"Progress means movement in a desired direction, and we do not all desire the same things for our species."
C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist
Willing Slaves of the Welfare State, first published in The Observer on July 20, 1958
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Within the scope of the statement's focus, I like it. Those politicos that would don the "progressive" monicker would have the masses ignorant and enslaved beasts of burden. Such beasts could be controlled by compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (life / property / income taxes, funny money, etc.) non-recognition of inalienable rights, health insurance, common core ignorance instruction and slave masters that work to put a chicken in every pot.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Mike, right on.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    Well written Mike.
     -- cal, Lewisville, tx     
    Read the entire article. Very good. I especially like this quote from it: “…classical political theory, with its Stoical, Christian, and juristic key-conceptions (natural law, the value of the individual, the rights of man), has died. The modern State exists not to protect our rights but to do us good or make us good -- anyway, to do something to us or to make us something. Hence the new name 'leaders' for those who were once 'rulers'. We are less their subjects than their wards, pupils, or domestic animals. There is nothing left of which we can say to them, 'Mind your own business.'” Our whole lives are their business. – C.S. Lewis (From “Willing Slaves of the Welfare State” 1958)
     -- SCSURFR, La Mirada     
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    Something the social engineers conveniently ignore -- they'd do our thinking for us as well, if they had their way.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ron w13, Yachats Or      
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