Friday, February 24, 2012
Going through the differences between Liberals such as myself and Progressives such as, well Paul Krugman or Ed Schultz. In the Democratic Party is a great debate to have, because we are different. Liberals aren't the same as Progressives, Liberals are closer to Libertarian then Progressive. Progressives tend to be Democratic Socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders. Just like Conservatives and Libertarians aren't the same either. Even though they are similar and thats a good debate the Republican Party is having right now. Should they be a party of Barry Goldwater and Ron Reagan, should they become Libertarian like Ron Paul. Or should they keep moving in the same Religious and Neoconservative direction they've been on the last ten years. Liberals and Progressives aren't part of the same broader Political Ideology. Where Liberal and Progressive is another word for the other and even though they are both on the left. With similar goals, we have different approaches in how to accomplish them. Liberals prefer to empower people to solve their own problems and empower them to become Self Sufficient. Progressives prefer to empower government to solve these problems for the people. Healthcare being an excellent example of this but there are other issues as well.
Liberals believe in things like Individual Liberty, Limited Government these are some things we have in common with Libertarians. Progressives tend to believe in Collectivism that we are all part of the same community. And one shouldn't be able to be more powerful then others. And that you need Big Government to ensure equality in society with high taxes and a Welfare State to ensure equality. Thats are main difference on Economic Policy. Thats exactly what its centered around, the Role of Government especially the Federal Government. And what size it should be and what it should be doing. Liberals tend to be realist and look at the World the way it is and try to make that World as best as it can. Progressives tend to be idealistic and look at the World the way they want it to be. Liberals tend to be more optimistic with a glass half full approach to the World. Progressives tend to be more pessimistic with a glass half empty approach to the World. I'll give you an example of this, when the Unemployment Rate fell to 8.2% in January. Liberals said look Unemployment is down to 8.2%, we are making progress. Progressives said we still have 8.2% Unemployment in America, thats too much. Both are right but with different analysis's.
Liberals and Progressives are both very similar on Social Issues but we are very different on Economic and Foreign Policy. Liberals believe in having a strong Private Sector and Free Enterprise System. Progressives believe in those things as well to a certain extent but would like to see everyone taxed much higher. With stronger regulations with the Federal Government providing a lot more Public Services. We are also different on Foreign Policy. Liberals tend to be internationalist and believing in strong defense. Progressives would like to cut the Defense Budget at least in half. And tend to be isolationist and pacifist. We have similar goals but different approaches to accomplishing these goals.