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Did the Progressives Destroy America?

Recorded on August 31, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

A new book of essays, The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science, argues that the thinkers and political leaders of the early twentieth century Progressive Era launched a successful revolt against the principles of the American Founding, debunking natural rights, limited government, the separation of powers and constitutionalism in favor of historical development, centralized power and unlimited government. The book posits that this shift marks the beginnings of modern liberalism and was, according to contributor Thomas West, "as radical as was the American Revolution in 1776," vastly transforming American government, and America, for the worse. West will defend this thesis, with comments and criticisms provided by two experts on the history and politics of progressive thought.

Dr. West is a contributor to The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science, published by Rowman & Littlefield in cooperation with The Claremont Institute, where he is a Senior Fellow. William A. Schambra is the Director of the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, and Will Marshall is President and Founder of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), also in Washington, DC.