peter Camejo, Al Gore, and the late Paul Wellstone and Ted Kennedy.

At the same time, the term is also applied to many leaders in the women’s movement, cosmopolitanism, the labor movement, the American civil rights movement, the environmental movement, the immigrant rights movement, and the gay and lesbian rights movement. Other well-known progressives include Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, George Lakoff, Michael Lerner, and Urvashi Vaid, however Chomksy and most American leftists disapprove of the co-option of the term “progressive” by overwhelmingly pro-corporate and pro-military politicians.

Significant publications include The Progressive magazine, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, In These Times, CounterPunch, and AlterNet.org. Broadcasting outlets include (the now-defunct) Air America Radio, the Pacifica Radio network, Democracy Now!, and certain community radio stations.

Notable media voices include Cenk Uygur, Alexander Cockburn, Barbara Ehrenreich, Juan Gonzalez, Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, Arianna Huffington, Jim Hightower, Lionel, the late Molly Ivins, Ron Reagan, Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher, Stephanie Miller, Mike Malloy, Keith Olbermann, Greg Palast, Randi Rhodes, Betsy Rosenberg, Ed Schultz, David Sirota, Jon Stewart and The Young Turks.

Modern issues for progressives can include : electoral reform (including instant runoff voting, proportional representation and fusion candidates), environmental conservation, pollution control and environmentalism, same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, universal health care, abolition of the death penalty, affordable housing, a viable Social Security System, renewable energy, smart growth urban development, a living wage and pro-union policies, among many others.

Examples of the broad range of progressive texts include: New Age Politics by Mark Satin; Why Americans Hate Politics by E.J. Dionne, Jr.; Community Building: Renewing Spirit & Learning in Business edited by Kazimierz Gozdz; Ecopolitics: Building a Green Society by Daniel Coleman; and Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.

The main current national progressive parties are the Democratic Party and the Green Party of the United States. The Democratic Party has major-party status in all fifty States, while there are state Green Parties or affiliates with the national Green Party in most states. The most successful non-major state-level progressive party is the Vermont Progressive Party. However, progressives often shy away from parties and align within more community-oriented activist groups, coalitions and networks, such as the Maine People’s Alliance and Northeast Action.

Source:  Wiki

Ownership of Wealth Dimension

 

Control of Wealth Dimension

Common Ownership of Wealth Mixed Economic Systems Private Ownership of Wealth
Participatory & Decentralist Control of Wealth 

(Concensus and related Win-Win Processes)

Egalitarian Communalism  

Common property ownership with egalitarian, participatory or consensus based government through income sharing systems and labor credit systems.  Nearly any form of legal organization may be controlled as an egalitarian communal society.

Egalitarian Commonwealth  

A mixed economy, including both private and common ownership, with participatory government (e.g., consensus decision-making processes with site-value taxation; also some tribal cultures such as the Iroquois Confederation.)

Egalitarian Collectivism  

Individually owned property with egalitarian, participatory, or consensus based government. Corporations run as consumer, producer, & worker cooperatives, and/or employee owned and controlled businesses, such as the Spanish Mondragon Cooperatives).

Mixed Political Systems  

(Majority-Rule and related Win-Lose Processes)

Democratic Communalism  

Common equity ownership with democratic majority-rule.  Includes some “socialist” countries and societies that have minimal private property, such as the democratic and communal Israeli kibbutzim.

Democratic Commonwealth  

Economic mixture of common ownership (e.g., governmental & tax-exempt organizations) and private ownership (e.g., for-profit corporations), with a majority-rule political system.  Some “capitalist” and some “socialist” countries.

Economic Democracy  

Private equity ownership with democratic majority-rule. Corporations run as partnerships, cooperatives, for-profits and non-profits.  No government owned property, no tax-exempt organizations, no public “commons.”

Authoritarian & Centralist Control of Wealth 

Totalitarianism State or party control of economy and government.  Communism or Fascism. Marxism, Stalinism, & others.  Minimal private property and complete control of society Authoritarianism Absolutism, aristocracy, despotism,
dictatorship,
feudalism, gerontocracy, matriarchy,
monarchy,
oligarchy, patriarchy, theocracy.
Plutocratic Capitalism 

For-profit corporations in which decision-making power based upon percent ownership of stock.  Laissez-faire corporate monopoly, multinational and predatory capitalism.

The different methods for the ownership of wealth (private and common) combine with the different decision-making processes for the control of wealth (participatory to authoritarian) to result in various political/economic systems. Each of these systems provides a definition for a term used to describe a particular cultural model which humans have experienced, or may yet create. We have much experience with the authoritarian forms of political/economic control and ownership, and less experience with the consensus forms.

The mixed economy with consensus process model (top center) represents a cultural form which we are beginning to explore in small scale societies (i.e., certain intentional communities) and in various social-political-economic movements. This particular political/economic structure is called here an “egalitarian commonwealth.”

Egalitarian – the practice of equality. The fair and equitable access to oportunities, wealth, and ecision-making processes.

Commonwealth – the prosperity of a whole society, through popular sovereignty.

Source:  Progressive Living Org

The Progressive Corporation (NYSEPGR), known as the Progressive Casualty Insurance Company through its subsidiaries, provides personal automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance and related services in the United States. The company was co-founded in 1937 by Jack Green and Joe Lewis and is headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

Progressive’s television advertisements depict an insurance superstore with an overly enthusiastic cashier, Flo (Stephanie Courtney), who explains the benefits of Progressive Insurance.

