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The Dance of Liberals and Radicals

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

History shows that liberals need radicals. We need radicals because drastic change against entrenched evil and concentrated power requires personal bravery to the point of obsession. It requires a radical sensibility to look beyond today's limits and imagine what seems sheer impossibility within the current social order. And sometimes it's necessary to break the law to redeem the Constitution. No great social change in America has occurred without radicals, beginning with the struggle to end slavery. Causes that now seem mainstream began with radical, impolite and sometimes civil disobedient protest. But here's where the story gets complicated. Radicals also need liberals. Liberals can write policy proposals to their hearts' content. But unless they are backed by radicalism on the ground, they are playing in a sandbox.

Here Are the Most Conservative and Liberal States in Congress

FindTheBest | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
FindTheBest

Texas and California are frequently used to epitomize America's red and blue divide, but they're not actually the most partisan states when considering how the population votes in congressional elections.

A Conservative Approach to Climate Change

Terry Newell | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

What if we put aside the argument about what's causing global warming? For liberals that's a bitter pill to swallow, yet it may permit all of us to spend time instead seeking agreement on principles to guide our conversation about dealing with our warming Earth -- principles, not action steps.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Nearly Half Of Republicans Want Their Party To Be More Conservative

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

Nearly half of Republicans want their party to move farther to the right, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Democrats mostly want their party t...

Spreading Pseudoscience: 5 Reasons Why Some Liberals Are as Bad as Conservatives

Bobby Azarian | Posted 02.25.2015 | Science
Bobby Azarian

The first step to solving problems is to identify and understand them. With that in mind, here is a list of five reasons why some liberals are just as bad, or at least almost, as creationism-believing conservatives when it comes to spreading pseudoscience.

Is Hillary Clinton a Liberal Reagan?

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Clinton in 2016 could have the same effect as Reagan in 1980 and 1984: recruiting Democratic candidates, inspiring Democratic supporters and winning an electoral landslide. Reagan would be embarrassed by Republicans today.

Rebuilding The Liberal Brand

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Once she secures the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia, Clinton will lead a Party that has a mushy identity: "We're not as crazy as the Republicans." Like MacDonald's, Democrats must recognize that for their brand to prevail it has to connect with "new generations."

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?

Man Found With No Opinion Whatsoever About 'American Sniper'

Spencer Green | Posted 03.28.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a stunning news development, a Trumbull County, Ohio resident has been discovered who claims to have no opinion whatsoever about the Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper.

Conservatives Can't Stop Re-Framing: MLK... Civil Rights... Jesus?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Conservatives "out-frame" progressives: Estate taxes are" death" taxes. Given their success, conservatives are no longer limiting "framing" to policy issues. They're busy re-framing history.

How Pope Francis Helps Liberals

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The pope's visit to America in September 2015 will have a dramatic impact on the public discourse and issue debates of the presidential and congressional campaigns that will formally begin in January 2016, to the advantage of liberals.

Dear Conservatives, Let's Not Ruin 2015 Like We Ruined 2014

Isaac Saul | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Isaac Saul

Liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, centrists and libertarians, independents and people who claim they hate politics, we're all in it together and we're all responsible for our country's actions -- whether we voted for those actions or not.

Most Disconcerting of 2014: Minimum Wage Increases Pass in States Electing Republicans?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Democratic messaging is getting some post-election attention, but not the right kind of attention. For messaging isn't just tweaking style. If the Democrats are going to be successful, they need to reconsider their substance.

Conservatives Versus Liberals

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

I propose that we abandon using the term "conservative" and replace it with the term "capitalist" in the meaning of a supporter of capitalism. Similarly, I suggest that we abandon using the term "liberal" or "progressive" and replace it with "socialist" as a supporter of socialism.

The Christmas Spirit Is an Affront to Conservative Values

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Comedy
Dale Hansen

On the surface, this charitable giving may seem like the right thing to do for the holiday season. In reality, it's part of a nefarious plot being perpetrated by the lamestream media and Comrade Obama to turn true patriots into bleeding heart liberals and bring down this once-great nation.

The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

Why Don't Conservatives See Racism?

Christopher Lamb | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

We hear ad nauseam from conservative commentators, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Jonah Goldberg, Charles Krauthammer, and Ann Coulter, that racism doesn't exist anymore or, if does, that liberals perpetuate it for political purposes..

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.

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.03.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

Don't Bother Winning Thanksgiving Arguments

Richard Zombeck | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

It occurred to me that afternoon as I was heading toward a stroke that no amount of facts or evidence was going to change this guy's mind and that neither of us was going to leave unscathed. I took the easy way out and said, "I'm sorry, but I've stopped arguing with people who are impervious to reality," and left it at that.

Was There a Villain in the 2014 Election?

Charles Redfern | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Elections -- always rough and wearisome -- are now tawdry cartoons churned by gaudy ad agencies hired by lackluster political parties. And so it will remain unless the listless elephant arises.

Kathleen Turner on Molly Ivins, Hollywood and Acting

Greg Archer | Posted 01.23.2015 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

There she is: The incomparable Kathleen Turner in a pair of fiery red cowboy boots and an oversized denim button-down shirt. She sits on the floor,...

5 Lessons From the Midterm Elections

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Democratic partisans spread the blame around: President Obama, party leaders, lethargic blue voters, and a hostile media. Nonetheless, there are five elementary lessons to be learned from the debacle.

Democrats Need to Coalesce Around Hillary Clinton Early

Jeza Belle | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Jeza Belle

While a host of progressive issues are dear to many of us, none of these should cloud our judgment in getting behind the one person who could not only win, but effectively govern this country and keep the conservative dogs at bay...Hillary Clinton.