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Three Fundamental Differences Between Progressives and Conservatives, Pt. 1

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Part I of III When caught at something, it's best to come clean. I was recently caught by the Crow, who -- in a response to my earlier post about po...

The Complementary Wings of the Republican Party

Bill Lasarow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lasarow

The more traditional wing of the Republican Party has for generations conducted a program that they casually and regularly accuse liberals of conducting: Class warfare. In fact it is they who conduct class warfare.

In Defense of "Big" Government

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Those who demonize the institution of government as inherently opposed to the people forget the truths laid down by our Founders. Government is not against the people: it is the people.

The 'Fascinating Fascism' of Sarah Palin

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Sarah Palin lacks optimism and humor, two of Reagan's strongest traits. If she runs, it'll be on a platform of grievance. And her speeches will drip with bilious sarcasm.

GOP Ploy to Curry Latino Favor Via Puerto Rican Statehood Is Misguided

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

The recent GOP intelligentsia strategy to curry favor for Latino votes via support for Puerto Rican Statehood while opposing immigration reform is misguided, misinformed, and probably disingenuous.

Conservatism's Death Gusher

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

Those who are not held captive by the conservative worldview should be able to recognize the causal role of conservatism in the Death Gusher in the Gulf. Many progressives do, but keep it to themselves.

Conservative & Corporate Failure in the Deepwater Disaster

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The only things more astounding than conservatives' record of failure, are their denials of "personal responsibility" for the ensuing disast...

Reaching The Wrongest Conclusion About Unions!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

A letter-writer in my local paper today reaches the wrongest possible conclusion and demonstrates the core of the conservative ideological argument: All the benefits of our economy go to the top few at the expense of the rest of us.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream (Austin, Texas: PearlGate Publishing 2008) 192 pp.

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Joseph A. Palermo

Wurzelbacher's deep understanding of the intellectual umbilical cords of modern conservatism is why Mike Gallagher and Sean Hannity have offered their high praise of his work.

Exposing Glenn Beck as a Dangerous Fraud, Part 2

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

Beck owes it to his audience to "step out of character" and admit, on his show, that he's staging an elaborate hoax. His hero Orson Welles did it, and so can he.

No More Profiles in Caution

Tony Blankley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Blankley

The president's nominee for the Supreme Court should be defeated by filibuster exclusively because he (or she) will inevitably vote to uphold as constitutional the unconstitutional health care insurance purchase mandate.

By the Way, Conservatism Is Dead

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In case you've forgotten, classic conservatism promised to keep us safe, reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and manage the economy. Republican broke each of these commitments.

Bruce Bartlett, David Frum, and the Closing of the Conservative Mind

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

The American mind may very well still be closing, in a cultural way, but the conservative mind seems to have been shut down altogether.

Christianity and Conservatives

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mike Lux

This whole Christianity and progressives thing clearly gets people going. I'm glad I was able to stimulate such a big conversation.

The Violent Consequences of Conservative Speech

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Conservatives, including those in the mainstream and within the Republican Party, would do well to repudiate violent actions taken against Democrats.

The Ultimate Contradiction-in-Terms: Right-wing Christianity

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mike Lux

Conservative Christians manage to ignore literally hundreds of Biblical quotes about social justice by making Christianity a religion solely focused on one very selfish goal: whether they get into heaven or not.

Tea Party Jacobins: The State Of American Politics Today

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mark Lilla The New York Review of Books The Tea Party Jacobins "The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart" by Bill...

Beck's Brutal Vision of the Perfect Society

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

From his paranoid, delusional ranting about how liberals hate anyone successful to his Social Darwinist view of society and nature, Glenn Beck laid out the conservative line and took it to its logical conclusion. And the audience loved it.

Don't Fall for It: British Conservatives Haven't Changed

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

The reality of the British Conservative Party today severely punctures David Cameron's central pitch -- and he knows it.

The Snowpocalypse and the Golden Rule

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The instinct to shovel the drive of the 85-year-old neighbor in a snowstorm should apply to making sure she is taken care of in terms of her Social Security and Medicare as well.

The New Right's Secret Sauce

Zack Exley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Exley

The New Right is succeeding because it has a comprehensive worldview. The worldview is more than a set of policies, it's a complete way of thinking about human nature, history, our present circumstances and the future.

Ronald Reagan, Conservatism, and the Decline of the American Empire

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Obama, to me, is much closer to the spirit of America than Reagan ever was -- think back to Obama's speech in Philadelphia in '08 -- but Reagan remains much more accessible, in an emotional sense.

Protein Wisdom and the Radness of Crowds

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barrett Brown

How will Americans look as the globalization of the internet brings a billion new foreigners in close contact with those of us who express our political views online, no matter the medium?

How Does it Feel to be Praised by Bill Kristol for Critiquing Corporatism in the Democratic Party?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

In our roles as objective political analysts, Kristol and I foresee the same results from a corporatist-dominated Democratic Party. Of course as political partisans, Kristol sees it with glee and I see it with dread.

Steven Hayward Laments 'Brain-Dead Conservatism'

Washington Post | Steven Hayward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the glory days of the conservative movement, from its ascent in the 1960s and '70s to its success in Ronald Reagan's era, there was a balance b...