The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics
Publication Date: July 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Series: First Principles
Keywords: Thought; New Deal; first principles; American Founding
Coverage: United States
Although material circumstances and politicians' self-interest helped to make America what it is today, the most important cause was a change in the prevailing understanding of justice among leading American intellectuals and in the American people. Today's liberalism and the policies that it has generated arose from a conscious repudiation of the principles of the American founding.