There is no progressive agenda today. This remains an era of middle class elitism. By definition, no progressive OR populist agenda can exclude a focus on our poverty crisis. Now we can see why Republicans since Reagan have worked so consistently to phase out education, especially about our own modern history. Each time in the past that the wealthy elite gained too much power, to the harm of the country, the masses -- poor and middle class, workers and the jobless -- united to push back, to everyone's benefit. That can't happen this time.
Consider the theme of the media marketed to liberals. The message is that our deregulated corporate state is now so perfect that everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all, therefore no need for poverty relief. By ignoring the consequences -- deep poverty -- they convince themselves that our current system works. It doesn't. The overall quality of life in the US fell from #1 when Reagan was first elected, down to #43 by the time Obama was elected, and we can no longer adequately compete in the modern world market. If we had sense, we would look at the policies that took the US to its height of wealth and productivity, from FDR to Reagan, and examine what we did to cause such a rapid deterioration of the US itself.