With each passing day the failure of the welfare state to accomplish its stated objectives becomes more and more obvious. Needless to say failure hasn’t dimmed progressive enthusiasm for the politics of command and control.
The progressive project, still lauded by much of the academe, got its start in America with Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Progressive politics depended then, and continues to depend today, on the continuing evisceration of the U.S. Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights and the structural separation of powers designed to limit the power of government in order to protect individual liberty.
In the video that follows, in a conversation with Nick Gillespie of the libertarian Reason Magazine, Judge Napolitano explains the underlying philosophy that guided Roosevelt and Wilson and traces its effects on the modern era.