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Buckley and Vidal: Best of Enemies and the Dawn of Theatrical Journalism

Jon Eig | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

The realization that two such brilliant minds -- the brightest of their generation -- could allow personal hatred and the burning desire to win at all costs completely derail any semblance of useful debate is the real heartbreak of Best of Enemies.

How Radically To Uproot The Root Of Our Political Misery

Living Room Conversations | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

We here at LivingRoomConversations.org consider ourselves "radicals." Radical doesn't mean vandal or hooligan. It means, literally and operationally, "from the root."

Why Hillary Clinton Should Be Like George Washington

Pythia Peay | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Pythia Peay

America should not be in the business of establishing family monarchies. It should be in the business of building lasting democracies.

The Real Hillary... Really!

Jill Iscol | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Jill Iscol

For those of us who have had the opportunity to spend time with Hillary Clinton behind the scenes, away from the cameras, it's time to rally against those who want to create an image of her that suits their agenda and not the real woman.

Jewish American Exile

Jesse Bogner | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

How can we ensure the survival of the American Jewish identity? And further, is it important? In my humble opinion, the survival of the Jewish people around the world is nothing short of a miracle.

Can American Muslims Become a Cohesive Political Force in the 2016 Election?

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Muqtedar Khan

Given the turmoil in the Arab world, devastated by wars and civil wars, it will be difficult to bring all the Arabs and Muslims under one political banner. What are the common political goals of Yemeni and Egyptian Arabs today in the U.S.? How do we unite Pakistanis and Arabs ?

I'm a liberal. I eat at Applebee's.

David Akadjian | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
David Akadjian

People laugh when I profess my love of Applebee's. My liberal friends make fun of me because it's a chain restaurant. My conservative friends laugh because it goes against stereotype.

The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

The Two-Party System vs. the Tea Party

Jeff Freedman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Jeff Freedman

There will be no Republican President as long as the Tea Party is part of the Republican Party. As soon as their leadership recognizes this, and comes to this conclusion, the Tea Party's days of de facto importance in American politics will become a footnote, however lengthy.

Matt Yglesias: American Democracy Is Doomed

Vox | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

America’s constitutional democracy is going to collapse. Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate c...

An Under-Examined Angle on Money-in-Politics: 'Winner-Take-All' Elections

Brian Boyko | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There is a broad understanding among the American people that there's too much money in American politics and that the dependence on their donors to provide that money leaves elected officials without the autonomy to properly represent their constituents.

Yanis Varoufakis: The Un-Politician We've Been Waiting For?

Nancy Kotting | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Nancy Kotting

I believe Yanis Varoufakis represents the grounded, value-based intellectual of a leader who has what it takes to survive the relentless demands for transparency in today's environment of global connectivity.

American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

America: Now What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of the strongest impressions my 18,000-mile, 3 1/2-month road trip left me with was that not only are we Americans not all on the same page (to put it mildly), and not only do we not even want to be on the same page, but we live in different worlds.

Six Bullets

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

We have very little time before the cumulative effect of socioeconomic inequality and racial bias take an irrevocable toll on the United States. Please, Mr. Obama, end your vacation not for Iraq but for America.

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Obama's 'Let's Have Tea' Approach to Foreign Policy

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Compare the "let's have tea" depiction of American foreign policy to the classic image of President Theodore Roosevelt's "big stick" diplomacy and it's clear that something is terribly wrong with America's approach to crises around the world.

Floor Pizza and the New Mediocrity

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Joseph A. Domino

As the quality of life continues to decline in America, I've been wracking my fevered brain for the single, perfect image to represent our downward spiraling dystopia. Like the "Grand Unification" theory sought by physicists.

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

America's Late Imperial Paradox

Ian Buruma | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

The much-vaunted "liberal order" policed by the U.S. was a product of World War II and the Cold War. Germany and Japan had to be kept down, the Communist powers had to be contained, and the old countries of Europe had to learn to live with one another under unifying pan-national institutions. All of this was made possible by American money and military might. As a result, the Free World, in Western Europe and East Asia, became a US dependency. This cannot go on forever. Indeed, the arrangements are already fraying. But then comes the old imperial paradox. The longer others remain dependent on the U.S., the less capable they will be of taking care of their own affairs, including their security. And, like an authoritarian parent, the U.S. itself, despite its admonitions to its allies to pull their weight, is often loath to let go of its increasingly unruly dependents.

Elizabeth Warren and America's New Progressive Moment

Michael Cecil | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Cecil

Put simply, Warren represents the strongest counterweight to the influence of moneyed interests over our political process.

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

China Needs To Lighten Up. America Needs To Tighten Up.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

As governing systems, both China's autocracy and America's democracy are facing crisis. In many ways, their crises are the mirror image of each other -- and so are the solutions. To fix itself, China needs more re-politicization -- robust popular feedback and accountability to aerate its hidebound mandarinate. American democracy needs more de-politicization --stronger meritocratic, non-partisan and deliberative practices and institutions -- to escape its capture by the populist, short-term horizon of voters, organized special interests and the paralyzing gridlock of its adversarial political parties. Our two political cultures are as distinct as our economies are intertwined. Yet both have much to learn from each other's strengths as well as weaknesses. In short, China needs to lighten up; America needs to tighten up.

Will 2014 End up like 1914?

Larry Summers | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Larry Summers

Economic success does not assure peace, but economic failure and disintegration almost assures conflict. It is incumbent on the leaders of the major nations of the world to figure out how to achieve more rapid and sustained economic growth. A commitment to maintain strength, to uphold the international order, is an inherent and deeply-seated part of any successful global system. Great powers can never bluff. When they bluff, when their intentions are uncertain, they are tested. When they are tested, questions arise, and the prospect of conflict mounts.