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Political Dysfunction

It's Candidate Smith by a Landslide

Patrick Caddell | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Patrick Caddell

The difference between today's political structure and the aspirations of Americans is a vision of alternate universes. One is the status quo of the political, media, and establishment elite. The other universe is that of the American people.

Dysfunctional Party Bureaucracies Lead Congress Astray

Stephen Tryon | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Stephen Tryon

Americans have good reason to be disgusted with politics in Washington. Both major political party organizations shamelessly pursue policies designed to generate the most money and power for the party in the short term.

Whose Voices Are These?

Lance Simmens | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The levels of inequality, injustice, unintended results, hypocrisy, and brutality that our children witness on a daily basis contributes to a sense of hopelessness and fatalism that I believe is both justified and heartbreaking.

Tootsie for President!

Erin Donley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Erin Donley

I recently watched the movie Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman. I actually thought, "Wouldn't it be sweet to have a president who can speak Tootsie-style?" She fearlessly ripped open the curtain to reveal the dysfunction all around her/him. It woke everyone up in a painful, yet positive way.

We Need a Shot in the Arm, if Not a Moonshot

Mark Penn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Penn

Given the state of our economy today, we may not have the luxury of a moonshot like the GI Bill or the invention of the Internet to restore Americans' faith in opportunity. But we must do something, because our young people are internalizing the melancholy as the new normal.

Will You Join Me in My Campaign to Move This Country Forward?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Last week we successfully launched our Reclaiming Main Street Campaign, starting in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we...

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Lance Simmens | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Lance Simmens

The contemporary political environment is so toxic that it has rendered calls for transparency from both the left and right. Yes, in one of the cruel...

Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

The Washington tantrum that threatened the global economy over the last several weeks is no isolated instance of some peculiarly American dysfunction.

Think Again: Political Dysfunction Summer Reading

Eric Alterman | Posted 10.23.2012 | Books
Eric Alterman

The book business moves slowly. Our political dysfunction has been obvious for many years, but the topic is only now making its way into the nation's bookstores in a sustained fashion.

White House of the Blues

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Paul Stoller

The magic of The Blues worked itself way into the White House, providing a moment of communitas in Washington, D.C., a moment of unexpected unity in our divided society.