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Oberlin College Responds

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Lauren Jacobs

While the upset and distress over the month's unfortunate acts of hate speech and vandalism have obviously been immense, it is paramount to note the speed, organization, clarity of intention and inclusivity with which the Oberlin administration and student population have responded.

Liberalism and My Generation

Mitchell Alexander | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Mitchell Alexander

I truly believe that this generation is different. We have an aura of tolerance and hope, and America will come closer than it ever has before to total equality in our lifetime.

Reading the Pictures: Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and the New Liberal Times

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2013-02-01-Shawgiffords They emerged this week as the most vivid representatives of Obama's new liberal America, as emblematic of the times and what ails us as Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson were America's "terror era" canaries in the coal mine.

What Is a Liberal?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

For most of the past four decades, "liberals" have been in retreat. In many quarters, the word "liberal" has become a pejorative. Part of the problem is that liberals have failed to define themselves and to state clearly what they believe.

Think Again: The 'Virtually Voiceless'

Eric Alterman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

If the only places conservatives can get their news bias-free are sources committed to their own cause, there is no need to face up to "reality" as such. It's an endless loop of victimization and self-justification.

WATCH: McConnell Blasts Obama Speech: 'Era Of Big Liberalism Is Back'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Liberalism has returned in force, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday, reviewing the president's Inaugural Address. "On...

Tolerance and Liberalism, (Re)Defined

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Lauren Jacobs

Tolerance in America is about respecting (and celebrating) the equal/human rights of all people in this country. It is not about begrudgingly allowing other people to exist while lobbying against their equal/human rights.

In Memoriam: George McGovern and Liberal Politics

Ira Chernus | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Ira Chernus

Presidential election results have led us to think that the American people were a bit more liberal than they really were. In the same way, the mythic tale of George McGovern and the "youth vote" led us to think that the baby-boomers of "the '60s" were a bit more liberal than they really were.

Forget Losing the Debate -- Is Obama Losing the Liberal Moment?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

The president's showing called into question not just his approach to this one event, but his ability to extend that rare occurrence: the liberal moment.

What Would Locke Think?

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

Would John Locke would be a Republican in 2012? Obviously, our two-party system and the liberal and conservative philosophy which underlies it, is not something which enters into the social contract, nor the work of Locke.

The Rain on Our Parade: A Letter to My Dismal Allies

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

Every four years we hear that in presidential elections we are asked to choose the lesser of two evils. Now, this is not an analysis or an insight; it is a cliché, and a very tired one.

The Bad Mojo of Voodoo Economics and the Failure of Theocratic Politics

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The problem is not, as David Brooks postulates, that "Republicans like Romney often rely on an economic language that seems corporate and alien to people who do not define themselves in economic terms." The problem is that the GOP now represents those who embrace ignorance as a badge of honor.

In Defense of Conservative Thought

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

There is no reason to choose between progressive and conservative thought. Progressivism allows for purposive change from an unacceptable status quo; conservatism introduces caution. The mature country would embrace both.

The Conundrum of the Pendulum

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The real danger of right-wing extremism today is not necessarily the medieval views advanced by party advocates.

Empty Chairs and Hope

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Shahid Mahmood

The Sanctity of Human Life Act, which Ryan co-sponsored, should it ever pass, would ensure that life begins at fertilization. This Bill would dash the hopes of thousands of infertile couple by criminalizing the destruction of day-old embryos.

Growing Into Political Maturity

Stephanie Rayburn | Posted 11.07.2012 | Denver
Stephanie Rayburn

I am grateful to have moved beyond the blinders of my family's politics. I am grateful to know my own mind, one that is progressive and liberal, and that neither of those are dirty words (and neither is conservative, for the record).

Where Are the Conservative Psychologists Hiding? And Why?

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Addressing the 2011 gathering of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, University of Virginia psychological scientist Jonathan Haidt asked those who considered themselves politically conservative to raise their hands. In an audience of more than 1,000, three hands went up.

5 Principles for a 21st-Century Liberalism

Anis Shivani | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Twentieth-century liberalism lives on in forms of the social contract that are outmoded for the 21st century's globalized, technological world. Libera...

The Wealth of Nations

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 10.13.2012 | Latino Voices
Ricardo B. Salinas

The Wealth of Nations describes how the division of labor and the expansion of trade increase production, wealth, and social well-being. Today, not even the most populist politician would dispute the benefits of the division of labor.

Professors Admit Given The Same Skill Set, They'd Prefer Hiring A Liberal Over A Conservative

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 10.13.2012 | College

Numerous surveys have found that professors, especially those in some disciplines, are to the left of the general public. But those same -- and other ...

President Obama, the Democratic Party, and Socialism: A Political Science Perspective

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

It's entirely fair to call President Obama a liberal. It's even fair to call him a "big spending" liberal (assuming you're willing to call our previous president a "big spending conservative"). It is inaccurate, though, and a little disingenuous to call him a socialist.

What Atheism Lacks: Humility, Imagination, Curiosity

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The heart of liberalism is recognizing the pluralistic nature of the human condition and devising a political system that enables us to live democratically with religious and political differences.

Don't Call Me an Orthodox Jew

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

For me, becoming an "orthodox" Jew meant the exact opposite. It meant questioning my roots, evaluating my life deeply and becoming more open minded. To me, this is what true religious Judaism is.

Congressman Barney Frank Gets Personal and Political

David Goodfriend | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
David Goodfriend

In his final term as Massachusetts Congressman, Barney Frank joins us in the Jab room with thoughts on his career, the economy, his reaction to Obama's support of gay marriage and his plans for retirement.

Nomads Occupy the Global Village: Left Political Art Timeline, 2001-2012.

G. Roger Denson | Posted 02.07.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson