The Left misunderstands Herbert Croly as sort of a reincarnated Founding Father. In reality, his assumptions are authoritarian and collectivist.
November marks the anniversary of the publication of Herbert Croly’s seminal book, “The Promise of American Life,” in 1909. The book has been republished and reprinted countless times over the decades, and although it is largely unknown outside of the academic community, its themes are foundational to American progressivism today.
Observers outside the progressive consciousness routinely mischaracterize the book as a tome on freedom and liberty. They misunderstand Croly as sort of a reincarnated Founding Father. In reality, the book’s assumptions are authoritarian, and its author a collectivist.