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Progressives and Reactionaries... A history lesson

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Aug 2, 2011.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    "Progressives" are how the communists label people who take up the communist/socialist cause.

    "Reactionaries" are those who are opposed to the Progressives, communism and socialism.

    While these terms have been known for a long time, the West first became acquainted with them first hand in 1953, when the first POWs were being released by the North Koreans and Chicoms.

    Those prisoners who embraced socialism and communist ideals were labeled "progressives" in the communist run POW camps. They often got better treatment and better food rations than the "reactionaries", those who opposed communism and socialism.

    It's interesting that liberals today refer to themselves as "progressives". Even more interesting have been the liberal leaders calling conservatives "radicals" and 'extremists" during any legislation that might curb the ever increasing size of the socialist programs.

    I wonder if they know the history of the words they use, whether they're ignorant, or if they really know and are proud of it?
     
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    TOOLMAKER 251 Active Member

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    The progressive party goes back 100 years.
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Actually the terms go back even further... to the French Revolution. Marx and Lenin applied them to communism vs capitalism.

    Progressives were those leading and supporting the french Revolution.

    Conservatives were the monarchy.

    Reactionaries were those opposed to the Progressives.
     
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    So, what is your point? Are progressives bad and reactionaries good, or the other way around? Can people be categorized like that to any sensible end?
     
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    In the light of America being a Republic, Progressives are EVIL and that's a kind word to describe them.

    There is nothing "sensible" about them! They love socialism/communism over Freedom!!
     
  6. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    mallard2, I made the point in my initial post:

    <i>"I wonder if they know the history of the words they use, whether they're ignorant, or if they really know and are proud of it?"</i>
     
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