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What Would We Do?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Do most citizens have a fully reasoned view of what we want government to actually do? Is that at the root of the polarization poisoning American politics? Perhaps a little thought experiment would help.

Polarization: Why It's Destroying Our America, Our World, and Our Lives

Ethan Marcus | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home
Ethan Marcus

Polarization in any environment is never a good thing-- unfortunately, this is what has happened to our world and our country, especially in its policies and politics.

Whose Religious Liberty Is It Anyway? A Question For America's Catholic Leaders

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 01.17.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

When will Catholics start to occupy the United States Conference Catholic Bishops and diocesan offices across the country to demand a moral voice that focuses on Christ's message of love and justice?

Pakistan, Palestine, and the USA

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I woke up this morning to the news that Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, had directly accused Pakistan's Inter-Se...

Crash The Parties

Rich Tafel | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Rich Tafel

If Americans were told to choose between two cars, shirts, colors or family sizes, we'd rise up in revolt. Tell us we have only two parties, however, and we accept it as though any alternative is unimaginable.

Has America Gotten More Religious, Or Just American Politics?

Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Has America gotten more religious, or just American politics? The country has grown ...

What's Happening to America?

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

A decade ago, I read a book that made a lasting impression on me. It was a memoir called Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner, who had recently passed ...

Who Gets to Define Terrorism?

Ethan Casey | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

My column last week on drone attacks so clearly struck a nerve that I intended to write a follow-up this week, addressing some of the many comments an...

The New War of Independence -- Against Corporate Politics

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This July 4, politics is too important to be left to the politicians. The stakes are too high and the system is too broken. Citizen action is everyone's job now.

Were America's Founding Fathers Faithful?

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 08.31.2011 | Divorce

Every July 4th, we celebrate the values that define the quintessential American spirit: community, hard work, individualism, and freedom. These are th...

The Obama-Shaped Leadership Void

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of my purposes in this column is to help myself and my readers understand a rudderless country with a feckless president, a military caste with an...

Pakistan and the American Learning Curve Part 2

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

To write on controversial subjects in a way that I consider helpful takes a capacity for keeping one's cool and a willingness to refrain from scoring cheap points. That's no more true of Pakistan than of any other subject.

Political Parties Restrict Americans' Freedom

Dinkar Jain | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Dinkar Jain

Consider three Americans: a gay businessman who wants to lower taxes; a scientist who teaches evolution but opposes amnesty for the illegal; an agnost...

Can We Still See and Serve Our True National Self-Interest?

James Bacchus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Bacchus

The biggest threat to America's future is not foreign competition. It is the political paralysis that keeps us from rising to the challenge of foreign competition.

On Wisconsin: The View from Pakistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ethan Casey

The point is that no self-respecting human being likes to be bullied, whether in Tripoli or in Madison. In America, less urgently than in Libya but urgently enough, it's high time we reclaimed an honest and legitimately popular politics.

The Yin And Yang Of The Culture War

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Right and Left are going to have to recognize the importance of the role each plays in the well-being of the whole.

In Egypt, Words to Live By

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvette Carnell

If we believe in the words of Thomas Jefferson, who thought that we should have "peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations -- entangling alliances with none," then it's time we live by those words.

Participation In Politics And Theology: Deal With It!

Jason Derr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jason Derr

If we can construct our politics as a conversation that negotiates for common space and shared dreams, then maybe we can stop talking about how to moderate our political discourse.

The Palin Problem (It's Not What You Think...)

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

The real crisis in American politics isn't about one tragic shooting, its about a cultural phenomenon -- the celebration of stupidity -- that has taken over this country.

Is America Any Different from Pakistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

What is it that allows us to consider Jared Loughner a mentally troubled young man acting alone and Faisal Shahzad, the mentally troubled young U.S. citizen who tried to blow up Times Square last May, a terrorist "Made in Pakistan"?

How The Age Of Austerity Will Remake American Politics

The New Republic | Thomas Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In this election, you can glimpse the brutish future of American politics. This new age of brutishness may or may not include the Tea Party. But, even...

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Flannery O'Connor for Congress

Joe Woodward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joe Woodward

When you find yourself agreeing with one of those Sunday morning talking heads, remember, it's like carnival food -- it tastes good, but it isn't good for you.

The Second Coming

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kyle Shamberg

The left has moved farther left, the right has moved farther right, and all lines of communication between the two sides have been cut off. This is a dangerous trend, and one that we must reverse.

Understanding the Tea Party, in New York and Nationwide

Davidson Goldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Davidson Goldin

The media is most fundamentally addicted to conflict, and The Tea Party provides them with the perfect user-generated political movement, tailor-made for a new media world.