Progressive History

This article revealed another embarrassing lapse in my knowledge of American history. I didn’t understand the intellectual underpinnings or objectives  of the progressive movement. The battle between the progressives and the literalists continues to this day, but if you don’t understand the history, you can’t fully understand what’s happening. I find it easy to be sympathetic to the historical progressives – particularly since Hayek’s insight into emerging order hadn’t yet been formulated. But we can now see the consequences of their theory, and it isn’t pretty. I’m open to the argument that an impartial technocracy has merit, but I’m also aware that the cure can sometimes be worse than the disease.


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