Somewhere between the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam protest, liberalism lost its voice. And by tangible indicators it has yet to regain its voice -- at least not in any comprehensible way.
Democrats want to hear that America's trade problems are caused by exploitative capitalism. But the problem is that corporate pursuit of profit has been decoupled from the success of the economy as a whole.
The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.
Scholars have long debated the direction that the "paradigm shift" in international relations would take. What would replace the obsolete bipolar international system and the strategic and ideological forces that had driven it?
The sooner politicians embrace the reality of a center-left America, the sooner they'll actually stand up for progressive legislation, rather than running like half-baked Republican knockoffs. Voters want strong leadership more than they want conservative policies.
It's a mistake for contemporary liberals to give up on the old progressive project of exerting democratic control over economic institutions. In fact, it's a mistake that has backfired on the Obama presidency.