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Economic Populism

No, Bernie Sanders Has Not Pushed Hillary Clinton To The Left

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

Different people run for president for different reasons. Some want to publicize important issues or influence political party platforms. Some want to...

Populism Was The Real Winner On Tuesday Night

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

Tuesday was a tough night for Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. It was a promising one for the populist movement that has been building stea...

Why The New Hampshire Primary Was A Victory For Populism

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

New Hampshire’s famously independent voters on Tuesday embraced presidential candidates in both parties with antagonistic views toward international...

Why Democrats Should Worry About Republicans' Newfound Economic Populism

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.07.2016 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

It would be a huge mistake for Democrats to dismiss the newfound economic populism of Republican presidential candidates as obviously laughable given Republicans' deep alliance with corporate America. Republicans are aiming to pull off a populist jiu-jitsu, using anger at corporate influence over government to justify even more dismantling of government. It could work.

Does He Have a Prayer? Mike Huckabee Runs for President

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It's legitimate to pose the question in just this way because it is clear that Huckabee wishes to make the case that his own candidacy best represents the way fundamentalist Christians read the Bible and see the world.

The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

Social Security Reversal in Maryland Senate Race: Six Key Lessons for Democrats

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Voters are likely to remain dubious about candidates who offer only vague platitudes about key issues like jobs, wages, and trade without making firm commitments or offering specific proposals. The Maryland race has just begun, of course. But so far, it seems to point to the pitfalls of corporate "centrism" -- and the promise of economic populism.

The D.C. Centrists' Straw Men

Mike Lux | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the tiredest clichés in all of American politics -- and a favorite of D.C. "centrists" -- is that economic populism is all about beating up on the rich and redistributing income instead of pursuing economic growth. But Elizabeth Warren and her fellow progressives are not, either in rhetoric or policy, anti-growth or anti-business or out to "soak" the rich.

Why Obama's State of the Union Was a Triumph for Elizabeth Warren, Too

Ben Wikler | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Ben Wikler

Tonight, the president rallied the nation to challenge an economic system that has ill-served regular Americans for far too long. Senator Warren, and the grassroots movement she has so inspired, helped make that possible, by showing that at this time in American history, such a battle cry would could take wing. Tonight was their triumph, too.

The Importance of Zephyr Teachout

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Political professionals scorn protest campaigns. Generally, they get little attention and attract few votes. Sometimes, by happenstance, they can be destructive, as demonstrated by Ralph Nader's third-party campaign in 2000. But these are not normal times. America's extreme and growing inequality, its falling middle class and its obscenely corrupted politics demand the end of politics as usual. As Teachout argues forcefully, the Democratic Party faces a fierce debate about its direction and basic values. The gap between its deep-pocket Wall Street and corporate donors and the working families it claims to represent is now a chasm. A new economic populism has begun to build. And that means that campaigns like Teachout's are increasingly important.

Billionaire Actually Not That Sorry About Nazi Comparison

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business

Billionaire Kenneth Langone is still defending his comparison of income inequality talking points to rhetoric in Nazi Germany, after apologizing two m...

2014 Will Be The Year of 'Economic Populism.' Then What?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's becoming increasingly clear that, at least politically, 2014 will be "The Year of Economic Populism." Now the question is, who gets to decide what that really means?

Luke Johnson

Dem Battle Over Economic Populism Heats Up | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic Party clash over economic populism continued this week with the head of the progressive think tank Center For American Prog...

Third Way Attacks Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio, and Should Disclose Bank Donations

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Third Way has a legal right to keep their donations secret, and we have a legal right to give Third Way zero credibility until they disclose their donations.

Luke Johnson

Liberals Hit Back Against Centrist Think-Tank | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Monday op-ed by the centrist think tank Third Way railing against economic populism has sparked a liberal counterattack, with Sen. Eli...

Jason Linkins

Third Way Warns Democrats That Running On Popular Economic Positions Would Be 'Disastrous' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the supposed think tank Third Way have taken to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal Tuesday to offer the nation an...

Cultural Populism vs. Economic Populism

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

We have a president who has chosen to run as an economic populist against economic elites, and the rising candidacy of Gingrich, running as a cultural populist against cultural elites. Both are attempting to appeal to frustrated and disillusioned blue-collar and middle-class voters.

Right-Wing Upsurge in U.S.: Less Than Meets the Eye?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Is America in the grip of a right-wing backlash that will hit the November elections like a hurricane? How about another narrative that makes more sense?

James Pethokoukis: Wall Street Could Be Brown win could spark Obama war on Wall Street

Reuters | James Pethokoukis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The result ends the Democratic supermajority in the Senate and leaves key parts of the Obama agenda in deep trouble. But the biggest loser just might ...

Winning the 2010 Elections

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If Democrats shed their caution and become fighters, for jobs and health care and the middle class, they can pull off the same kind of surprise in 2010 that we pulled off in 1998.