From Radical Progressivism to Authoritarianism
16 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2019 Last revised: 10 Jan 2020
Date Written: December 19, 2019
The modern progressive movement in the United States, based upon ideology deriving from classical liberalism must invariably lead to greater authoritarianism. Classical liberalism began to fail as a philosophy as soon as it spawned ideologies that abandoned the notion of universal truth. Progressive ideology in the United States since the mid 19th century has demonstrated an increasing propensity to advocate a stronger central government, less Constitutional control and a decreasing adherence to the rule of law. Preferring de facto verse de jure. These trends in legal idealism at the expense of legal realism coupled with the growing passion and a propensity toward violence among the base indicate that increased left authoritarianism is not only possible but likely.
Keywords: Authoritarianism, Progressivism
JEL Classification: Z18, Z10
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