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An American Politics Without Vision

Curtis Gans | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics
Curtis Gans

There are clear choices in the 2012 election, but precious little vision. Our political dialogue is about debt, deficits, taxes and emotionally felt peripheral issues. We don't talk any more about what would constitute a good and just society and how to achieve it.

INFOGRAPHIC: How To Travel Like A President

FlipKey | Posted 12.11.2012 | Travel

If you're a frequent flier, then you may have noted the ease with which both President Obama and Governor Romney move along the campaign trail.

The Presidential Debate Was Good Theater, But...

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

Those who do not see any personal benefit to paying taxes to help those in need frequently also have lots of money to invest in political outcomes. Does anyone honestly believe that the numerous groups of poor have the resources to change this reality?

Social Media and the Presidential Debates

2morrowknight | Posted 12.03.2012 | Technology

Social media will be to this election what television was to the 1960 victory of John Kennedy, and what radio was to the multiple victories in the '30s and '40s of Franklin Roosevelt.

Snooki, Romney, and Reason

Zach Udko | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Zach Udko

Buried underneath the heap of controversy caused by that pesky 47% video sits an equally revealing tidbit from last week's news cycle: Mitt Romney prefers Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to Alana "Honey Boo Boo Child" Thompson.

Dazed and Confused

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Victor M. Feraru

As a gay Hispanic male who was a ward of the court as a child, would I receive a fair shake under a Romney administration?

Patience Wrongs

Steven Weber | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Steven Weber

Right-wing extremism is all about patience. That is, until it makes its move and then it is sudden and explosive.

Paul Ryan and the Fight for America's Soul: It Starts in Wisconsin

Ethan Casey | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Like Wisconsin, America at large is bitterly at odds with itself. A starting point for recovering our national community is to acknowledge that we all, whichever side we're on, face the same question: What kind of country do we want to live in?

The Romney Campaign's Situational Demagoguery

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.24.2012 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Worse than Swift Boating and worse than Willie Horton, Mitt Romney is running the most craven, dishonest, and hypocritical campaign we've seen in contemporary American politics.

Where Will the Leadership Come From?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Anyone who knows Pakistan knows that it's simplistic to chant (like the sheep in Animal Farm), "Civilians good, military ba-a-a-ad." But it's also true that a military takeover is not only far from out of the question, but likely only to make things worse. So where can we look for leadership?

Ego-Inflated Nation

Sofia Crutchfield | Posted 08.13.2012 | Teen
Sofia Crutchfield

Politicians are us: They are the symbols of America, the essence of our societal disposition. And they are polluted by egocentrism.

Why I'm Driving Around America

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.12.2012 | Travel
Ethan Casey

America cannot be understood piecemeal, and today's America is crying out for a writer who will connect the dots.

Sub Party In The U.S.A.

Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts

Eric Yahnker's exhibition "Party Sub / Sub Party" presents a playful look at the United States in a time when celebs, sports and sandwiches rule. ...

No Love, No Money for Nonprofits in Election Season

Richard Walden | Posted 05.16.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

For every dollar you give a "Pol, PAC or Party," try to match it with a dollar wisely chosen to meet human needs at your most trusted nonprofit.

Newt: American Political System Is 'Deliberately Stupid'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

Newt Gingrich is not going down without a fight. While campaigning in the Chicago suburbs on Wednesday night, the former House Speaker passed on p...

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

Christopher Lane | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Christopher Lane

A debate about the scope and limits of secularism has begun to collide once more with those wanting to increase the power and presence of religion in the public sphere.

Why an Independent Presidential Candidate Can Succeed in 2012

Andrew S. Doctoroff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Andrew S. Doctoroff

Our two-party system is buckling under the weight of its dysfunction. Exhausted by partisan gridlock, Americans are finally ready to embrace a centrist, pragmatic, independent candidate free from the demands of special interests and ideologues.

Meritocracy in Democracy

Ann Lee | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Ann Lee

Taking a page out of China's leadership selection process, the U.S. can introduce the idea of earned authority as a requirement for running for office.

The Declaration of Interdependence

Jim Schroer | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Jim Schroer

Such has been the patient sufferance of the people of these United States of America; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of political decision making and, when necessary, the actual structure and organization of its government.

U.S. Presidential Politics as Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Philip Seib

Although it is unfortunate that Americans take their political system for granted, it remains a showcase that can enhance America's standing throughout the world.

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.