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Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 03.04.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

Instead of proposing a liberal alternative, the United States seems to be apologizing. Statements explaining away the actions of ISIS with lack of job opportunities or poor governance can be used to justify genocide. But the strongest indication that America has entered crisis-mode is that it can no longer make its case.

Hammocks and Ladders: The Poverty of Republican Thinking on the Poor

David Coates | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
David Coates

In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.

Populism Sounds Good, but It Always Ends Badly

Pierpaolo Barbieri | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Pierpaolo Barbieri

BUENOS AIRES -- Those Europeans tempted by populist politics should see in Latin America an avoidable future: the empty shelves in Venezuela while its government finds funds to support populist party Podemos in Spain or the stagflation in Argentina that hurts the poor while the sitting vice president is twice indicted for embezzlement. These are not accidents; they are the logical consequences of authoritarian regimes that think themselves beyond reproach or term limits.

A Tale of Two Markets

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

In the face of the fragility of life and mighty forces of hatred and fear, many will lapse into denial or despair, making decisions from a place of spiritual defeat. This is not what our tradition asks of us. We are called to fully acknowledge the reality of evil, and lovingly perpetuate life in spite of it.

Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

Danny Postel | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Danny Postel

The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

The Dangers of Clarity: Don't Let Terrorism Define Us

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

This is the age of terror only if we are terrorized, which is not a fact but a state of mind. Terrorists are not nihilists. They are meaning-builders. Their whole strategy depends on controlling the meaning of the death of innocents.

I Understand Nothing

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Since September 11, Americans in particular -- though not only -- have supported politicians and opinion-mongers in pivoting their geo-politics and world views on isolated, spectacular, terrible acts by terrible people.

Mario Cuomo: The Greatness and the Fallacy

William Bradley | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

A beacon for enduring core liberal values in a not infrequently wintry era. Reagan made conservatism seem inevitable. Cuomo helped many remember that it wasn't necessarily so.

Why Liberal Protestantism Should Quit Living in Fear of Its Own Death

Derek Penwell | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Are we too liberal? Do we have enough arbitrary rules to halt the decline and sustain a stable membership? These are questions that should be qualified by being asked in light of the most important question: Are we following Jesus faithfully?

Happy Days Are Here Again

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The midterms are behind us. In 2016, one thing any Democrat running for president must do is compare the record of Barack Obama (and Bill Clinton) to that of George W. Bush.

Can America Be Saved (Part 5): Neither Side in America is Seeing an "Evil Force" for What it Is

Andy Schmookler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The people on each side of America's political divide are making a fundamental error at what might be called the level of the spirit.

The 1 Percent Are More Likely to Vote Than the Poor or Middle Class -- And It Matters, a Lot

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Does it matter that the wealthy turnout to vote at a rate of almost 99% while those making below $10,000 vote at a rate of 49%? It sure seems like it would, but for a long time many political scientists and journalists believed it didn't.

Illiberal Liberalism

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

We often boast of the uniqueness of our system. We are not a totalitarian society that crushes the individual out of existence and tramples over his/her rights and freedoms. But there are questions we need to ask ourselves.

Ted Nugent Slams 'Ferguson Thugs' And The 'Plague Of Black Violence'

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

Musician Ted Nugent took to the Internet on Wednesday to decry what he called "Ferguson thugs" and "a plague of black violence," demanding that blacks...

Rescuing Polish Liberalism

John Feffer | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

Roday in Poland, a new generation of political actors has taken up the challenge of rescuing liberalism from the misconceptions of the past. Kultura Liberalna is a weekly magazine established in 2009. I

Where Is the Moral Outrage? A Sign of the Weakness of Liberal America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If one viewed a time-lapse film of American civilization in all its dimensions unfolding over the past 15 years or so, one would see terrible damage being done.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

The Lament of the Conservative Left

James Peron | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Socialism embraced some liberal goals but wanted to offer the security of the old order where disturbing social change was minimized and what change was allowed was carefully controlled.

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

It is the tension between the aggressively political competition at the polls and the aggressively non-political rhetoric of the heartland that characterizes the Populist Reformation. What drops out is the middle: the back-and-forth politics of liberal democracy.

The L-Word

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Liberalism: The Life of an Idea, Fawcett draws on the experiences and ideas of dozen of thinkers and politicians in an informative, lively, and provocative history of a political tradition he deems "worth standing up for."

The Disappearance of the Political Middle in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has long been divided between its liberal and cosmopolitan capital and the more conservative countryside. During the Communist era, a small de...

Hungary's U-Turn

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
John Feffer

How could the world be heading inexorably in the direction of market democracy when even the country long considered next in line for membership in the European Community was collapsing into war, nationalist extremism, and ethnic cleansing?

Stereotypes: Black Muggers, Brown Terrorists; a Young Liberal's Challenge

Write for the Future | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Curran Dhar I slammed myself for being a racist the second after I felt the impulse to walk away from the sight of two African American men. They ...

Teaching John Stuart Mill in Iran: A Conversation With Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Danny Postel

His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.