What conservative historian Charles Kesler is talking about is American Progressivism. A political philosophy that’s government centric. And in the United States Federal Government centric, but there Are Progressive governors and other Progressives in state government that believe in a certain level of federalism. But the idea of American progressivism is a very collectivist political philosophy that’s about using government to make society better.
Another thing about Liberalism and Liberals is that Liberals not only believe in individual freedom again both personal and economic freedom, but that individual freedom should be for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality. Or even income level, that all Americans should have the opportunity to live in individual freedom in America.
And that government has a role to see that these opportunities are there for everyone, but what people do with these opportunities is up to us. And not having a welfare state there to take care of everyone. And have everyone dependent on the state for our economic well-being. Liberals truly believe in individual freedom, but again for everyone, whereas today's so-called Progressives believe in the welfare state. To be there to take care of everyone mixed in with private-enterprise.