tj85016 saidAmericans have been "socialists" since WW2, they're just too fucking stupid, delusional, or brainwashed to admit it
Actually socialism in the US took root in 1912 when the voters had to choose between three "progressives" (Wilson, Taft, Roosevelt) and one socialist (Debs) for president. All four supported legislation and constitutional amendments that set into motion a steady "progressive" movement of government towards socialism. The name "progressivism" was adopted as a means of bypassing the inherent disdain Americans had at that time for Socialism.
Contrary to popular myth, "progressivism" has nothing to do with progress but small almost imperceptive innocuous seeming 'progressive'
changes towards socialism to avoid the radical socialism that had already emerged in Europe by that time. For all purposes the objectives of progressivism are identical with Fabian socialism that originated in the UK 40 years earlier. The Fabian socialists took their name from the Roman general Fabian whose battle tactics have been called the Fabian Strategy, used by non-radical Socialists and Progressives.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_strategy
Fabianism, (Progressivism) definitions❝1
Of or relating to the caution and avoidance of direct confrontation typical of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus.2
. Of, relating to, or being a member of the Fabian Society, which was committed to gradual rather than revolutionary means for spreading socialist principles.
** (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, relating to, or resembling the delaying tactics of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus; cautious; circumspect.
** Seeking victory by delay and harassment rather than by a decisive battle, as in the manner of Fabius Maximus defeating Hannibal in the Second Punic War.❞
Never forget early progressive contributions to US culture.
The first was Eugenics
, supported by Winston Churchill, Margaret Sanger, sexologist Norman Haire, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Wodrow Wilson, Eugene Debs, economist John Maynard Keynes, enema and cornflake freak John Harvey Kellogg, sociologist, historian, civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois and Socialist Leader Adolf Hitler.
The second great contribution of Progressives to the US was the 18th amendment for the Prohibition of liquor.