I’ve been wanting to write a blog about the Progressive notion of freedom and what Progressives believe in when it comes to freedom. And how much individual-freedom if any they believe the people should have and I’m leaning towards Progressives believing in at least some level of. Individual-freedom my point is much and how much freedom should one have over their own lives and be able to. Make their own decisions with their own lives. As well as how much responsibility they believe that individuals should have with the freedom that would come in let’s say a Progressive-society or. A Social-Democracy which is what Progressive-society would be. Because in the last sixth months or so I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and articles by people who are supposed to be Progressives and yet. They’ve been advocating for things that would limit our freedom especially economically but also personally which I’ll get to later.
So-called Progressives lately have been more interested in giving the responsibility to the Federal Government. To take care of us with the latest two ideas being about nationalizing the healthcare-system all together and not just the health-insurance industry. But the healthcare-delivery system all together, as well as nationalizing the retirement-system and make Social Security the loan. Retirement-program in America and not the latest idea I saw a couple of weeks ago. About nationalizing the financing for our higher-education system. Again taking away the freedom of individuals to make these decisions for themselves and giving that power to the Federal Government. And then you get to the nanny-state business where again so-called Progressives and I’ll explain. What I mean about that want to outlaw things like soft-drinks, junk-food to go along with tobacco. Again taking the decision away from the individual to make these decisions because somehow government knows best. How individuals should live their own lives, to go along with the political correctness business. Where they would outlaw hate-speech if it weren’t protected by the U.S. Constitution. Which is what I want to get into are these ideas Progressive or something else.
Is it Progressive to believe that government should run our lives for us. Or would it be Progressive to have an educated society who can make the right decisions for themselves. And then government could play a major role in seeing that this educated society comes about. Well Progressivism at least in its classic form is about using government whatever the level is and. Yes Progressives tend to believe in a more centralized Federal Government then Liberals or Conservatives. And if you read this blog on a regular basis you know I differentiate between Liberals and Progressives. And to give an example Liberals are supposed to question authority, not be against authority but question it. Well a big part of Progressivism is about authority and using government to improve society and so forth. But if you are a real Progressive let’s say, then I believe you would want people to be able to have the knowledge and skills to be able to make their. Own decisions and not trying to outlaw things you view as unhealthy. So you would take the approach of individual-freedom for educated people over government knows best for us.
The two competing ideologies and mainstream ideologies on the Left. Are Liberalism what I subscribe to which is about a Liberal amount of freedom not government spending our money liberally. On our behalf which is sorta of the modern definition of Liberalism. Liberalism is all about individual-freedom and responsibility and that government’s job is to protect our freedom and empower those. Who do not have it to be able to live in freedom not try to run our lives for us. If you are actually a real Progressive yourself then you also believe in individual-freedom. Like the guy in the video said freedom vs Progressivism is a facade that if you are a Progressive you believe in. Freedom but for all people and that government needs a safety-net for people who fall through the. Cracks and you need a strong public-education system so everyone can live in freedom. Even if that means higher taxes to finance this safety-net so no one has to starve and so forth. But you also believe that it’s not governments job to run our lives but just be there when we need it and so. Forth but not try to protect us from ourselves.
What I’m getting at is going forward is for Progressives to be Progressives. Then they have to believe in freedom as well and not just be about the welfare-state and certainly not about the. Nanny-state but be about what can government do for the people who need it so they can live in freedom. Like the rest of the country and what do we need government to do to make sure that everyone has freedom. And freedom is not based on who our parents are but what you do with the quality opportunities that are in front of all of us. That Progressivism actually needs to be about progress just like Liberalism is about liberty for Progressivism to be real.