Progressivism: The Idea Destroying America - YouTube
Darwin was interested in a species level understanding of evolution. That's why he titled his book "Origin of Species" not " Origin of Traits." Even if we do know exactly which traits make a person more evolutionarily fit for THIS environment (a dubious idea in my opinion) we surely can't know what mix of traits will make the species more robust in some unknown future environment.
The Progressive Era was a period of widespread ..
After visiting Explorations Preschool, we crossed the street and visted Keys Grade School, which serves students from ages six to thirteen. In one classroom, I observed children engaged in the method, an approach based upon the national curriculum of the Republic of Singapore, which places an emphasis on problem-solving, simple exposition of concepts, and an in-depth understanding of basic math skills. The kids were using manipulatives to explore a math problem involving people getting on and off a bus (the underlying concept being taught was the idea of remainders in long division). Another classroom I visited was a sixth grade classroom where students were doing some dramatic play on the topic of the French Revolution. Students took on different roles, as royalty, nobility, peasantry, and so forth, while each one explicated his or her particular point of view with respect to conditions in late 18th century France.
Thomas Leonard: Yeah. Viewed from today, it's pretty ugly stuff, Russ. Some of these passages that you've read aloud were hard for me to write. But for the most part, these quotes are, if you like, letting the men who said them hang . It doesn't require any further sorts of indictment than to see what sorts of arguments that they made. One thing that--it turns that the Chinese play a really key role in the American anti-immigration movement. The Chinese were the first race--using the terminology of the day--to be legally excluded from the United States on racial grounds because they were Chinese. The Chinese Exclusion Act dates to 1882, and it follows a decade or more of [?] mob violence against Chinese immigrants and Chinese workers in California. And if you think about it, it's ugly of course, but it's also a little bit odd. Because the Chinese worker who they are vilifying as coolies--that's a very important and particular usage--the Chinese worker is basically being accused of being hard-working, of being law-abiding, of being frugal and resourceful. And these are quintessentially American virtues, aren't they? At least in the small-'r' republican tradition. So, if you are going to try to demonize someone as a threat, as a hereditary threat, as a political threat, and of course as an economic threat to Anglo-Saxon American workers, you have to come up with someone . And so, what they came up with--the progressives, activists, the economists, and some of the labor unions--was that they had this sort of supernatural ability to subsist on nothing. And that was in fact linked to their . Today we might give it a cultural explanation, but at the time it was deemed an innate quality. And furthermore, that living standard, this ability to live at subsistence, was not only determined by race but it also somehow led them to accept unusually substandard low wages. Of course, that doesn't follow at all if you think about it. Just because you frugally doesn't mean that you are willing to accept low wages. If there's any competition in the market, you won't. It just means you are saving your money so that maybe you can bring some more of your family to safety, or maybe start a small business. So the actual economics of it are a little bit puzzling. And we could talk about that if you want, but I don't want to get too far in the weeds. This is the moment where Labor Economics, which it was not yet called--that's anachronistic--still hadn't fully adopted marginal productivity as a theory of how wages are determined. It's sort of a mishmash, say: there's still an idea that wages are partly determined by living standards and if you can say that living standard is a function of race or indeed of gender, then you are off to the races. And, just to finish the thought, Russ, this model of demonizing the Chinese as --that was sort of the term of the art; that's what made them a threat--was later adapted and applied to immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe, and so-called defectives--people with physical and mental disabilities. And ultimately to women, too, using the same sort of argument.
The Wisconsin Idea is the policy developed in the U.S
I've been fortunate to hear about what life was like under Wilson from my great-aunt, who lived to the ripe old age of 104. She was politically minded her whole life, and she told me what it was like growing up on an Iowa farm, and how 'the Progressive thugs showed up before the 1916 election' and told her father that he was going to be voting for Wilson.
Economic progressivism | time traveler
This particular vile bigotry is on prominent display in this clip from BBC Newsnight in a debate on Election Night between Anne Coulter--my fellow Cornell alum-- and Martin Amis (). Why the opinion on America of Martin Amis, a British novelist who probably has never been West of Manhattan in his life, should matter to anyone is a mystery to me. He sneeringly makes sweeping generalization after ignorant sweeping generalization about people of which he knows absolutely nothing (save perhaps watching some stilted Hollywood movies and echo-chamber conversations with his fellow insulated jet-set intellectuals). Amis fits the definition of bigotry above to a tee.
Conservatism and Progressivism | Something should go …
These past eight years has been pretty bleak in my view as well. I agree we have a long way to go. Compared to the 1930's or 1960's however, the era of the New Deal and the Great Society, I see dramatic improvement. I think the dead weight cost of the Welfare State combined with the diminishing ability of Western governments to painlessly finance it will eventually lead to the system toppling under its own weight. Places like Greece and Italy will go first, but the rest will eventually follow. Eventually Ponzi-schemes bust, and the post-WW II ponzi-schemes adopted by Western governments will be no exception. This post-war political and economic consensus is headed to the same place as the baby-boomers who tend to cling to it. It won't be with us for much longer.
Conservatism is all about maintaining the status quo
Throw WWI into the mix, and it's easier to see why Harding ended up winning in 1920 on his 'Return To Normalcy' campaign - still by the largest popular vote percentage margin ever. And as an aside, I'd like to hear a future podcast that looks into Harding's economics - cutting taxes, regulation, and federal spending - that ended a recession in one year and ushered in the 'Roaring Twenties' economy. I don't think it's any accident that historians (Progressives?) have done all they can to tarnish Harding's economic accomplishments by only focusing on his alleged affair and the Teapot Dome scandal. They couldn't let free market policies look like the solution to economic ills, could they???