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Will Trump Be Presidential?

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Will the newly sworn in president speak of his genuine interest for uniting the country, which is rich with diverse cultures and beliefs?

Sport and Society for Arete -Pearl Harbor-75th Anniversary

Richard Crepeau | Posted 12.05.2016 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

This piece on Pearl Harbor and Baseball was the fifteenth of this series of essays on Sport and Society. It dates from December of 1991 the 50th Anniv...

Can We Make Lemonade, Please?

Tom Allon | Posted 11.21.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

I was sitting across from Donald Trump in his office, suggesting an idea I thought he might like. It was April, 2015, two months before he made his f...

Trump and the Coming Death of Multilateralism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

It is truly odd that the U.S. and global stock markets actually rose in the days following the election of Donald Trump as president, as if a few pass...

Why Do Great Leaders Lie?

Gene Marks | Posted 11.04.2016 | Business
Gene Marks

On September 4, 1941, an American ship, the Greer, was attacked by a German submarine. The incident, among others, added to a list of growing animosit...

Donald Trump's Longing For Yesteryear Is A Fantasy: Our New World Requires New Solutions

Cody Cain | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

Donald Trump's grand vision for solving the problems facing America is that we should just dial the clock backwards and return to the time of our form...

Tadeusz Sudol: Connected To Two Worlds -- New York And Old Europe

Jim Luce | Posted 10.20.2016 | New York
Jim Luce

Every day, when Tadeusz (Tad) Sudol, Ph.D. makes the crossing from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island -- the "small town" of 14,000 in New York's East Rive...

Boy, Could We Use Fiorello La Guardia Now

Michael Winship | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Like our present Republican presidential candidate, La Guardia was supremely self-confident and brash, a real publicity hound who chased fire engines and conducted city orchestras. He loved strutting his stuff on the airwaves. But the similarities end there.

To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse--That Is The (Wrong) Question

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

What if "endorsement" is a political red herring? "Endorsing" suggests approval, but for a lot of us that option is closed. But, hey, we still have to choose--we must choose because democracy itself is at stake today.

On This Labor Day, Hillary Clinton And The Democrats Fight For Workers While Donald Trump And The GOP Wage War

Nancy Altman | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

We are the wealthiest country in the world at the wealthiest moment in our history. Shamefully, we have tens of millions of people living in poverty.

Human Rights And The 2016 Election

Jack Healey | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Jack Healey

If the candidates make the choice to follow in the Roosevelt's memory, the Nation will be able to heal and grow in infinitely beautiful and powerful ways.

Here's a Bold Idea for Hillary's Troubled Campaign

Steven Hill | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Steven Hill

Hillary Clinton is ahead in the polls, but it's more due to Donald Trump's many blunders than excitement with Mrs. Clinton. She has benefitted from be...

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

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home
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 03.22.2017 | 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 03.20.2017 | Politics
Steven Conn

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