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Pivoting To Hillary, From The Left

David Shorter | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
David Shorter

Hillary may not be your candidate of choice. She may even espouse positions you find morally reprehensible. Her nomination may evidence for you all the gross aspects of a two-party political system in the U.S.A. But her presidency is the singular path forward.

The 2016 Populist Uprising in Perspective: Part 3 - The History of Populism in the United States

Frank Islam | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

No matter the final results of the presidential elections in November, 2016 will be forever known as the year of the uprising of the populists in both political parties.

The 2016 Populist Uprising in Perspective: Part 2 - The Development of Today's Populist Brands

Frank Islam | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

The current socioeconomic conditions have created the climate for the emergence of these divergent populist brands today. It is the dramatic shift of the Republican Party to the right and the slow drift of the Democratic Party toward the center over time, however, that has contributed to and helped define the nature of the right and left wing versions of populism.

The 2016 Populist Uprising in Perspective: Part 1 - The Nature of Populism Today

Frank Islam | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

No matter the final results of the presidential elections in November, 2016 will be forever known as the year of the uprising of the populists in both...

Generation Sanders

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.07.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

My pragmatist friends make a number of arguments in their effort to dismiss the Sanders phenomenon.First, Sanders is too left-wing to get nominated, much less elected. In principle he is, but this isn't a normal year. There is mass economic frustration in the land; it is finally, belatedly, the main issue in a presidential campaign; and, it is up for grabs politically and ideologically. We can blame foreigners and government, or we can blame a badly tilted economic system. If a Republican populist is nominated, a Democratic populist might well do better than a Democratic moderate in energizing the electorate and winning over working class voters who might otherwise support a figure like Donald Trump. The polls show Sanders doing better than Clinton against the main Republican contenders. My pragmatist friends dismiss these on the grounds that the voters haven't really focused on Sanders' views yet, and the Republicans haven't yet opened up the heavy artillery.

Wrestling With Ourselves

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

In 1920, Orot ("Lights"), a collection of works by the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was published, which included an essay c...

Where Are The Progressive Muslim Parties?

A.Kadir Yildirim | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
A.Kadir Yildirim

If progressive Muslim parties may, in principle, offer tangible benefits, why are there no progressive religious political movements in the Muslim world?

The Pope Is Catholic. Get Over It!

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

News flash for progressives: Pope Francis is not one of you! He never has been. The same thing goes for conservatives. The man is just Catholic.

Donald Trump and the Polarization of America

Mirah Riben | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
Mirah Riben

How we speak and the decorum and class many have come to expect has nothing to with what political party or ideology one supports. What is political is how attitudes toward marginalized groups affect lawmakers' decision-making.

#SignsYoureRightWing Proves Conservatives Love Tax Cuts, Not Jokes

Tommy Campbell | Posted 08.06.2016 | Comedy
Tommy Campbell

Many say the right wing has an inferior sense of humor, and I guess it's only logical that the political right are not up for a laugh. After all, their politicians are the first to slash arts from the budget.

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?

Man Found With No Opinion Whatsoever About 'American Sniper'

Spencer Green | Posted 03.28.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a stunning news development, a Trumbull County, Ohio resident has been discovered who claims to have no opinion whatsoever about the Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper.

America at Its Best: Gay Marriage Points the Way to End Political Polarization

Rich Tafel | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Rich Tafel

To overcome our nations' political gridlock, we'll need to develop new ways to integrate both the conservative and liberal values that underlie the polarization.

The Strange Non-Death of Polish Neoliberalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

Colin Crouch and I talked about how he became involved with Krytyka Polityczna, why he doesn't like the term "civil society," and why he considers the creation of the European Union one of the greatest innovations in history.

Charlie Hebdo: Deadliest Attack In France In 50 Years

HuffPost France | Alexandre Boudet | Posted 01.07.2015 | Media

12 people were killed on Wednesday when the offices of the weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, were attacked. French President Francois Hollande calle...

Reinventing the Left in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Poland was both the most likely and the most unlikely place to expect the rebirth of the Left.

France's Prime Minister Knows What's in a Name

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This is not the first time that Manuel Valls has proposed changing the name of the French Socialist Party. That he has returned to the subject from the vantage point of his present position -- which is, like it or not, the head of the majority -- obviously gives his suggestion new weight.

Don't Worry Democrats, There Are Still Progressive Parties On The Upswing

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

American voters headed to the polls on Tuesday and appeared to be ready to hand the nation’s Republican party a substantial victory in the midterm e...

Comeback for the Left in Eastern Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

As nationalist extremism gains popularity throughout East-Central Europe, can Krytyka's message of hope in hard times steal the thunder from the right and appeal to millions of Europeans orphaned by the economic crisis?

Progressives Losing Their Way, at Home and Abroad

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

It has been clear for the past century what being a progressive means, yet this past year there have been significant attempts to redefine the meaning, for the sake of money on the one hand and hatred on the other.

It Is Lonely Being an Israeli Lefty

Abraham Gutman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Abraham Gutman

In Israel I am considered to be a lefty who hates his own country. In the States I'm an occupier whose every attempt to dialogue is normalizing the occupation and diminishing the Palestinian struggle.

In Defense of Checking Privilege

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Davide Mastracci

Merely refraining from what you consider to be oppressive actions or statements is not enough. Checking your privilege means that, on a regular basis, you'll have to admit that you benefit from the oppression of others. Even if you're a good person, even if you 'don't see race.'

LeftEast

John Feffer | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

Conservatism is very strong in both Romania and Hungary. The difference in political culture between the two countries boils down to the relative position of liberalism.

Watch: The Surrender of America's Liberals

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In a web exclusive interview, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. talks with me about his new article in the March issue of Harper's Magazine -- a challenge to America's progressives provocatively titled, "Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals."

Two, Three, Many Americas?

Tom Hayden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The fight over Obamacare is an example of how the fact of a civil war is camouflaged under surface arguments over federalism and spending.