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  •  Are you at all familiar with how the (0+ / 0-)

    progressive movement organized itself? Things such as the Non-Partisan League out in the Dakotas and Minnesota? I'm just beginning to read about it, and it seems a story that desperately needs to be told as disappointment grows with President Obama's tilt toward Wall Street and the corporatist status quo.

    And you should definitely be aware of Charles Lindbergh Sr., father of the aviator. Banking and Currency and The Money Trust, by Rep. Charles A. Lindbergh

    A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

    by NBBooks on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 05:13:36 PM PST

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    •  it pretty much began with the Grangers (0+ / 0-)

      The Grangers were farmers who were being squeezed by the railroad companies, and organized in several places to pass anti-railroad local laws. Neither the Dem nor Repub party wanted to piss off the railroaders, so the Grangers eventually expanded into a third party, the Progressives. When the Progressives began having local and statewide electoral successes (Bob LaFollette being the most famous), Teddy Roosevelt and, especially, Howard Taft turned the Republican Party towards the Progressive agenda--they were the "trust-busters". Roosevelt was actually pretty pro-business, but was pissed by the incredible arrogance of the Robber Barons --when he filed charges against JP Morgan, Morgan sent Roosevelt a note to "have your man meet my man and we'll work this out".  Roosevelt responded that NO business was the equal of the United States Government, and set out to cut the trusts down to size and remind them who really had the legal authority. And when Roosevelt split from the Republicans to run under the Progressive (Bull Moose) ticket, the Democrat Wilson was able to win election and carry out some of the Progressive anti-corporate reforms (though Wilson was motivated more by military necessity than anything -- he knew World War One was coming, and he needed to make sure there would be no labor trouble or corporate shenanigans that would interfere with the coming war effort).

      Back then, by the way, it was the Republicans who were the liberal party of social change (the party having been formed on an anti-slavery platform) and the Democrats who were the pro-business anti-change conservatives (the party holding power in the old Confederacy and establishing Jim Crow). Wilson, being a visionary Democrat, was an oddity.

      Dem Party Motto: "Hey, at least we're better than nothing!"

      by Lenny Flank on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 05:34:53 PM PST

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