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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 05.24.2015 | Gay 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 | 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.

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 05.19.2015 | Gay 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.

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

Danny Postel | Posted 04.02.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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...