What is your opinion of progressivism? What is your opinion of progressivism?

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Personally, I feel like some elements of progressivism were naive and ultimately did more harm than good. However I do agree with many of the progressive ideas. I do think that laws are sometimes necessary to make sure people do the right thing, because people always act in their own self-interest.
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There does seem to be a slight division between the comments of editors above. I do agree that on the one hand, the progressive movement often involves immense elitism as they try to impose their ideas of what is "right" on to others, no matter what they think, but the same time, I think there is some scope for agreeing with #3 and recognising the debt we owe in terms of advances in human rights legislation thanks to the progressive movement. So try to analyse both sides of the argument before making any conclusions.

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I'm with #5.  Modern Progressives have a similar elitist agenda, it seems to me, and make no apologies for it.  In fact, the idea that "they" can make better decisions for "us" than we can for ourselves quite frankly scares me.  (I'd rather screw it up myself than have someone else do it, I guess.)  The first generation of Progressives did, perhaps, bring some important changes to the country at a time when they were needed; today, though, the movement does not appear to me to truly have the best interest of the entire country as their agenda.

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In my opinion, the Progressives are somewhat misnamed.  To me, they were a group of rather elitist people who tried to impose their values on other people who did not necessarily share them.

The most obvious example of this was the imposition of Prohibition.  The Progressives felt that immigrant culture was inferior to that of "native" Americans.  Because of this, they wanted to try to "reform" the immigrants and make them more like middle class "natives."  In order to do this, they did various things, the most intrusive of which was Prohibition.

In other words the Progressives tried to force their values on people who did not share them.

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The definition of "progressive" has changed over time, so if we're working with the assumption that a progressive is modeled after the 19th century reformers, then I think they are an essential part of the evolution of a democracy.  Progressives have been the conscience of business and the government for generations, and helped us to reform the society and government we live in and with so that we are closer to democracy than we were before.

I believe Progressives are especially important when it comes to human rights, equal rights and the environment in our nation's history.

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In my opinion, progressivism has made the United States a better place to live. Progressives worked to solve the many problems the country faced in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  If one looks at the reforms progressives successfully implemented, I think one would be impressed.  Some reforms include safer food with the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and The Pure Food and Drug Act.  Anti-trust laws were passed to protect the consumer from unfair business practices.  Women received the right to vote. A national park system was created. Political reforms such as the initiative, referendum and recall helped improve the political system in this country.  And this is just a short list of the accomplishments of the progressives and progressivism.

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