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France Must Fight Terrorism Without Harming The Spirit Of Liberty

Carlo Strenger | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Carlo Strenger

Political moderates, in addition to showing zero tolerance for radical Islamism, must relentlessly attack and expose the lies of right-wing populists. Because when they claim that they can vanquish Islamist terrorism quickly and effectively, they either don't know what they are talking about, or worse, are willing to lie to the electorate to come to power.

ReThink Review: Captain Fantastic - the Pros and Cons of Idealistic Parenting

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.15.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you want to have kids, you've probably fantasized about how you would raise them and what values you would instill (or install?) in them. How much ...

Can Bernie Sanders Make A Big Difference For Hillary Clinton?

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The latest polls, and the latest terrorist attack, make it appallingly clear that Donald Trump really can be elected president.

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...

The Lesson Of The Sanders Campaign: Liberalism Isn't Becoming Socialism (Maybe Vice Versa???)

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Is liberalism becoming socialism as conservatives assert? Hardly. The lesson of the Sanders campaign, as well as economic trends worldwide, is that socialism is becoming liberalism.

Brexit And Trump Show The Rejection Of Liberalism

The Conversation US | Posted 06.28.2016 | World
The Conversation US

The current rejection of the liberal idea has come in disparate forms and is by no means universal. Last week's Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and Donald Trump's presidential ambitions in the United States are only the most obvious signs of this new illiberal wave.

The Value, Courage, and Freedom of Pluralism

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Timothy Garton Ash recently reflected on Isaiah Berlin and his commitment to value pluralism in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an articled title...

Bernie, The Donald, and the Sins of Liberalism

Steve Fraser | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Steve Fraser

Anticipated or not, a new age of rebellion has begun, sending chills through the corridors of establishment power. This threatens the status quo from the left and the right. Perhaps its most shocking aspect: people are up in arms against liberalism.

Bernie Sanders is Not a Movement, He's a Politician Trying to Reclaim Liberalism

Quora | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Quora

Is the Sander's movement a movement of policies or a cult of personality? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compellin...

An 'Intensity Gap': The Nation's Problem Crystallized

Andy Schmookler | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Having spent a decade now trying to understand the sickness degrading America's politics, I watch for developments that can help illuminate what's gone wrong. Here's one specific situation that crystallizes the larger problem.

Meet the Trump of Ancient Rome, a Populist Demagogue Who Helped Bring Down the Republic

Philip Freeman | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
Philip Freeman

The roots of populism stretch back to the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic. The man who ultimately brought down the system was a wealthy and ambitious nobleman named Publius Clodius Pulcher, a populist demagogue who refused to play by the rules. The more audacious his behavior, the more the public loved him for it. The ruling classes stood by dazed and helpless as control of the state they had run for centuries slipped from their hands.

The Blue State Model

Thomas Frank | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Thomas Frank

When you press Democrats on their uninspiring deeds -- their lousy free trade deals, for example -- they reply that this is the best anyone could have done. But let's choose a locale where Democratic rule is virtually unopposed, a place where Republican obstruction and sabotage can't taint this experiment.

Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today's Realism is Anything But Conservative

John Seed | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
John Seed

There is a bias that seems to be rapidly fading these days, but I still run into it from time to time: realist painting traces its roots back to the grand European traditions, is inherently "conservative."

Don't Join the Circus!

Alan Jones | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Alan Jones

It was the letters in the Wall Street Journal that set me off. What got me going was the naïve and simplistic approach to politics. There was no sense that democracy is a messy business -- a series of compromises which never finally resolve anything.

Fall of the Liberal-Humanitarian Agenda

Saad Khan | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Saad Khan

Although fraught with challenges, the very promise of greater priority to human rights and socio-economic freedoms seemed enticing. Ironically, however, the promise has lately been eclipsed by hardcore realism.

The Long Wait for "Enlightenment" in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Sara Khorshid

Egypt's Sisi is no moderniser or reformer. Nor is the military establishment that he hails from. His core trait when it comes to ideology and thought is his being opposed to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, and that could be largely related to power struggle more than it is to ideology.

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

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 ...

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.