John describes pretty well the epistemology of Progressivism--but not the metaphysics.
This site http://schoolmarm.org/main/index.php?pag… says "Progressivism has a respect for individuality..." then goes on to explain how people are manipulated by the educations system to be what the Progressives want them to be--unjudgmental of other people.
It is precisely a respect for Individuality in the sense of Enlightenment politics and social sciences that Progressivism does not have. It's metaphysics are that people don't know what is good for them and must be forced--as with the Progressive policies of Medicare and Social Security, President Johnson's 'Great Society', and Obama-care.
The metaphysics of Progressivism deny individualism. "Progressives see the act of progressing as....objective of gradual, related, and cumulative change." But change is expected, not simply anticipated, and the Progressives want to steer the ship instead of letting the individual do it through social action.http://www.quantumcritics.com/2009120972…
Their metaphysics tell them that wealth is unlimited and can be tapped at will; they fail to realize wealth is made, and wealth-making becomes broken when too much is taken too fast and for the wrong reasons--but they blame the wealth-makers who fail to continue to make wealth, all the time wondering where the "unlimited" wealth is going--people must be hoarding it!
Evidence of this is when Obama told Joe the Plumber he wanted to 'redistribute wealth', and then denied he was a socialist--except that "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need" is a metaphysical statement made famous by Marx.
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