Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma) Defines Today’s Progressivism

Nomination_of_Richard_CordrayWarren reviewed eleven tenets of contemporary progressivism in a July 18 speech before Netroots Nation . She should be commended. Very often progressive politicians prefer to talk about “hope and change” rather than what they really stand for. Her list is not free of exaggerated rhetoric, such as claiming the mantle of “science” for herself. When she talks about supporting fast food workers on picket lines, she doesn’t mention the millions she is collecting from labor unions. But, even so, her account contains some honest and useful information.

1. “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

2. “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

3. “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

4. “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

5. “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

6. “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

7. “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

8. “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

9. “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

10. “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

11. “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

Here are a few questions for Warren.

1.  Since you are willing to fight for stronger rules and tougher enforcement for Wall Street, are you willing to fight for an end to government bail-outs? How will you end them if Wall Street is operated as a subsidiary of Washington? How will you end them if Washington needs big Wall Street firms to buy its bonds with money created by Washington, since Washington is barred from buying its own bonds directly but can do so indirectly through Wall Street? In general, how will you keep government control from wrecking the internal disciplines of the market, which include loss and bankruptcy as well as profit?

2. How will an increase in the minimum wage help those who can’t get any job because of the minimum wage? How will this help teenagers or other young people get their first job?

One of your favorite presidents, Franklin Roosevelt, intervened to keep wages high during the Great Depression. The result was that those who succeeded in keeping their jobs were even better off than before while millions of others were thrown out of work and had nothing.

3. Hasn’t the federal student loan program driven up the cost of a college education, leaving many students worse off than before it existed?

And why is the federal government borrowing at a low interest rate and then charging the students a much higher rate? How can it be right to make a profit off the students and then apply it to the federal budget under a line called “ deficit reduction.”

4. Since you hold that “equal means equal… in all of America,” why do federal programs discriminate in favor of one group over another? Why, to choose just one of many examples, are non-unionized companies barred from federal construction contracts?

5. If corporations are not people, does that mean the government can not only tell them what to do, but even gag them or tell them what to say?

Having reviewed what Warren believes to be the eleven tenets of contemporary progressivism, what does she think that conservatives and libertarians believe? Here it is: “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

Is this what either conservatives or libertarians teach? Is this what markets teach? They teach us to be selfish? Or do they teach us that we had better put our selfishness aside and tend to the needs of customers and employees first if we want to be successful?

People who run businesses are serving the needs of others. And people who work for the government may be just as selfish as anybody else.

Did Senator Warren describe all the tenets of contemporary progressivism? No, she described the ones she wanted to describe. But it’s helpful to have her eleven.


  1. Antony C. Sutton, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, was author of the authoritative three-volume series, Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development. It documented how powerful interests in the United States and Western Europe created the Soviet Military Industrial Complex during the Cold War.

    Surveying every possible source of information, in five languages, regarding every industry, physical plant capacity, and technological development in the Soviet Union since 1917, he proved “there is no such thing as Soviet technology,” but technology transferred from the Western bloc by physical force, monopolistic concessions, espionage, or numerous other unsavory methods.

    Check out chapter 3 of his amazing book, The Best Enemy Money Can Buy.

    A key component in this process was the Export-Import Bank. The Bank is financed through your taxes. It help build the Kama River Complex in the former USSR.

    This truck factory was the largest in world, thirty six square miles in area. It produced over 250,000 heavy trucks, tanks, and armored personnel carriers each year.

    During the Vietnam War it built the trucks that carried supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to North Vietnamese troops fighting American soldiers.

    Later it was Kama River military vehicles that invaded Afghanistan in December 1979, traveling on a highway built from the Soviet border to Kabul, a joint construction project of the US and Soviet governments in the 1960s during the Vietnam War.

    The Export-Import Bank is the quintessential example of crony corporatism or “too big to fail.” Persons from Ron Paul to Ralph Nader have called for its abolition. In 2008 “presidential candidate” Barack Obama called the Export-Import Bank “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”

    Yet once again “President” Barack Obama recently signed a bill which reauthorized the life of the Export-Import Bank. Uber-progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren was a strong supporter of this bill.

    Perhaps supporters of her 2016 presidential run should ask her which enemy are we going to subsidize and sustain next? We already know Obama’s record on that issue.

    Treason, Or How To Build Your Own Enemy an Amazon book list

  2. Pairing Elizabeth Warren with Progressivism doesn’t do anything anymore, mere raindrops to the forest fire. I have nothing against the article at all, as a matter of fact I feel it is on point. Precision is key especially when you are up against a favored government intellectual like Elizabeth Warren. I propose we no longer identify her as progressive but that of a obscurantist.The obscurantist limits the publication, extension, and dissemination of knowledge, of evidence countering the common-belief status quo with which the public is ruled. Elizabeth Warren the obscurantist feeds a growing state dictatorship. Pro­mot­ing these moronic ide­ol­ogies among the peo­ple is the vital so­cial task of the “in­tel­lec­tu­als.” For the masses of men do not cre­ate their own ideas, or in­deed think through these ideas in­de­pen­dently; they fol­low pas­sively the ideas adopted and dis­sem­i­nated by the body of in­tel­lec­tu­als. The in­tel­lec­tu­als are, there­fore, the “opin­ion-mold­ers” in so­ci­ety. And since it is pre­cisely a mold­ing of opin­ion that the State most des­per­ately needs, the basis for age-old al­liance be­tween the State and the in­tel­lec­tu­als.

    Classical Greek philosopher Plato in 380 BC presented the “Noble Lie” through its use, the people are intentionally misled and misdirected in an attempt to make them unified as a group and loyal to the regime. The policy of not letting people know something to that effect is brought forward by what is called a Obscurantist. So there you have it Elizabeth Warren the Obscurantist needs to be separated from the crowded progressive group, and exposed by a brighter spotlight.

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