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Introduction

A term with its roots in the 19th century, "Progressive" today is often used to avoid using the word "Liberal", or to try to raise the level of political debate above the petty squabbling of conservatives and liberals. The descriptor has been used by both Republicans and Democrats to give a more moderate but activist, reform caste to political positions. Modern progressives believe in economic reform and the use of government to make society better for all its members.

Materials in the UW Libraries

  • Common Cause Magazine
    Suzzallo/Allen Stacks
    HN51 C6522

    Also Available Online

    This reform-minded quarterly examines behind-the-scenes government and looks for ways to improve the system, bring public action and scrutiny to bear and to make elected officials accountable to the people they represent. This magazine does not label its self progressive, but given its penchant for reform, and its commitment to making government work, it has some of the characteristics of a progressive agenda. .

     

  • In These Times
    Microforms & Newspapers Collection
    Microfilm A7719

    Also Available Online

    This journal is almost as hard on the left as it is on the right. It covers labor, environment, government reform, health issues and other public policy issues. It is particularly interested in the conflict between corporate and public interests.

     

  • The Progressive
    Suzzallo/Allen Stacks
    AP2 P8655

    Also Available Online

    Emphasizing investigative journalism, analysis and commentary on political, social and cultural issues, this monthly news magazine covers a wide range of topics with particular emphasis on women's and children's issues, organized labor and the poor.

     

  • Washington Free Press
    Microforms & Newspapers Collection
    Published by The Free Press Collective, this well regarded investigative alternative paper publishes monthly, covering local and national political issues.

     

  • Works in Progress
    Microforms & Newspapers Collection
    Microfilm A9499

    Also Available Online

    Published by the Thurston County Rainbow Coalition, this monthly covers legislative activities in Olympia and focuses on civil liberties.