Constitution 201

“Post-1960s Progressivism”

Overview

Post-1960s Progressivism is an incoherent blend of the earlier Progressive emphasis on material and spiritual uplift coupled with a new, adamantly relativistic orientation. This altered Progressivism champions an understanding of freedom as “the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the meaning of human life.” Policies that attack the traditional family through the promotion of sexual liberation, the redefinition of racial equality in terms of atonement for alleged historical victimization, and a preference for the preservation of the environment over human flourishing—demonstrate that post-1960s Progressivism not only rejects the ethical ideal of earlier Progressivism; it also denies the Founders’ conception of equality and rights as grounded in “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

Lecture

Readings

Note: all readings link to Hillsdale's online Constitution Reader, also available at ConstitutionReader.com.

Required

  1. Lyndon B. Johnson - "Remarks at the University of Michigan" (Excerpt)
  2. Lyndon B. Johnson - "Commencement Address at Howard University" (Excerpt 1)
  3. Lyndon B. Johnson - "Commencement Address at Howard University" (Excerpt 2)
  4. Lyndon B. Johnson - "Commencement Address at Howard University" (Excerpt 3)

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John W. Grant is assistant professor of politics at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Eureka College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.