The View From 1776

California: Poster Child For Liberal-Progressivism

Many factors are implicated in California’s rush to the edge of financial oblivion.  Seldom noted is the underlying push from liberal-progressivism, beginning early in the 20th century.

The “good government” mind-set of Progressives, who later merged with the Socialist Party, fostered a modern version of Jean Jacques Rousseau’s faith in the beneficence of primitive society before the advent of private property.  Restructuring political society to control or eliminate private property rights, Progressives thought, would create a limitless cornucopia of welfare-state benefits for the state’s growing population.