Progressive politics is what has shaped the greatest social and economic advances in US history.
Going back to President Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, who at the beginning of the last century, first realized the vision that the US could advance its economic power by providing protections for its citizens in the workforce and in their daily lives, as well as providing recreation spaces in new national parks. Roosevelt saw that unregulated capitalism was a threat to economic and social equality. Capitalism needed regulatory boundaries to contain greed, the sale of tainted goods, monopolistic practices, and cutthroat competition that all produced a permanent underclass.
Teddy Roosevelt’s cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, advanced the progressive cause further by passing social safety-net programs, such as Social Security, and the Securities and Exchange Act to regulate Wall Street.
But America is a corporate, capitalist system. In the decades since FDR, corporate capitalism has again taken over the government to shape its policies and budgets. Most Americans think there are three branches of government: the Executive, Legislative and Judicial. But, they are wrong.
In 2020, there are parallel and, in some cases, much more powerful branches on the boundaries of government that operate with almost no interference from regulations. These are the industries representing, oil-gas, financial services, health care, military contractors, aerospace, and specialty industries, such as private prisons.
Money in politics, the Old Boy Network, nepotism, voter suppression, and plain-old inertia keep this system operating without any challenges, except in the rare instances when reform and the progressive wind sweeps across the scene.
Today, the progressive political and economic message makes sense to a middle class that has not seen real wages rise since the 1970s. Staggering student loan and credit card debts with interest rates set by faceless credit card companies keep average Americans on a treadmill of work and debt repayment. Most young people will never be able to afford their own houses, nor will they have a living standard higher than their parents unless a fundamental power shift happens.
This site discusses how progressive ideas and current problems helped create the national problem and suggests remedies to fix a broken system of unregulated capitalism. This site has articles on issues related to wealth creation, the threats to a secure financial retirement, and what individuals should do to help secure their financial future. The lesson is that your future is in your hands. When you can take control of your financial and political future, you can enjoy more freedom than you have ever had before.
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