Progressives usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but advocate for significant government coercion to control the economy and redistribute wealth. Progressives tolerate alternative lifestyles and generally favor a government-funded “safety net” to help the disadvantaged, or to reduce wealth inequality. Most advocate rigid regulation of business as well as strict environmental regulations. Progressives support government action to promote equal opportunity, but can be divided on questions of free expression, particularly when expression is thought to traumatize victims of past injustice. (Famous progressives include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.)

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