What were four common beliefs held by the Progressives?
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There were many beliefs held by the Progressives. Among them were:
- The basic system of capitalism and democracy was a good one. Progressives were out to fix the system, not to destroy it.
- That the people were capable of effecting the reforms that were needed for the system to be fixed.
- It was important to maintain social cohesion and to have a communitarian view of the world. The Progressives did not embrace the sort of individualism that drove the views of the Social Darwinists and those like them. They felt, instead, that society should work for the benefit of all.
- They believed in the power of scientific thinking to change the world. They felt that science and rationality could determine what society should be like and how to achieve that ideal society.
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