Progressive? What does that mean?

Discussion in 'Politics & Law' started by SmilinSilhouette, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. SmilinSilhouette

    SmilinSilhouette Registered Member

    I have my own ideas, of course! But I am wondering what does that mean to those that would call themselves "progressive"? What are your beliefs and how do they manifest themselves in your political views?
     

  2. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    I think it's another silly label people used to organize their friends and enemies. I would like to think that all human beings in this apparently civilized nation are for progress in some shape or form. The obvious gray area is that we all disagree on what progress really is and that's where all the bitching and ranting starts.
     
  3. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    The opposite of conservative. Moving toward reform and change from the status quo, embracing new ideas.
     
  4. SmilinSilhouette

    SmilinSilhouette Registered Member

    How opposite? If conservative is related to the constitution then do progressives seek to abolish it? I'm all for positive reform and unhappy with the current status quo. I can embrace new ideas if they have substance, but not just for the sake of their "newness"

    So what reforms do progressives support? What are their new ideas? From my understanding the progressive movement has been around for a while, so what is new about it?
     
  5. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    Conservatism is not related to the constitution. The Right doesn't have exclusive claim to it.

    "New" ideas - some of which have admittedly been around for a long time, but were decidely uphill battles to bring to fruition - such as women having the right to vote, Civil Rights legislation, green living, acknowledging that global warming is a real and serious phenomenon, worker's rights, etc.
     
  6. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    I'm not getting how it's the opposite of conservative. Well, I get it if you're going to go by Salon or MSNBC's definition of progressive which is just interchangeable with liberal.
     
  7. Ilus_Unistus

    Ilus_Unistus Registered Member

    A Progressive is one who wishes to improve, update or change a constitution to be more modern.
     
  8. SmilinSilhouette

    SmilinSilhouette Registered Member

    I disagree, what do you think it is that conservatives wish to conserve?

    Never said it does! I would hope it is there for all americans.

    which I and most conservatives support
    I don't believe that federal government should dictate lifestyles.
    is that part of the progressive platform?
    In what way? Workers rights in regard to what? are those rights somehow different than the rights of all citizens?
     
  9. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    Did you ask the question because you wanted to know, or did you ask so you could tell me I'm full of shit?
     
  10. SmilinSilhouette

    SmilinSilhouette Registered Member

    I don't think you're full of shit, I ask because I'm looking for specifics not generalizations. I'm trying to understand what it is that progressives believe and what policies they support. For example, what does "workers rights" mean? The right to have a job, to make a certain wage, to be entitled to advancement, to join or not be forced to join a union?
     

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