Success is a dirty word to progressives


Elizabeth Warren’s recent speech to set the waypoints for the progressive way forward reminds me of another journey she took us on. That journey is worth revisiting to remind us of her singular vision of progressivism, devoid of the 11 point window dressing.

As journeys are a metaphor for life, the road is often bumpy with the destinations few and far between. In life, the desire to succeed is frequently accompanied by the taste of failure. You push yourself to achieve your goals and find short lived rewards of accomplishment. You have worked hard for what you achieve and what you have. They are your rewards and your legacy that measure your success.

Yet the progressive view of success, the cycle of accomplishment and reward, is summed up by Elizabeth Warren’s previous statement:

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you.

But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.
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