The Problem with Progressivism


Progressivism asserts a new view of the purpose of American government. This political philosophy seeks to replace Founding principles—such as equality, consent of the governed, and separation of powers—with the belief that all ideas are true only in the contexts in which they develop. As a result, Progressives believe the universal and timeless claims of the Declaration of Independence, which serve as the foundation of American constitutionalism, are no longer true or relevant today.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.