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Books for Our Times: [ital] Listen, Liberal [ital], by Thomas Frank

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.25.2016 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Seventh in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times. Much analysis this presidential season has focused on how far adrift the Republican party has mov...

What's A Freedom-Loving American To Do In November?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The coming presidential election could cause a liberty lover to commit ritual seppuku. A left-wing corporatist and friend of influence-peddlers will face off against an unprincipled populist who supports big government and carries protectionist and anti-immigration banners.

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

It's Not That Trump Is an Alpha Male...

John C. Wathey | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
John C. Wathey

...It's That He's So Little Else Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images True to their primate heritage, people are easily seduced by conf...

The 11 Most Racist U.S. Presidents

Ibram X. Kendi | Posted 05.27.2016 | Black Voices
Ibram X. Kendi

He certainly would face a substantial amount of competition on the racist front. There have been many frightfully racist U.S. presidents in American history. Here are the 11 most racist U.S. presidents of all time.

Which Democratic Party Is Worth Fighting For?

Thomas J. Adams | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Thomas J. Adams

As an American living abroad I see first hand that for the United States to become a true force for good around the world, the Democratic Party must lead the charge in fighting against an American chauvinism that puts little value on the lives of people who are innocent bystanders to our supposed economic and military interests.

Obama's Saudi Problem Overshadows His Gulf Arab and Western European Summits (and the Next Administration)

William Bradley | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Indeed, the Saudis, long touted by some would-be realists as just the sort of implacable autocrats the Middle East needs for long-term stability, have themselves been furiously stirring the pot in recent months and years.

April 12th -- the Day We Lost President Roosevelt

Michael Zucker | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Michael Zucker

The spring and summer of 1945 was a very unique period in the nation's history. Wrapping up the worldwide conflagration in August, we transitioned to a period of remarkable postwar growth and the early years of cold war under President Truman and an era of consolidation under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

NY Daily News Claims FDR Unfit to Be President: "No Concrete Plans, Only Platitudes"

Les Leopold | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

The following is an imagined 1932 New York Daily News editorial board interview with Franklin Roosevelt during his presidential campaign. The Roosevelt statements are taken primarily from his 1933 inaugural address> and his 1936 campaign speech at Madison Square Garden.

Raising the Wage -- For Now and Our Future

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

When President Franklin Roosevelt brought the federal minimum wage into its infancy, California's had already graduated from college and was in the workforce. California's century-old enactment of a minimum wage was sound policy. We simply honor our past by investing in our future.

Will Obama Be Ranked Among America's Greatest Presidents?

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

As Barack Obama enters the final months of his presidency, historians, journalists and self-appointed pundits will participate in the ritual of ranking him on the scale presidential greatness.

Great American Speakers … And The Worst

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 03.21.2016 | Comedy

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., JFK -- we've had a long history of exceptional individuals who could captivate a crowd with nothing but words...

Trumpismo! and American Fascism

Steven Conn | Posted 03.19.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Serious people are now using the "f word" - fascist - to describe the Donald Trump phenomenon.

The GOP Needs to Unify its Three Factions

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Things do not look good for the Republican Party this year. Split between three factions--Populists and Trump, conservatives and evangelicals for Cruz, and an establishment candidate--it looks like the GOP will split badly, possibly letting a unified Democratic Party into the White House.

Trump Repeats Roosevelt's Biggest Error

Jan Jarboe Russell | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Jan Jarboe Russell

Today, as during World War II, many of our leaders, inured to the bad treatment of minorities, continue to incite mistrust and hatred. We find ourselves trapped in the same old dreary circle of fear.

Kasich a Champion for Hunger Relief

William Lambers | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
William Lambers

The coming primaries will decide who the Republicans will nominate for President. They would be wise to look to someone who can tackle issues of great national and international importance like hunger. For America usually goes with the candidate who shows leadership in feeding the hungry. John Kasich has.

How Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Can Lose the U.S. Presidency

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Republicans have a problem. After South Carolina, Donald Trump is in the driver's seat. He may well remain there unless Rubio and Cruz decide to play as teammates rather than as adversaries.

Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump.

A Trump Candidacy Is Good for the Democrats, But Bad for America

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Either Sanders and Clinton will beat Trump. That will mean that America will be in a better place, ready to address many of our problems. But the residue of that presidential contest won't entirely disappear. Trump will emerge from his losing campaign as a man on a mission with a wounded ego and a large following.

Time to Step On the Gas

Tom Allon | Posted 02.02.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

New York City, the greatest metropolis in the world, looks great on the outside. There are gleaming luxury high-rise buildings, shiny new neighborhoods and energetic tourists everywhere. But looks are deceiving.

Roosevelt, Reagan and the Sanders Moment

Brian Leiter | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Brian Leiter

FDR's presidency ended in 1980 with the election of Ronald Reagan, and Reagan has ruled ever since. As we face another potentially epoch-shifting presidential election, perhaps we would do well to remember that last one.

On the Eve of Iowa

William Bradley | Posted 02.01.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Voting is finally about to begin in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary contests. That's exciting. But it may not last.

Sherlock, Seinfeld, Gillibrand and Various Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.26.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

California drivers tend to think their turn signals are vestigial organs, something that exists existentially but doesn't really matter, which makes d...

Shameful U.S. History Repeating Itself

Mark Baer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.

Trump Cites FDR In 'Muslim Ban,' Gets Rebutted By FDR's Granddaughter

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's family is furious that Donald Trump is invoking mass Japanese-American incarceration during World War II to justify the G...