American Progressivism: A Reader

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The Progressives sought to overthrow the Constitution in all but name. In an interview with Claremont Review of Books editor Charles Kesler, John Marini, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, explains the achievement of the Progressives —an administrative state or bureaucracy that cannot be ousted by an election or two and controls every aspect of our lives.

American Progressivism: A Reader

The Progressive revolt had many captains, but the chief of them was that scholar-politician Woodrow Wilson. Thomas G. Some of the major primary sources can be found in two collections, both edited by Claremont Institute Senior Fellow R. Wilson, a prodigious albeit seriously flawed scholar of Congress, the presidency, parties, and the bureaucracy, made a bold call for revolutionary change.

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Professor Ronald J. Pestritto of Hillsdale College led the contemporary rediscovery of the radical importance of Wilson through his book, Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism , articles, and media appearances. All of these works begin to counter the damage done by Progressive historians such as Charles Beard, who denigrated the thought behind the Constitution in favor of an account that depicted their economic interests, as Herman Belz recounts. The political consequences of the Progressive movement are ably depicted in several publications on Claremont.

American Progressivism

Senior Fellow Michael Uhlmann exposes the Progressive roots of contemporary big government. The late Thomas Silver, who led the revival of scholarly interest in Calvin Coolidge, emphasized the conservative failure of ideas in the rise of Progressivism. In other words, conservatives need to rethink their understanding of politics, economics, and the law, and above all political philosophy, before they can confront Progressivism.

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Casting out Progressivism is far more difficult than it seems, for we have become accustomed to its promises of clean, efficient government. Senior Fellow Edward Erler uses the California case to further illustrate this point : only by using Progressive measures such as the initiative and referendum has California minority of conservatives been able to rein in the Progressives who run State government.

And some Progressives have become intellectual and political heroes. Consider the abiding popularity of John Dewey on the liberal intellectual elite, not to speak of his influence on schools of education and hence on pedagogy throughout the nation and much of the rest of the world.

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An even better example is Theodore Roosevelt, in a way the first great Progressive politician. I appreciated the discussion of progressivism as it related to politics, religion, etc. The rest of the book is a collection of papers, speeches, etc.


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American Progressivism is a one-volume edition of some of the most important essays, speeches, and book excerpts from the leading figures of national Progressivism. It is designed for classroom use, includes an accessible interpretive essay, and introduces each selection with a brief historical and conceptual background. The introductory essay is written with the student in mind, and addresses the important characteristics of Progressive thought and the role of Progressives in the development of the American political tradition.

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