As a self described Progressive, Bernie Sanders was shut down by the unproclaimed Globalist, Hillary Clinton. The look on Bernie’s face during Hillary’s acceptance speech told the story.
In my view a progressive believes in social services for all provided by progressive tax rates. In all not a bad idea. Of course there has to be a balance, tax rates can not be so high as to be oppressive.
It is when people that receive social services that have a greater worth than the value received by actually working, that you get a dissatisfaction with Progressivism. Of course that was not Hillary’s reason, she is a pawn of the big money Globalism.
So if Progressivism favours the poor, and Globalism favours the rich, where is the middle class left? Shrinking. Well a little bit. The rich are growing and the poor are stagnant as percentages. So the middle class is actually shrinking. Sorry I don’t have the figures but I think I am close.
In reality there has to be a balance between all philosophies, it does not help when there is an idealistic preference towards one philosophy or the other.
Personally I prefer a philosophy of equality and rewards for labor. Business should be encouraged and capital gains(taxes) should be progressive.
As far as I know, Trump does not describe himself as having any philosophy, other than he likes to make deals. Maybe he is an activist pragmatic.