What is a progressive?

July 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

I found this article useful: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/03/22/1761431/what-it-means-to-be-a-progressive-a-manifesto

And this one, http://averypublicsociologist.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/you-cant-crowdfund-centre-ground.html – which begins:

I’m old enough to remember when internet utopianism was a real thing.

[…]

Trying to grab back a slice of that utopianism, we have the just launched More United. Billing itself as the UK’s first crowdfunded political instrument, it aims to harness the power of the internet to channel monies to election candidates. Those set to receive the cash are “moderate, progressive” candidates who sign up to MU’s five key principles. If politics did scout badges, this is pretty much what you have here. Respecting and celebrating diversity, protecting the environment, international cooperation and EU loveliness, empowering citizens, and, as they put it, being for “a fair, modern, efficient market based economy that closes the gap between rich and poor and supports strong public services”.

This is a bit of a strange principle to hang your creds on. […]

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