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The Next Generation: Calling an End to Hate Crimes

Mia Norton | Posted 05.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

Even if you cannot stand up and speak out for gay rights, you can fight the same fight for life. We each hold the ability and carry the obligation of impacting our world for the better.

Does Meditation Make You More Politically Liberal?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Douglas LaBier

When participants in the study meditated they subsequently reported significantly higher levels of spirituality, and they expressed more liberal political attitudes. But how such feelings translate into specific political positions is questionable.

Why Liberals Should Stand With Rand

Scott Blakeman | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

Ron Wyden was the only Democratic senator to stand with Rand Paul during the filibuster. Where were the other liberals?

You Might Not Be a Progressive If...

Dennis Danziger | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Dennis Danziger

I sense the word "progressive" gives coverage to a lot of people who are more conservative than they claim to be.

Now Is a Great Time to Reclaim the L-Word

David Mednicoff | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
David Mednicoff

If this is a moment for Liberals to come out of the woodwork and reclaim proudly the "L" word, this does not mean we should gloat or be heedless of or condescending towards the real, often heartfelt, disagreements between us and many Republican voters.

Gun Control? We Need Domestic Disarmament

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

A true liberal position, the place to start, is to call for domestic disarmament. That is the banning of the sale of all guns to private parties coupled with a buyback of those on the street.

On the Cognitive and Historic Roots of Our Destructive Modern Polarization

David Ropeik | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.

Godless Liberal Sickos Win Again

Mark Morford | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Mark Morford

The infamous "culture wars" officially declared in the Reagan era and then hissed forth through the years by everyone from George W. Bush to Rick Warren are essentially over.

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.

We All Live Here

Libby Mitchell | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Libby Mitchell

Guns are becoming more important than people. More important than maintaining a civil society. What this is about (at least as far as I am concerned) is intimidation.

The Conservative 'Party' Dominates

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

There is a very widely shared myth about "Washington." Accordingly, there are two camps, the right-wing GOP and the left-leaning Democrats, who are more or less matched. Each control one house of Congress, and command about half of the electorate. Hence, the gridlock. Gridlock exists when one party pulls east and the other party pulls west and, hence, nothing budges. This is not the case in Washington. Here, most times, one party wants to move east and the other wants to stay put. Thus, what appears as gridlock is actually one conservative blocking victory after another. The fact that the last Congress passed only half as many bills as most previous ones does not trouble the conservatives one bit.

Our Congressmen Should Play Civilization

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.04.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Yesterday I was playing Sid Meier's popular computer game, Civilization V, when I realized my economy was floundering. And by "floundering," I mean I couldn't afford to buy a toothpick. Why? Because for decades, my government had been spending too much and making too little.

A Philosophical Civil War in Dying America

Glen Browder | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Unfortunately, the most disruptive development in contemporary America is a divisive struggle over democratic ideals, cultural values, and principles of governance.

15 Potential Toxic Contributions to Acts of Violence

Fred Lundgren | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Fred Lundgren

Most of us assume that school massacres are increasing in frequency, in part, because our society embraces weapons of death equally in games, sports a...

The Conservatives Are Coming!

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The ink on the reports of the election results has barely dried and conservatives have already rolled out the first big post-election victory -- by enacting a so called "right to work" law in, of all places, Michigan.

Politics Spotlights Difference Between Liberals, Conservatives

Posted 12.13.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 12/12/2012 05:30 PM EST on LiveScience With media figureheads like Rush Limbaugh and Mic...

Social Media Fuels Hyper-patriotism

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 02.05.2013 | Media
Gregory G. Allen

When can we just go back to being Americans and not have to continue to label ourselves so we can instantly pick a fight? I long for that day to arrive.

Why Democrats and Republicans Are Failing

Bernard Rowan | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Bernard Rowan

All corners prefer to be reelected above all else. The public is pretty much equally divided about the kind of liberal we want to see elected and/or reelected, be (s)he Democrat or Republican.

Bill O'Reilly's "Traditional America" Is Damaging Our Future

Anjali Sareen | Posted 02.02.2013 | Media
Anjali Sareen

Bill O'Reilly believes that "traditional" America is dead. Maybe he's right. Maybe the positions taken by Obama supporters this election season aren't "traditional positions." But here's a question, Bill: Just how far back do you want to set the clock to "traditional" America?

Liberal Theology And The Uncertainness Of God

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Our theology is both a faith statement and a process of reflection. Our faith teaches us that we can expect to continue to be inspired, to learn from one another, and to seek out that spiritual growth.

Why My Fellow Liberals Should Support Israel in Her Conflict with Hamas

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 01.20.2013 | World

The Zionist experiment has emerged -- quietly and vibrantly -- as a clear demonstration of the power of progressive values. Let's stand with those who continue to uphold our deepest principles, even in the face of the most belligerent anti-liberal provocations.

The War on Weather!

Bronston Jones | Posted 01.20.2013 | Comedy
Bronston Jones

Republicans may hate science, but they love a good war. Iraq suggest, they love bad wars too. So let's get these guys excited about a war that might actually benefit mankind.

Liberal Shamelessness on Iran and Middle East

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

As President Obama signaled renewed interest this week in a "diplomatic resolution to the problem" with Iran, liberal advocates of soft regime change are again coming out of the woodwork to profess their support for engaging Tehran.

Adventures in Conservative Theater

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

There is an oft-repeated cry from certain corners of the creative community lamenting the lack of political theater on our stages. Yet I seriously doubt that the Republican Theater Festival is what they had in mind.

Why I'm Fighting For Divorce Reform

Beverly Willett | Posted 01.13.2013 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

The election is over, but our nation remains as divided as ever. In my view, however, the number one problem facing America today is not the deficit or unemployment or health care. It's family instability.