In 2009, the company was accused of ordering their advertisements off the air during the show broadcast of Glenn Beck on the FOX News Channel over comments made about U.S. President Barack Obama. Progressive stated that they never authorized their ads to be aired during Beck’s program, and they aired in that timeslot due to Fox’s error.

In 2002, the company settled with the State of Georgia in a class action lawsuit over diminished value claims brought by policyholders

In 2007, the company apologized after it was revealed they hired private investigators to infiltrate a church group and pose as congregation members to collect information on litigants seeking redress from the company. Another lawsuit was filed by the litigants over the affair against the company for invasion of privacy and fraud.

In 2009, the company was sued for allegedly deceiving policyholders by employing illegally-operated, unlicensed body shops to make repairs on vehicles for their clients in order to save money. The class action lawsuit of Blue Ash Auto Body Inc. v. Progressive Insurance is pending in Ohio.

Source:  Wiki

How Progressive is Progressive Insurance? This might surprise you….

Patriot Action Network – By Darla, ADMIN / National Director

… Between 2001 and 2003, Lewis funneled $15 million to the ACLU, the group most responsible for destroying what’s left of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Indeed, Lewis is himself an ACLU member. One of the ACLU projects he earmarked his funds for was an effort to sue school districts who have drug testing policies. In other words, this idiot wants teachers to be able to use drugs without fear of exposure. I wonder what he would think if all his own employees came to work drugged out every day.

Lewis also gave $12.5 million to MoveOn.org  ; and American Coming Together, two key components of the socialist left. The former group is perhaps the main group used by the Obama forces to organize their activists; the latter group is a 527 political action group that essentially served as a front for the SEIU union thugs who ran ACORN. His funding for these groups was conditional on matching contributions from George Soros, the international socialist who finances much of the Obama political network.

It’s disturbing that Lewis made a fortune as a result of capitalism but now finances a progressive movement that threatens to destroy the free enterprise system. He reminds me somewhat of Armand Hammer, the former head of Occidental Petroleum who did business with Joseph Stalin and became his good friend, around the same time Stalin was executing businessmen all over the USSR …

Subject: Speaker John Boehner
From: info@democracyforamerica.com
To: LuckyBogey@LuckyBogey’sBlog.com
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:41:08 +0000

LuckyBogey – 

Today at 12 noon, John Boehner will become Speaker of the House of Representatives — and big banks, insurance companies and Wall Street lobbyists across the country will rejoice.

Boehner hasn’t even taken the gavel yet and he’s already laid out an extreme right-wing agenda. It starts with a vote to repeal health insurance reform and includes gutting Social Security, making tax cuts for the rich permanent and more.

John Boehner’s House will empower right-wingers like Michele Bachmann and Eric Cantor to roll back progressive legislation and empower big corporations over the middle class.

Let’s just say what everyone already knows — John Boehner’s agenda has everything to do with embarrassing President Obama and nothing to do with creating jobs and getting America back on track.

The fight to take back the House starts now, so let’s make this the shortest Republican majority in history.

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Pelosi, Obama Hawaiian Vacations Come to an End, But Taxpayers Left with the Bill

Hawaii Reporter – By Malia Zimmerman

Nancy Pelosi’s final days as Speaker of the House were spent at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.

Escorted throughout her trip by a mini security motorcade that included Secret Service and Hawaii County Police officers, Pelosi was seen at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona, where she received Communion. Parishioners greeted her warmly, Hawaii Reporter was told. Two police SUVs were on guard outside the hotel during her week long stay.

Pelosi, who traveled to Hawaii by private plane, spent the holidays in Kona last year at the same hotel in an elaborate suite that reportedly rents for $10,000 a night.

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s details its luxurious setting and amenities on its web site: “Gloriously revitalised, this natural tropical paradise offers more than ever to explore – with a newly expanded Spa, beachfront dining, fashion boutiques and new Deluxe Suites, in addition to Jack Nicklaus signature golf. Set on the Big Island’s exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast, this showpiece resort captures the essence of Hawaiian design, culture and tradition.”

Pelosi has her share of allies in Hawaii, including Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who she defended during his successful campaign for governor in 2010. Pelosi, a Democrat who will be replaced as House Speaker by GOP Congressman John Boehner in a matter of days, served in Congress with Abercrombie. When Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Mufi Hannemann claimed during the primary that Abercrombie was not effective in Congress, Pelosi issued a statement calling Abercrombie “outstanding, effective and courageous.”

Hawaii Reporter has requested information from the Police on taxpayers’ costs to guard her. Last year, Hawaii county taxpayers paid more than $21,000.

This year, the county estimates have not yet been provided to Hawaii Reporter; the request is pending. However, the Hawaii Police Department does not release the number of police officers escorting Pelosi, how many hours they dedicated to Pelosi’s security detail, or whether they were being pulled from other duties. No figures could be obtained for her Secret Service escorts.

Her trip coincides with President Barack Obama’s nearly two-week family vacation in Hawaii…

Final Tab for Pelosi’s Speakership:

$5.34 Trillion in New Debt—Or $3.66 Billion Per Day

end – 😉

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