The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Bullets First
Progressive infatuation with gun control and population disarmament stems from their foundational premises about the nature of reality. Progressivism was born out of the end of the frontier and of frustrations with the restraints of the Constitution. Politicians wanted more power than the Constitution allowed. They rejected the entire theory of natural rights, and the idea that governments exist by the consent of the governed. From heritage.org, a quote from Charles Merriam, an early, leading Progressive political scientist:
The individualistic ideas of the “natural right” school of political theory, indorsed in the Revolution, are discredited and repudiated…. The origin of the state is regarded, not as the result of a deliberate agreement among men, but as the result of historical development, instinctive rather than conscious; and rights are considered to have their source not in nature, but in law.
Progressives believed (and still do) that experts should rule society, thatpost was originally published on this site