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Black Lives Do Matter

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Black lives do matter. Nonetheless, as a result of liberal lethargy and conservative antipathy, in many parts of the US blacks are second-class citizens, at the mercy of local police and unable to gain access to decent jobs, housing, healthcare, and the other aspects of a middle-class life.

Why I Am a Liberal

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Richard Abrons

When genial Ronald Reagan appeared on the scene to castigate government, a tsunami of conservatism succeeded in making liberal almost a dirty word. I believe that tsunami is spent.

Why Liberals Have To Be Radicals

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This is one of those moments when there is broad popular frustration, a moment when liberal goals require measures that seem radical by today's standards. If progressives don't articulate those frustrations and propose real solutions, rightwing populists will propose crackpot ones. Token gestures won't fool anybody.

The Brave New World of Gender Pioneers

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

I think it's so important in this time of rapid change and fast social media that we remember how new all of this is to most people.

Liberals and the (Not So) New Family Values

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

The impact of resuscitating a liberal tradition as part of the 2016 Democratic platform is anyone's guess: will it radically reshape one of society's most conservatizing institutions, enabling progressives to advance in territory unchallenged for decades?

The American Economy Is a Buffalo Jump

Fred Lundgren | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

A "Buffalo Jump" is a cliff where Native Americans killed bison in mass quantities. They stampeded the bison over the cliff while others waited below to kill the disabled animals with spears and bows.

Drinking Liberally for Democracy

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Roxane Assaf

No one's ever accused progressive political activists of being insincere. But no one's ever accused them of having too much fun, either.

You've Come Part Way, Baby

Leslie Marshall | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Leslie Marshall

When I was little, my favorite book described options for what a girl could aspire to be when she grew up. It told of exciting career possibilities: flight attendant, nurse, teacher, secretary.

Why Campus Sustainability Works: An Open Letter to George Will

Samuel Reed | Posted 05.08.2015 | College
Samuel Reed

In its simplest form, sustainability means greater efficiency and cutting waste to preserve both the natural environment and money. This is not a leftist agenda, but an alignment with both conservative and liberal values.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

I'm a liberal. I eat at Applebee's.

David Akadjian | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
David Akadjian

People laugh when I profess my love of Applebee's. My liberal friends make fun of me because it's a chain restaurant. My conservative friends laugh because it goes against stereotype.

Liberal Hypocrisy on Religious Freedom?

Charles Kolb | Posted 06.07.2015 | New York
Charles Kolb

Some Midwest pizza parlor is put out of business because an employee hypothetically suggests that, if asked, they might not prepare pizzas for delivery at a gay wedding, but in midtown Manhattan wealthy co-op boards "routinely" discriminate against whomever they want with impunity. Double standard?

Here Are the Most Conservative and Liberal States in Congress

FindTheBest | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
FindTheBest

Texas and California are frequently used to epitomize America's red and blue divide, but they're not actually the most partisan states when considering how the population votes in congressional elections.

Rebuilding The Liberal Brand

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Once she secures the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia, Clinton will lead a Party that has a mushy identity: "We're not as crazy as the Republicans." Like MacDonald's, Democrats must recognize that for their brand to prevail it has to connect with "new generations."

Obama's Indulgent Victory Lap

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I can't help but think it's too late for this Obama to show up now. 2015 isn't the second debate with Romney. Obama should have had the guts to stand up back during the midterms when it would have mattered to Democrats struggling to defend his record.

How Do I Turn My Slacktivism Into Activism?

Molly Fosco | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Molly Fosco

As the new year starts to settle in, and most people begin to realize which of their resolutions they're actually going to keep, I have noticed a trend in the type of goal-setting my friends have listed as priorities for 2015.

How Pope Francis Helps Liberals

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The pope's visit to America in September 2015 will have a dramatic impact on the public discourse and issue debates of the presidential and congressional campaigns that will formally begin in January 2016, to the advantage of liberals.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

Don't Bother Winning Thanksgiving Arguments

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It occurred to me that afternoon as I was heading toward a stroke that no amount of facts or evidence was going to change this guy's mind and that neither of us was going to leave unscathed. I took the easy way out and said, "I'm sorry, but I've stopped arguing with people who are impervious to reality," and left it at that.

Kathleen Turner on Molly Ivins, Hollywood and Acting

Greg Archer | Posted 01.23.2015 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

There she is: The incomparable Kathleen Turner in a pair of fiery red cowboy boots and an oversized denim button-down shirt. She sits on the floor,...

A Tax System That Works for Donald Trump (and Nobody Else)

Duncan Hosie | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives claim Mayor de Blasio wants to redistribute income. Yet unregulated market forces are already redistributing income in New York, as wealth trickles up from the middle and working class to the rich.

Democrats Ran Away From, and Against, Everything

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It's up to either party to educate the public with regards to their respective platforms, courses of action, and vision of the future. And if they don't give us something to vote for, can they really expect us to keep voting against something else?

There's Only One Real Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.11.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Conservatives don't want to be blamed for Ted Nugent. Liberals don't want to be blamed for Rosie O'Donnell. Nobody wants to be blamed for the Kardashians.

Hillary Clinton And The Progressive Pursuit Of Perfection

Taylor Marsh | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

The season of progressive discontent over Hillary's coming 2016 candidacy is upon us.

Mix-and-Match Politics Plague College Conversations

Miranda Richard | Posted 11.30.2014 | College
Miranda Richard

There are places where I avoid talking about politics: first dates, holiday visits with my Bill O'Reilly-loving grandmother, job interviews, etc.; but there are also places where I love to talk about politics.