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The Tragic Emptiness of Our Political Discourse

T.A. Ridout | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Paying attention to this U.S. presidential campaign and commentators' efforts to make sense of it can be a painful undertaking. Aside from the hateful rhetoric and incitement to violence that Donald Trump has unleashed on society, our tired conceptual short-hands that we try to impose on people and ideas are outdated.

Restoring Liberalism, Tolerance And Diversity At Colleges And Universities

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Samuel Abrams has written recently in the New York Times about liberalism and conservatism amongst faculty on American college campuses. http://www.n...

Will The Adults On The Left Please Stand Up?

Kelly Wilz | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Kelly Wilz

I write this not to defend Killer Mike. Or Sanders' comments on Killer Mike's comments. Or Gloria Steinem's comments. Or Madeleine Albright's. I write this because I'm seeing people whom I admire and respect engaging in behavior that isn't tolerated in pre-school.

Bernie Sanders Is Not Trying to Push Hillary Clinton to the Left

Dan Arel | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Dan Arel

Win or lose, at this point Sanders has changed the Democratic Party forever, but for Sanders, this was never the point. He understands that to really change the party, to really impact millions of lives around the country, if not the world than his political campaign needs to be victories and he doesn't seem willing to stop until it's anything but.

Democracy, Diversity, Dissent and Human Rights Necessitate Freedom of Expression and Assembly

Noam Schimmel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Noam Schimmel

At the heart of the moral and political tensions depicted in Andrew Anthony's recent article in The Observer, 'Is Free Speech in British Universities ...

Regrets and What to Do With Them

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Approaching regret from a cognitive point of view, reframing our thoughts from the past to the future, and asking, "What's next?" can also help to process regrets.

Bernie Sanders: Laughing All The Way Through The Media Black Out

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Philip David Morton

While everyone else is battling over bashing Trump's latest nonsensical comments, or not challenging Jeb Bush on standard 'increase the retirement age' talking points, Sanders is experiencing a real populist movement.

The Mystery Of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Popularity

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.27.2015 | World

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras may have lost at the negotiating table with Greece’s eurozone creditors, but in a development that has pundits s...

Break Down the Echo Chambers

William S. Becker | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

This is the second of two posts on the media's role in the national conversation about global climate change and clean energy. The first post can be f...

The Left in Power? Greece Goes to the Polls

Christos Terzides | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Christos Terzides

What does the EU and the West have to fear from a left party and its leader, especially when he remains moderate and states his desire to retain Greece's European orientation?

What The Left Can Learn From Alexander Hamilton

Jacobin | Christian Parenti | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

This story was originally posted at Jacobin magazine. Two hundred years ago, Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded by then Vice President Aaron B...

Syria and the Arab Spring: An Interview With Gilbert Achcar

Danny Postel | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

We took his book The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising as a starting point from which to examine the roots of the Syrian uprising, the nature of the Assad regime, the different shapes of the uprisings across the region, and the fate of Syria.

Romania's Fragile New Left

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

I sat down with one of the coordinators, journalist and writer Costi Rogozanu, in Bucharest last May. At a café in the park across from the massive parliament building, he told me about his own political trajectory.

The Demise of the Left (and How to Revive It)

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Obama's health care reform was supposed to include a public option, universal Medicaid expansion and exclude the Cadillac tax (which will hurt union workers who negotiated good health care plans). Ideally, of course, we would move to single-payer or socialized medicine, but this is America!

The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not everyday you hear about a grassroots movement that was started with the help of a technology company. You don't usually see progressive acti...

German Socialists off Road Without a Compass

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

The Liberals, even though sunk, continue to be loyal to their Liberal economic agenda. The Christian Democrats (CDU) are not in great electoral shape but have Merkel at the forefront. So where does the SPD stand?

Beyond Left and Right on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to approve a resolution to attack Syria on a vote of 10-7. But the breakdown of the voting reveals that this was in no way a party-line vote.

The Left and Right Entirely Missed the Point of Obama Deferring to Congress on Syria

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The pundits mostly are trying to figure out the president's tactics short term on the "next war" or "what this means politically." But Syria isn't the point. Politics isn't either. Our Constitution is.

Life in Fast Forward

John Feffer | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
John Feffer

The late 1960s, with the explosion of youth movements, the Vietnam War, and the transformation of popular culture, offered a grand opportunity for the reinvention of self. So, too, did the late 1980s, particularly in East-Central Europe.

The New Bulgarian Left

John Feffer | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
John Feffer

In the same way that the New Left in the United States distanced itself in the 1960s from the old-style Communist Party and its fellow travelers, this new left in Eastern Europe has taken pains to distinguish itself from the Communist Party politics of the Cold War era.

The End of the Right-Wing Coalition -- And Where We Go From Here

Nathan Newman | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Nathan Newman

The America of nostalgic visions of clean-cut suburban lawns, self-sufficient breadwinners, and homogeneous communities heard its death rattle on election night.

Happy Thanksgiving, President Obama (And Some Second-Term Advice)

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Millions of Americans will start off their Thanksgiving statements with, "I am thankful Barack Obama will be our president for four more years. The biggest lesson we hope he learned from over the past four is to not start negotiating from a compromise position.

Two Geographies of the Left and Right

John Cooker | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
John Cooker

Conservatives inhabit the wide open countryside, mostly in the south and Midwest; Liberals inhabit the densely populated urban mega-cities concentrated in the northeast and west coast. How do these different landscapes affect their political beliefs?

Proud Member Of The Spiritual Left

Nancy Cronk | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Nancy Cronk

When a person studies world religions, he or she soon finds there are many spiritual traditions in the world that are not obsessed with damning people to eternal hellfire.

Suggestions for Obama's Medicare Counterproposal

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's going to be very easy for whatever Obama comes up with to look a lot better than just handing seniors a voucher and saying: "Good luck with that medical insurance marketplace."