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Daniel Patrick Moynihan

On Welfare Reform, Moynihan Was Right

Greg Weiner | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Greg Weiner

While I was writing a book on Moynihan's political thought, even admirers of the late statesman often asked: "What are you going to do with welfare reform?" With respect to the worst poverty, Moynihan was right.

OK, Bernie -- Time to Face Reality and Urge Your Supporters to Do the Same

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Now is the time to begin uniting the Democratic Party and reaching out to independents who share your understanding that Republicans Donald Trump or Ted Cruz would be a disaster for the nation.

Keep Pat Moynihan's Name On His Final Grand Project

Daniel Rose | Posted 03.24.2016 | New York
Daniel Rose

A society defines itself in various ways, most clearly through the heroes it honors and the values they express. Daniel Patrick Moynihan deserves to be so honored by being permanently identified with the grand New York transportation center he envisioned and successfully championed.

As Trump Burns Republicans, Democrats Shouldn't Fiddle

Greg Weiner | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Greg Weiner

A Donald Trump nomination would probably mean the immolation of the Republican Party. Democrats should not cheer it. Opposition and criticism -- the collision of idea against idea -- has historically kept the Democratic Party intellectually vibrant and politically sharp.

No Accounting for Taste

Charles Kolb | Posted 02.29.2016 | Media
Charles Kolb

When I was a boy, my mother convinced me that to become a lawyer, I must study Latin. I followed her advice and took Latin for four enjoyable years. S...

In Defense of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Greg Weiner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

The new excoriation of Daniel Patrick Moynihan is under way. The character of this one is different from the last.

What Liberals Owe Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Greg Weiner | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Greg Weiner

The characterization of Moynihan as believing the family, rather than systemic oppression, was the "master problem" picks up the causal chain several links in.

Full Employment for Blue Collar Men

Paul A. London | Posted 05.26.2016 | Business
Paul A. London

I am reading "Daniel Patrick Moynihan, A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary" edited by Steven Weisman. It is a good title because Moynihan was indeed a visionary.

Manhattan Institute Tackles the Future of Black America

Cherylyn Harley LeBon | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Recently, the Manhattan Institute convened a day-long forum, "Prospects for Black America: The Moynihan Report Turns 50." In the aftermath of Ferguso...

The Unconservatism of Micromanaging the Poor

Greg Weiner | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

Of course, all subsidies, including charitable ones, are liable to abuse. That is not, of itself, a reason not to give them. Crucially, on conservative premises, that is also not a reason to attempt to eliminate all exploitation.

What Pat Moynihan Actually Said

Greg Weiner | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

What precisely Moynihan did to defend privilege is utterly unclear. Regardless, it is Spielberg, not Moynihan, doing the narrating and implying. What Moynihan said was that racism and poverty produced family breakdown, not that poor African-Americans caused either.

Fifty Years Ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Was Right

Greg Weiner | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

His prescient report on the African-American family, published March 1, 1965, was neither the first time nor the last. He was right about the collapse of the Soviet Union, which he forecast a decade ahead of the event, right about the rise of ethnicity in international politics, right about the decline of moral standards in the United States.

Abolishing the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The abolition of the CIA could be a conscious step in tearing our government out of the grip of the war consensus -- this unelected force that feeds on perpetual global mistrust and hatred, the exact opposite of what true security requires.

Howard Fineman

Hillary's Bio Is A Hard Slog, But These Political Memoirs Are Well Worth Your Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton launched her book tour here amid the screeching of partisan spin and the collective yawn of would-be literary critics in t...

For the Roberts Court, Facts Are Malleable

Paul Gordon | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Government advocates have watched with dismay as the Supreme Court has systematically dismantled campaign finance laws, all while making it harder for individual Americans to secure their right to vote. This pattern isn't just the result of the conservative justices' misreading of the Constitution.

On George Will, Paul Ryan and Assumptions About Urban Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Yesterday is yesterday, and progress is happening. Nevertheless, George Will's piece about Paul Ryan's comments still carries some assumptions -- assumptions of choice -- at least linked to the past, even while condemning people who hear them as such.

Blaming Parents for Their Children's Failings

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Nigel Barber

It is indeed true that most social problems are linked to bad parent-child relationships. Yet, parents are not nearly so much in control of that relationship as moralists assume.

Why The CIA Has Had Decades Of Failures

Salon | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics

President Clinton gilded the lily when he said that Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., was a product of that desperate New York district Hell’s Kitche...

If the Super Bowl Was Covered Like Politics -- An Entrepreneur's View of Modern Political Debate

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Aberman

The challenge that we face as a society, as citizens and as entrepreneurs is how to take advantage of the benefits of a more connected culture technologically without disconnecting ourselves as citizens.

Guns Don't Kill People, Bullets Do

Thomas Fisher | Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime
Thomas Fisher

We know who makes bullets and we know how much it costs us when criminals use their products to harm others. By charging the industry for these expenses, companies would have an incentive to put in place better precautions.

The U. S. Government's Largest Means-Tested Anti-Poverty Program Has Severe Problems

Robert Auerbach | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Auerbach

During these dire times for millions of people, many of whom have been unemployed for long periods, the nation's safety net is mangled and inefficient.

Hugh Carey: New York Mensch

Martin Nolan | Posted 10.11.2011 | New York
Martin Nolan

He had the wit of Jimmy Walker, the vision of Al Smith, the courage of FDR and the energy of Nelson Rockefeller. When New York's history is written, Hugh Leo Carey will have his place as the hero of a dark decade.

Educational Success: America's New Industrial Policy

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Charles Kolb

When it comes to the quality of our K-12 education system, the results are risible. We have now had nearly 30 years of rhetoric, much of it aspirational -- but with few solid results.

Diane Ravitch Wins the 2011 Moynihan Prize

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonie Haimson

If it is indeed true that education is the civil rights issue of our generation, Ravitch is one of our most esteemed leaders in the struggle for the rights of all children, no matter where they attend school.

Pat Moynihan's Letters Illuminate an Extraordinary Life

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

Daniel Patrick Moynihan's career combined the intellectual, the moral and the political in a wholly original way that would be unimaginable for a significant contemporary politician.