Progressives have a problem. Aside from their mendacious populism and occasional inversions of propriety, their problem is that they depend upon the economic success of capitalism yet remain in denial of this. Since few Progressives here in America will admit to the broad overlap between their forms of altruism and Christian ethics, they have an unhealthy relationship with scientism and shallow atheism. This rather seals their fate as mostly appearing to be old crypto Marxists with a post-modern lisp. And if that's not them then they're joined to the hip.
The only thing worse than and old Progressive is a young Libertarian, neither of which can be relied upon to instantiate anything of long-standing intitutional value - aside from the idea of permanent revolution.
So how do we resolve this problem, or is it not possible? Creeping socialism can only creep so long - you cannot dim a candle incrementally. Sooner or later, starved of oxygen, it will cease to burn. You see the analogy - Progressives as demonstrated by the presidency of Obama, must turn away from their 'nemesis' of free market capitalism and appoint a few 'socially-responsible' corporations (or 'green' or 'too big to fail') or some other non-economic appellation.
The problem is that Progressives don't seem to have any sense of balance.