Posted on August 31, 2010 by Philip Siddons| 1 Comment | Edit

Those who dwell within the fear generating machine don’t seem to have English as their first language. It might be the case that they haven’t read enough for a number of decades and they no longer know the meaning of the words they use. Take “progressive” or “liberation theology.” If you were to write their definitions up on a blackboard and ask them to go line-by-line and rant about any of o our language’s definitions (see below), how long could they talk?

It happened during Hitler and again during the McCarthy era. People spoke such crooked hate-filled lies so often that whole societies started believing what they were saying and it became conventional thinking. In Germany, it was said that Jews, gays and Gypsies were said to be hurting the German people. In our country Senator McCarthy convinced the nation, for a while, that Communists and Socialists are hurting the American people enough that they should be fired by their employers and punished.

If we refuse to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat the same horrific mistakes.

Here are their definitions:

From Dictionary.com:


/prəˈgrɛs ɪv/ Show Spelled[pruh-gres-iv] Show IPA


1. favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, esp. in political matters: a progressive mayor.

2. making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community.

3. characterized by such progress, or by continuous improvement.

4. ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to any of the Progressive parties in politics.

5. going forward or onward; passing successively from one member of a series to the next; proceeding step by step.

6. noting or pertaining to a form of taxation in which the rate increases with certain increases in taxable income.

7. of or pertaining to progressive education: progressive schools.

8. Grammar . noting a verb aspect or other verb category that indicates action or state going on at a temporal point of reference.

9. Medicine/Medical . continuously increasing in extent or severity, as a disease.


10. a person who is progressive or who favors progress or reform, esp. in political matters.

11. ( initial capital letter ) a member of a Progressive party.

12. Grammar .

a. the progressive aspect.

b. a verb form or construction in the progressive, as are thinking  in They are thinking about it.

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1600–10; progress + -ive

—Related forms

pro·gres·sive·ly, adverb

pro·gres·sive·ness, pro·gres·siv·i·ty //  /ˌproʊ grɛˈsɪv ɪ ti/ Show Spelled[proh-gre-siv-i-tee] Show IPA, noun

an·ti·pro·gres·sive, adjective

non·pro·gres·sive, adjective, noun

non·pro·gres·sive·ly, adverb

non·pro·gres·sive·ness, noun

qua·si-pro·gres·sive, adjective

qua·si-pro·gres·sive·ly, adverb

sem·i·pro·gres·sive, adjective, noun

sem·i·pro·gres·sive·ly, adverb

sem·i·pro·gres·sive·ness, noun

ul·tra·pro·gres·sive, adjective, noun

ul·tra·pro·gres·sive·ly, adverb

ul·tra·pro·gres·sive·ness, noun

un·pro·gres·sive, adjective

un·pro·gres·sive·ly, adverb

un·pro·gres·sive·ness, noun

1, 9.  liberal. 5.  successive.

From Dictionary.com:

liberation theology


a 20th-century Christian theology, emphasizing the Biblical and doctrinal theme of liberation from oppression, whether racial, sexual, economic, or political.

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