Is Progressivism Dead? (No Matter How Loud Elizabeth Warren Shouts)

So here are Elizabeth Warren’s 11 tenets of progressivism:

 -”We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

– “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

– “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

– “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

– “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

– “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

– “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

– “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

– “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

– “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

– “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

I will talk about this later.  But the takeaway is there’s very little to it.   There’s a vague hostility to the immorality of corporations; government should make ‘em be more ethical. There’s a  (conservative in the precise sense) bit about protecting the entitlements you already have.   There’s the more specific social or cultural progressivism, and that’s the only place EQUALITY is mentioned.  Unless you count raising the minimum wage (say what you will, that requires no new bureaucracy or national communitarian mode of thinking), there is no proposal for bigger and better government to remedy creeping  ECONOMIC inequality and all that. Nothing about access to health care, or higher taxes on the rich.  So the effectual truth of progressivism is contained to the realm of “autonomy” (a basically sophisticated issue) with some Green stuff.  It’s Silicon Valley or left-corporate capitalism.  And she is the candidate of the leftist progressives, one deemed by most Democrats at this point as too radical for their party.

Peter Augustine Lawler — Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He is executive editor of the acclaimed scholarly quarterly Perspectives on Political Science and served on President George ...

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