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WILSON THE PROGRESSIVE BY LOUIS D. BRANDEIS
Editor's Note. This is the first
of two articles written exclusive
ly for this newspaper by Louis
D. Brandeis of Boston. Brandeis
is one of thenation's great lawyers
and a progressive, the sincerity of
whose convictions is beyond ques
tion. He is an enthusiastic sup
porter of Woodrow Wilson for
president, and in this article and
in the one to follow he tells why,
in his opinion, the cause of pro-
Louis D. Brandeis.
gressiveism will best be served by
By Louis D. Brandeis.
Governor Wilson possesses the
qualities essential for.a great pro
gressive president. He is cour
ageous and straightforward ; he is
able andBfirm and sound of judg
ment. He is patient and open
He is thoroughly Democratic i
in spirit. He recognizes that all
of the people are entitled to equan
opportunities, ana ne appreciates
that the development of all of the
people is essential to the fulfill
ment of our American ideals. He
understands the dangers incident
to the control by a few men of our
industries and of our finance. .
In the progressive movement
there are three necessary periods?
The first is investigation; the sec-?
ond, agitation; the third, leglsla?
tion. They are, jn the main, suc
cessive periods, but each overlaps
the other to a certain extent. The1
work of investigation and of agi
tation has been largely perform
ed. Men of insight have discern-?
ed and disclosed the evils exist-?
ing in our industrial, social and
political institutions, and the dan
ger to the common weal. Men of
courage and of emotion, endowed
with the dramatic qualities of thp
great preacher, have pierced even:
tha't armor of smug complacency
with which prosperity is apt tc?
envelop heart and head.
The somnolent haye been!
aroused; the indifferent Tiave been
fired with enthusiasm; the timid
have at last learned to fear the
evil more than they fear the evit
doer. The eve of victory has
A large majority of the Amer-
ican people recognize that grave
abuses exist and are anxious to
put an end to them. We pro
gressives are now sufficient irf"
number to .compel the adoption dfi
remedies. But the more'difficujtj
task is before us that of device
ing the appropriate remedies ana
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