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Are Progressives Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

If fall of 2008 was "silly season", then what does that make this election cycle? We are in a critical moment (yes, I know someone says that every ...

Post-Midterms Foreign Policy: Will They Make a Difference?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Do not expect the change in the balance of power on Capitol Hill to have any dramatic effect on foreign policy.

On Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andy Jackson All About 2010 Election

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
MJ Rosenberg

As the show points out, it didn't matter what Jackson believed so long as he pitted himself against those more educated and serious politicians who actually believed the federal government could do some good.

One Nation March: Sometimes Size Doesn't Matter

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

The One Nation Working Together march did not draw as many people to the Washington Mall as Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally a few weeks prior. A...

Gov. Joe Manchin Campaign Launches Strong New Ad vs. John Raese

Jim McKay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim McKay

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin has released a strong new ad that uses his wealthy GOP opponent John Raese's own words to show how out-of-touch Raese's faux-populist message is.

Fighting for the Middle Class and Against Big Money Special Interests

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The progressive populist message -- which seriously moves the dial for Democrats in Stan Greenberg's polling -- is being used by more and more candidates. Here are three exciting examples.

Reversing the Dumbing of America

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Vander Ark

America is not just increasingly anti-intellectual, it's often just dumb. The rise of populism is, in part, an unwillingness to engage in the complexity of the society that we've created and mistrust of those attempting to do so.

Glenn Beck, Conservatism, and the War on the Poor

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

It will be hard for anything to get done in American politics with a campaign of relentless class warfare being waged by the rich and powerful against those without the means to fight back.

Maybe Not Such a Mid-Term Blowout

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama has insisted that the Bush era tax cuts, which expire this year, be extended for "only" about 98 percent of Americans, but not for households making over $250,000 a year. Hard to argue with that, but watch the GOP try.

Obama the Populist

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

At his moment of greatest political peril, Obama turns to a populist tone and rhetoric that is heartening for an old Midwestern populist like me to see. Welcome to the barricades, Mr. President.

Populism and Equality: It's the Economy, Stupid

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Levine

Right-wing populism morphs easily into culture wars in which nostalgia for ways things never were contends with the cultural by-products of secular and progressive ideologies.

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.