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Can Progressives Define What to be a ‘Progressive’ Actually Means?

 
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Can Progressives Define What to be a ‘Progressive’ Actually Means?
For House Democrats, 2011 is likely to be the year of the progressives.

The midterm elections largely purged the party of moderate Blue Dogs, meaning that for the first time the Congressional Progressive Caucus will represent more than forty percent of Democrats in the House. There’s no question Democrats are now a progressive party. The only problem: nobody can agree on what the word “progressive” actually means.

And not for lack of trying. While many have tried to define the term — John Podesta of the Center for American Progress wrote an entire book on the subject – no consensus has emerged. Call a dozen different self-described progressives, and you’re likely to get as many different explanations of what a “progressive” is.

“I’m not sure what the definition is,” conceded James Rucker, executive director of Color of Change. “I don’t love the term.” Rucker co-founded his organization with former White House “green jobs czar” Van Jones, so there isn’t much question about where he stands politically. But the term still strikes him as opaque. “I think it’s kind of the new ‘liberal,’” he said.

Ambiguous? That may be the point. “People use the word ‘progressive’ these days in part because the word liberal has been discredited by the right,” said Roger Hickey, co-director of Campaign for America’s Future, a Washington-based non-profit that touts itself as “the strategy center for the progressive movement.”

Hickey, whose group hosts one of the most prominent annual gatherings of liberal activists in the country, added that there is more to the term than just a rebranding effort. “‘Progressive’ connotes that element of economic populism and the little guy up against big corporate forces that liberalism does not,” he explained.

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Re: Can Progressives Define What to be a ‘Progressive’ Actually Means?
They associate with socialists. That's all I need to know. Not that we don't hold some of the same views about government corruption ect but their poitical agenda is not the answer.

There a radio network full of progressives: The Progressive Radio Netwok. It's huge. Some of the shows are alright. Health shows.
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Re: Can Progressives Define What to be a ‘Progressive’ Actually Means?
Let's ask Flo.
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Re: Can Progressives Define What to be a ‘Progressive’ Actually Means?
Let's ask Flo.
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