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Is This the Weirdest Political Cycle Ever?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is a lot of quirkiness in this election cycle, and I'm not even talking about Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck. There is an odd sense I have that both parties are trying hard to lose.

A Modern Progressive Populist Platform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The way populism wins is to be angry at what the elites have done to this country and smart about how to fix it at the same time. It is the only thing that will save the Democrats politically and rebuild our country again.

WTF with OMG?

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

OMG!OMG!OMG! It is infinite and adamant, this brain-chipped bird-chirp au moment, in its insistent concrete sweep of yesterday's American spoken language.

Putin's Pee Joke: It Would Be Funny if it Weren't so Sad

Simon Shuster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Simon Shuster

It is one of Russia's oldest traditions to write directly to the Tsar when something goes wrong. Putin did not create this mentality. It is just a symptom of an authoritarian state that rests upon a giant, immovable bureaucracy.

Kagan in Context: Shafting Progressive Values

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The White House is in the grip of conventional centrist wisdom. Grim results stretch from Afghanistan to the Gulf of Mexico to communities across the USA.

A Modern Populist Movement

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Is the "only potent grassroots" populist movement on the right? Is populism for Democrats a dead strategy? Being a student of history, and an active participant in movement politics right now, I think it is important to make a few points here.

The Strange Politics of Class in America

David Callahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Callahan

It is hard to recall examples like financial and health care reform in which the legislative battle lines were drawn in such sharp contrast to what voters' pocketbook concerns might logically dictate.

The Lowdown from Hightower

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

"Here's what populism is not," Jim Hightower told my colleague Bill Moyers on the final edition of Bill Moyers Journal. "It is not just an incoherent outburst of anger."

The Real Deficit Is Jobs!

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

The real deficit is jobs. That is one more of those things that everyone can see in front of their faces, but we're told it isn't what it is.

The 17th Amendment is Good for America

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

There's a movement afoot to repeal the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution which allows for the two US Senators from each state to be "el...

Microfinance among the Populists

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Populist governments across Latin America are re-shaping the environment in which microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide financial services to low i...

Fixing The Forgotten Deficit Can Fix The Scary Deficit

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

It is time to examine how much better off the majority might be if we balance trade as a means to balancing the budget.

"Nobody Is on Our Side"

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections. The Massachusetts special election. The Utah Republican party conventions. The Mollohan party upset in West Virginia. Yesterday's results. How many wake-up calls do politicians need?

Jason Linkins

NYT's Douthat: Tea Party And Other Populist Moments Mask Power Elite | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat contends that in this seemingly "populist moment" -- where public discontent appears to be in full flower -- behind the scenes, all of the existing power structures are retrenching.

Corporate Earmarks: Free Market, Indeed!

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

In all the partisan jockeying around whether or not to ban some or all Congressional earmarks, a small detail has been overlooked--the fact that Congr...

For the Seriously Faithful, Choosing Resistance as an Organizing Principle (and becoming Glenn Beck's worst nightmare??)

Rev. Peter Laarman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Laarman

it seems to me that the only way forward for leaders who fully understand the dangerous nature of these times is to be both persistently reasonable and persistently theological.

The Little Putz

Larry Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Abrams

The Little Putz was never taken in; he understood Obama. He also understood -- or thought he understood -- what it took to pass a tough-minded package of reforms through a dysfunctional Congress.


Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

That we the people continue to buy into the modern myth of democracy simply allows oligarchy to persist unchallenged. As a populace, we are complicit in our silence.

Pentagon Attack Highlights Growing Conspiracist Anger

Chip Berlet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chip Berlet

Is it a surprise that an angry citizen, John Patrick Bedell, attacked the entrance to the Pentagon? Was it a surprise that an angry taxpayer flew his ...

Romney, Thinking of 2012, Repeats Old Mistakes

Andrew Belonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Belonsky

Romney proves again that he's a masterful flip-flopper, particularly when it comes to populism.

The Hopey Changey Stuff

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Palin's popularity in segments of society indicates that a portion of the voting population has come to disdain science, objective truth and the benefits resulting from our waning period of enlightenment.

Let's Call It "Pocketbook Populism"

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Time to take back "populism" from Teabaggers and Palinites who've kidnapped it to only mean less government and taxes. Democrats need to define a phrase and philosophy that tells Independents we're on your side.

Banana Republic, U.S.A.? "Populism" Comes to America

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

Confronting economic malaise, the country seems to be heading back into one of its perennial populist cycles. As a result, "going populist is now smart politics and good policy."

Obama Poll Watch -- January, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After taking a look at Obama's numbers for the month, we continue our march backwards through history, this month serving up a comparison between Obama and Richard Nixon's term-and-a-half.

The Dalai Lama Brings Back Obama's Mojo

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

David Plouffe is clearly a man with a plan to repair the president's standing and help the Democrats retake the initiative.