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why is progressivism "evil"?

progressivism is defined as a political attitude favoring or advocating changes or reform. so why do so many conservatives say its "evil" or "going to destroy the country". FDR, Teddy R., Woodrow wilson, and Lydon Johnson were all progressives. i mean whats wrong with change, this reminds me of the revolutions in europe during the enlightenment and the 1800's when conservatives were calling all people who called for change evil. I mean conservatives seem to associate progressivism with socialism or comunism but that's not the case. So any conservativves please explain to me why you guys hate progressives


@ I love my truck

are you stupid?!?! maybe you should read up on progressivism, maybe then you would know that what you just said is completely ignorant. I bet you didn't know that thomas paine and most of the enlightenment philosophers (or do you know what the enlightenment was) were all "progressives"

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@_bogie_ thank you for providing at least somewhat of an educated answer from conservative side, keyword is somewhat though becuase your idea of socialism is completely wrong, im not advocating it in any way, but my family is from china, a very socialist nation and the people there are some of the most motivated in the world, the same goes for many of my good friends in many socialist european nations

Update 3:


did you just suggest a crazy conspiracy theory FDR knew about Pearl Harbor and did nothing about it, really, that makes less since than 9/11 conspiracy theories. and just for you guys to know i AM NOT a progressive, i am a libertarian but i do RESPECT some progressive ideals and just want to know why people seem to hate them so much

Update 4:

i meant brad

20 Answers

  • Brad
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Look at the "progressives" you mentioned. Each and every one of them was a warmonger. Teddy Roosevelt carried out a genocide in the Philippines. Woodrow Wilson lied the country into WWI. FDR lied us into WWII by maneuvering the Japanese into an attack and then not acting on his prior knowledge of said attack. LBJ was the president most responsible for the atrocity known as the Vietnam War. These men also vastly expanded government power domestically beside being the kind of warmonger that the neo-"conservative" Trotskyites love so much.

    War is the health of the state. A limited government domestic policy and a limited government foreign policy (also known as an "America First" foreign policy) require one another. This is why we inevitably get big government foreign and domestic whether we vote for the "progressive" or the neo-con.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For that answer, just look at California. A few years back, progressives decided that they can afford all the social programs they want, and all they needed was a few extra taxes on the very rich. The very rich can afford it, so it's no big deal... right? Well, the more progressive California got, the faster and further away the millionaire job creators went. Texas said, "we have affordable housing, no income taxes, low property taxes, and no progressives in the Texas house". The DotCom's came here in droves, so did computer manufacturing. Everytime a businessman took his jobs out of California, the California government raised the taxes on the remaining rich. Now there are no very rich, just a few movie stars, so California lost its tax base.

    So, as all the progressives slowly take away all of your freedoms, they also took away your independence. Progressives promise free... fill in the blank... at the cost of the very rich. But what they don't ever tell you is what happens when the rich are no longer rich? What will do when we can no longer afford all these progressive handouts?

    You see, the ideas of progressives are always the same... just throw money at it. It's akin to taking that big pile of trash, and shoving it in a cabinet. Sure, it's out of view from the neighbors, but you kitchen still sinks.

    Source(s): Common sense
  • Spook
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Political definitions have changed so many times over the last hundred years that it is hard to reconcile the proper definition with what the term actually means at any given point in history. Progressive is a pleasing sounding word that suggests changes for the better. However today the Progressive ideology is a political philosophy that adheres to the philosophical political principles of Marx. It is far left of liberalism, the premise is that Marx had a better idea of how socialism could be more properly applied to societal conditions. In part of his Communist Manifesto, he wrote that a Capitalist Society would be one of the easiest to convert to Communism because the workers are accustomed to doing as their employers tell them for their living. He also stated that this same worker would be far more productive under the watchful eye of an armed citizen. This is why Progressive-ism is evil, it is Marxism.

  • 1 decade ago

    One of the things I have noticed concerning the true nature of evil, it involves an inability to have a positive emotional contact with other human beings. Thus, a lack of ability to be tolerant, compassionate, honest, or even civil tend to hallmarks of evil. Whatever you think of Christianity, this is the reason the "Seven Deadly Sins" are deadly.

    So - WTF does that have to do with "progressives"? They care about ideas, not people. They will stick it to ordinary Joes and Janes, since progressives see them as "inferior beings". In the main, they want to impose abstractions on human reality, generally with no sense of intellectual honesty, compassion, restraint, or respect. They believe their ideas are "right" in an absolute sense, with no sense of anything or anyone else. They want change, they want it now, and they want it imposed by legal force on everybody because it is "right" or "good" or "better". Debate is not possible, because they are incapable of considering the fact their ideas and solutions might not be as perfect as they think. They also seem to have a deep dislike for personal responsibility. You can be free - as long as you do EXACTLY what they want. If you don't agree, they'll get laws passed to make it illegal to do anything else.

    It's pretty sad. The "progressive" attitude has fractured US society to the point I can't say there is much of a center left to hold us together any more as a social entity. The good they did was lost by refusing to consider the broader aspects of the solution they chose. Is this the change modern "progressives" wanted? A nation of "victims" without personal responsibility? Education so bowdlerized we graduate people who have great "self esteem" but are unprepared to work? (And yes, I have seen this up close and personal). Social change for the sake of change, or because Oprah told us to? Government as social arbiter? Eeewww.

    Progressives remind me of Marx - they can analyze a problem pretty well, they just can't come up with a solution that isn't worse.

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  • 6 years ago

    That 'evil' claim is based upon their record of eugenics...

    Progressivism at the beginning of the 20th century was created on bias of race and eugenics. They had a new world ideology that aimed at curing the American people of both the feeble and African race through sterilization. Planned Parenthood was created in 1921 to carry out that political agenda, and although they hide their true colors as of today, Democrat Progressives still love the organization.

  • 1 decade ago

    Conservatives are not against change.

    Conservatives view what reality teaches us and see that the principles behind our Constitution and our ethical foundations are good. They only see change where it can be proven to ge wise.

    Progressivism has no such standards and is used as a too to forward the specious objectives of the elitist despots who think they know better than you do what it is you and all you Serfs out there should be doing to serve their Lordships.

    Progress is not evil. Those pushing an agenda based on deception for their own personal gain are evil.

  • They are totalitarian conformists, they dream of a racist worldorder whrere everyone is an inbred 'black-haired,brown-eyed clone' all looking the same all thinking the same under a communistic collective. They 'claim' progression but mean conformity, sameness and collectivisation. Pregressives, or 'leftards' will ignore non-white racism, abuses of socialist states such as mass murder, death camps and wars of aggression and repression. These mealy-mouth dogs claim to stand for human rights, but really they are liars. They and their racist 'black-haired, brown-eyed, look alike world needs to be eliminated by any means necessary, even nuclear war. Progressives are racist maggots and deserve death.

  • If you are sincerely interested in comprehending the goals of progressives, and the ends they desire, and the justification of those ends to bring about total control..... you should read the book: "THE ROAD TO SERFDOM" written by F.A. Hayek. Should you understand it and see the methods and goals of Progressives, you can begin to learn what Upton Sinclair said many years ago about "The Welfare State" which we now are living in - and paying for all the parasite class. Sinclair said: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

  • 6 years ago

    "Changes or reform" are always a good thing? What kind of logic is that?!

    Were Pol Pot s "changes and reforms" a dream come true?!

  • Andy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I don't think it's evil, but look up the First Progressive Reform Era and I think you'll understand why people don't like it.

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