We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A top computing firm in China, Bleum, was revealed to demand IQs of 140 and over as the first selection hurdle for job applicants -- but it lowered its bar to 125 for Americans to be sure of keeping good working relations with the USA (ComputerWorld, 7 vii).
The progress that progressives are in favor of is directly down the path Friedrich Hayek referred to as “the Road to Serfdom,” toward ever more statism, ever more regulation, ever more redistribution, socialism, and coercion, supposedly resulting in the ultimate triumph of the rule of experts and a world in which the calculative power of human reason will have abolished tragedy, poverty, inequality, all of the ills to which flesh is heir and all the consequences of human vice and folly.
I sometimes wonder about the massive increase of diagnoses for all kinds of highly obscure diseases where the "sufferer" didn't know he had them or suffer any symptoms.
You go to the doc with the flu, and come home a cancer patient with diabetes, ADD, and whatnot, and of course with expensive drugs for all of them and monthly checkups.
It seems to me that, in its effect, Progressivism is Puritanism is Totalitarianism. "Progressives" are those people nagged by the suspicion that someone, somewhere, may be living by rules and resources the Progressives didn't choose for him or her.