Friday, February 18, 2011
Birth of a new 21st century progressive movement in Wisconsin? Here's hoping.
It's not surprising that Robert M. La Follette, Sr's sculpture was a focal point for demonstrators. Wisconsin's "Fighting Bob" La Follette was the great leader of the Progressive movement in the early part of the 20th century. (The T-shirt seems especially appropriate given the importance La Follette and his wife Belle attached to public education.) He has been called "arguably the most important and recognized leader of the opposition to the growing dominance of corporations over the Government." Today we are facing similar issues, and the people of Wisconsin are fighting back again. "Fighting Bob" would be proud of what 21st century Wisconson citizens have accomplished this week. Here's hoping that it's catching and inspires a rebirth of progressivism in the U.S.