Negative Progressives

Progressives, again and again, keep complaining about the super-rich, especially how little/unfair taxes they pay, and I entirely agree with this critique, but none of them, to my knowledge, will come out in favor of the National Safety Net (NSN) political proposal that would Federally mandate a minimum threshold of quality living for every American. It is one thing to properly diagnose the problem (that the rich have too much wealth), and another thing to publicly endorse a positive solution (of re-distributing the wealth so that everyone has a guaranteed decent and dignified lifestyle). Progressives, just like liberals, don’t like the gross inequality of capitalism, but they are unwilling to challenge this economic system enough to really do what needs to be done in order to properly correct this completely unnecessary and undesirable situation. They can’t bring themselves to say and support the idea that there is more than enough wealth in America to go around so that every citizen can and should have a safe and secure life. NSN solves the problem of gross inequality in America, but any serious challenge to Capitalism is labeled “Socialism,” and is rejected, or at least not openly supported, by Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives. However, no Party or organization/ group can adequately address the worst symptoms of this society without offering a positive concrete alternative. NSN doesn’t claim to be the be all and end all for social improvement, but it’s a BEGINNING that breaks out of the blame game taking place within the established framework/ ideology: “earn a living through hard work or suffer and perish.” The starting point for real change in America is the recognitions that 21st Century Americans deserve a middle class lifestyle because we are all members of a very rich society, but don’t expect Progressives to recognize this simple and basic moral truth because that’s too “radical.”


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