Are You Progressive?

What distinguishes a progressive from a liberal? This is one of the more pervasive ambiguities in contemporary American political discourse.

In a recent issue of the journal Democracy, the historian Sean Wilentz addressed it head-on: Liberals, he argues, recognize the flaws of capitalism, are dedicated to remedying them, and have great achievements to their credit in that regard, notably those of the New Deal, the New Frontier, and the Great Society. Progressives are meanwhile...

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