During your speech you asked the rhetorical question of the group "what is economic justice" and there is an answer to that question in the progressive's own words. http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/6711/pg6711.txt The last paragraph of chapter 5 of the book "Philip Dru, Administrator" this is what it says:
Quote:The strong will help the weak, the rich will share with the poor, and it will not be called charity, but it will be known as justice. And the man or woman who fails to do his duty, not as he sees it, but as society at large sees it, will be held up to the contempt of mankind.
There are a lot of things that they wrote, explaining the things they were planning on doing. One of the most important aspects of progressivism is their view of the administrative state. Regarding the writings of Woodrow Wilson and Frank Goodnow:
http://progressingamerica.blogspot.com/ ... nical.html
Van Hise wrote that it's regulation, not socialism
http://progressingamerica.blogspot.com/ ... n-not.html
Van Hise, who was very influential with Theodore Roosevelt recommended Van Hise's book "Concentration and control" in an article he wrote titled "Two Noteworthy Books on Democracy". (end of paragraph 9)
John Dewey wrote of the need for social regulation that goes further than general regulation:
http://progressingamerica.blogspot.com/ ... n-and.html
Woodrow Wilson called the constitution political witchcraft in his book "Congressional government" (page 331, 332) Wilson also stated that "America is not now and cannot in the future be a place of unrestricted individual enterprise" at a campaign stop in Scranton, PA.
Herbert Croly lamented "the dictatorship of the word" (referring to the constitution) in his book "Progressive Democracy". Roosevelt also recommended this very book in 'Two noteworthy books'.
Theodore Roosevelt openly pondered if business should be strangled or controlled in an op/ed he wrote titled "The Conservation of Business, Shall We Strangle or Control it?"
While I do have blog entries for all of these, I didn't link to it for most of them because the point isn't to create more traffic for my blog. Have at the direct sources all you want. Sure I would certainly appreciate more traffic, my goal is to make this stuff easier to find and discuss.