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Only recently have scholars outside the historical profession identified progressivism for what it is: a fundamental rupture with the roots of American order.

By Bradley C. S. Watson, The Federalist, Aug. 17, 2021

This article is reprinted from RealClearPublicAffairs, with permission.

Bradley C. S. Watson is Professor of Politics at Saint Vincent College, where he holds the Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought. …

Bradley C. S. WatsonAmerica’s Founders understood political change is inevitable. They thought it must come about through constitutional mechanisms, with the consent of the governed, and must never infringe on the natural rights of citizens.

Progressives – rejecting the idea that any rights, including the right of consent to government, are natural – accept no such limits. Progressivism insists that the principled American constitutionalism of fixed natural rights and limited and dispersed powers must be overturned and replaced by an organic, evolutionary model of the Constitution. …

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