It was French king Louis XIV who declared, “L’etat c’est moi” (“I am the state”), indicating his insistence that he possessed absolute power over his subjects. This attitude is shared by Donald Trump, president of the United States.
It is capitalism and the competitive market process that generates solutions to the knowledge problems of the society, including the “informational asymmetry” that naturally follows from any developed social system of division of labor.
American “nationalism,” if we are to call it this, is neither identity-politics socialism nor this newly proclaimed “conservative” national socialism. It was, and should be, an allegiance to individual liberty and unlimited economic freedom of trade and association for all things peaceful.
“[T]he political system is most conducive to the public good in which the rightful liberty of the individual is least abridged.”
Keep in mind what “progressive” means in this political context: an increase in the size, scope, and cost of government in American society.
What is America, and what does it represent?
The Declaration of Independence, proclaimed by members of the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, is the founding document of the American experiment in free government. What is too often forgotten is that what the Founding Fathers argued against in the Declaration was the heavy and intrusive hand of big government.