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.
We have often wondered here what the end point of Progressivism is. It often seems to us to be the point at which the State controls most everything and provides all the things people minimally need - except for individual freedom.
Given history, and everyday experience, this sort of childlike trust in the wisdom, efficacy, and altruism of the State seems deeply misguided, and the endpoint usually consists of a sort of serfdom of the people and a sort of monarchy of the State. Eventually, people with backbones and spirit rebel against it if they are able. (However, since fully-developed State utopias are usually, necessarily, oppressive police states, and the rebellious people are disarmed and lacking in funds, it's difficult.)
Visions lead to utopias, but once utopia is achieved, there is no more room for vision. Visions, like viruses, are competitive creatures. When a Vision achieves a static order by killing all other visions, then vision dies, but that Vision remains with its dead hand on the wheel of history.
After WWII, the British left took over the state and tried to establish a system where the state would supply all the needs of its citizens in addition to giving them an allowance so that they had pocket change. Citizen became the teenage children of the state. Britain was forced to maintained food rationing until the early 1950s.
"All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state." - Benito Mussolini one of Italy's most prominent Socialists prior to WWI
Progressives are the ultimate statists. They want no pipelines or drilling or mining. They would remove all damns if possible just to help out the fishes. They prefer quaint windmills or passive solar as they can understand them. Electricity...not so much....and Christianity, well that's like electricity...outside their vision. Progressives should be put on suicide watch, whether they understand suicide or not.