I always thought this was a fairly "progressive" forum (and still do). In fact I think I recall Mr Nelson himself using the term to contrast with "conservative". Broadly progressive left, liberal-left, or "centrist", etc (perhaps stretching to some easy-going conservatives), encompassing things like tolerance, empathy, science, humane distribution of wealth, etc. As opposed to less tolerant, more authoritarian stances, whether hard-right, militant far-left, or nutty edge of woke spectrum (and it is a wide spectrum).
Maybe it's a semantic thing, and no blame here, but does "progressive" now signify woke, or even fanatically woke, for many of you? That's the impression I get from reading some posts on here lately. If that's the case, it seems like a massive victory for the Paul Dacre or Steve Bannon style of framing, and that seems tragic to me. Let's not turn progressive into a dirty word.