The Rise Of Progressivism And Administrative Agency In American History


Ronald J. Pestritto, dean of the graduate school of statesmanship at Hillsdale College, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the rise of progressivism in American history and it’s role in shaping our government and modern politicians.

Pestritto’s research on the birth of American progressivism has lead him across the party lines as well as to politicians like Woodrow Wilson. “It’s really amazing how thoroughly [progressivism] comes to dominate politics and political culture toward the end of the 19th century,” Pestritto said. “The idea of progress and the power of that is deeply embedded.” […]

Later in the hour, Domenech and Pestritto discussed whether constitutional limits and ideas are even something that voters actually care about anymore. “Since the election of Barack Obama, we’ve had an extraordinary window of opportunity… to talk about constitutional principles,” Pestritto said. “I worry that the current election cycle season may mark the closing of that window.”

via The Rise Of Progressivism And Administrative Agency In American History

Pretty interesting stuff, I think you’ll enjoy it.


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7 Responses to The Rise Of Progressivism And Administrative Agency In American History

  1. the unit says:

    Übermensch! That’s who WE (progs) are, Stupid! /sarc

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  2. the unit says:

    The congress leaves it up to the administrative agencies to make the rules to carry out the intent of the law. A friend said this to me twenty years ago and that’s true. Of course now the SCOTUS has upheld intent as the court sees it over wording of laws. My friend was clear that the rules are not the law, his opinion. But fine with both Houses of Congress.
    I was impressed with Ben Domenech’s questions and comments even more than the guest.

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    • NEO says:

      Ben is superb here, as he always is. There’s a reason that The Federalist, which he founded, is growing so quickly. This is a really good podcast, I thought.

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  3. the unit says:

    I had to look at this a bit. What is a PhD in Statesmanship anyway? Who uses it? Seems it’s sort of a speciality degree in political science and international relations. Hillsdale’s is based on Churchill where I think most are not. Others are for transformational agendas (progs?). And I guess little emphasis on what Churchill contributed as a model in this day and time. Perhaps everybody but me knew that. Now I do. More transforming. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Glad you found it, I didn’t know it either. But then, if it comes out of Hillsdale, I don’t always look below the surface. Which reminds me, I need to renew my membership in The Churchill Centre. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        A tongue in cheek comment I read about what should be taught in these courses today is “they should offer a PhD in Politics with course curriculum entitled PSC 501 Dealing with Lobbiyists and PSC 603 Taking Kickbacks and etc. lol” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          LOL, indeed 🙂 🙂


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