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Liberalism, Liberty, Life and Love

Robin Koerner | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Robin Koerner

The first interview I ever did on my radio show with Jeffrey Tucker was so compelling and, for want of a better word, important, that he and I immediately decided we would have to do a second, to expand on the themes discussed.

The Liberal Uncanny: ISIS Is Fascist (and So Are We?)

Uriel Abulof | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

Is there any cause truly worth dying, let alone killing, for? Life, perhaps, but liberty is just one path to lead life.

Being Critical of Islam Is Not Racism

Shawn Moksvold | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Shawn Moksvold

In a free society, often uncomfortable things must be said to opposing parties to effectively work out complex issues. But when someone attempts to criticize the beliefs of a religion (mostly Islam), the left will invariably attach that criticism to racism.

Foreign Liberals Shouldn't Be Liberal With American Lives and Money

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Liberals from other nations will continue to lobby Washington to advance their home countries' interests. No surprise there. But they shouldn't complain if American liberals choose priceless domestic peace and prosperity over costly international charity and conflict.

There's Nothing Sexier Than A Political Moderate

Galanty Miller | Posted 12.11.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

You never hear about the rise of politically middle-of-the-road talk radio. Nobody has ever been called a "bleeding heart moderate." There's the religious right; but nobody speaks of the religious nonpartisan.

Before Bernie Sanders Started His Political Revolution, There Was Seattle's Kshama Sawant

Michael Sainato | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Michael Sainato

City Council of Seattle Member Kshama Sawant spent her first two years in office combating city wide rent increases and playing a central role in pushing for a $15 minimum wage, which was a cornerstone of her first election campaign in 2013.

Intolerance Masked As Tolerance Is Still Intolerance

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

In ostensibly promoting tolerance, the essential core of liberalism, left wing extremists have taken on an ill-advised and misguided campaign to enforce an extreme version of political correctness, a form of intolerance that is ironically self-destructively anti-liberal. There is no constitutional right not to be offended.

Bernie Sanders Probably Isn't Running For President To Win

Deborah Foster | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Deborah Foster

Bernie Sanders's role is to push Clinton to the left. To push her to actually serve the people. Otherwise, she more than likely will not. And inequality will continue to increase as it has steadily done over the last 30 years. Because as great as Obama was on some issues, he was pretty bad on inequality.

Living in Our Own Private Silos

Byron Williams | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Byron Williams

What is America's greatest threat? In order to uncover this ominous threat we might be well served to utilize the apparatus known as the mirror. We've shunned many of our self-reflected impulses for the opiate of certainty, whereby difference is conveniently transmuted into a deficiency.

Threatening Libertarianism

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

One of my favorite interviews -- and certainly one of the most important for the future of our country -- is my first with Jeffrey Tucker. If you are of a pro-liberty persuasion, in particular, I invite you to make a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy this very incisive discussion.

Walter Mondale's Living Legacy

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Joel K. Goldstein

As historic and as beneficial as was Mondale's role in elevating the vice presidency, that accomplishment was an application of Mondale's leadership, beliefs and skill, and a vehicle for Mondale to advance some of his values, not the measure of the man or his "Living Legacy" as many headlines implied.

A Party Without a Past

Steven Conn | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

All Republicans candidates, even those not named Trump, promise to make America great again. That implies, of course, that America is in decline now. That narrative of decline is an historical argument: We were great once, but we aren't any more.

Living on the Edge -- Israel, ISIS and the West

Uriel Abulof | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Uriel Abulof

After five weeks in Israel, a couple of days after the war ended, I left the bubble -- only to realize I had just reentered another. A benign bubble, for sure, substituting "rationality" for hatred, godless happiness for divine devotion, but a bubble nonetheless.

The Seismic Shift in Irish Values, and One Reason It Happened

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

The landslide victory for marriage equality in Ireland caught some conservatives off guard. What happened to the staunchly conservative, almost fanatical Catholicism of the Irish people? Paul Valleley, a professor of public ethics at the University of Chester, offered some important suggestions. He lists two major reasons.

Drinking Liberally for Democracy

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Roxane Assaf Lynn

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

What the Republican Nominee Says About the Party

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The most recent Pew data show that 48 percent of Americans say they identify as Democrat or lean Democrat, compared with 39 percent on the Republican side. The 2016 Republican primary then, necessarily hinges on how the GOP candidates might be able to adjust to this reality.

New Evidence That The Rich Are More Conservative Than the Rest

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's a long-running debate: Are rich people more conservative, and particularly more likely to be Republican? The answer is yes, and a large literature establishes this, but the debate still rages on, driven partially by the cognitive biases of elite commentators.

How Liberalism Is Undoing Itself

John Milbank | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
John Milbank

NOTTINGHAM, England -- A new, rootless oligarchy now combines impersonal technocracy with a manipulative populism, while holding in contempt the genuine priorities of most people.

Poland's Luckiest Generation

John Feffer | Posted 05.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

We are also trying to diminish the influence of the Church in Poland. Poland is a very conservative country. We are definitely for secularism. And we are not for the unlimited free market deciding everything. Some things cannot be managed in a business way.

Homonormativity, Homonationalism and the Other 'Other'

Christiaan Rapcewicz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christiaan Rapcewicz

By no means am I arguing against equality and/or gay marriage, but "equality" should not stop at gay marriage. There are many more inequalities to be addressed and (further) dealt with.

Poland's Politics of Dissatisfaction

John Feffer | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

A smaller number of Poles continue to take to the streets or try to organize actions similar to the Solidarity mobilizations of the past. And perhaps the smallest group of all tries to channel that dissatisfaction into advocacy within the system to change the nature of Polish politics.

Out-Thinking ISIS

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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.