It is uncanny sometimes how Bruce and I, while having very different blogging styles, often have similar ideas in mind. This morning, when I checked the blog, I was delighted to discover his latest, How “Progressive” Are You? in large part because he had put the word “progressive” in quotation marks.
Yesterday, when reading this comment on the press conference between President Obama and Brazilian President Luiz Ina¡cio Lula da Silva, “Obama’s talking progressive policies, Lula is talking about free trade and business,” I noted how, in common parlance, that word, “progressive” has come to mean the opposite of “free trade” and many other freedoms. Indeed, it seems to have become synonymous, at least for those who use it, with an increasing role for the state.
Who decided that big government means progress? Had those who did so studied history, they would see that it’s quite the opposite.