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The Populist Moment

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Of all the myths that circulate in Washington, perhaps none is more prevalent or intractable than the one that says that the United States is a "moderate" nation.

Jon Ward

Hillary Clinton's Comment She Hasn't Driven Since '96 Is Out Of Tune With Populist Mood | Jon Ward | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rising inequality, a sense of the system being rigged in favor of the powerful: Those themes have been building for years, among conserv...

Winning Warren-Style

Mike Lux | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The challenges that have kept progressive populists from winning presidential elections and creating a lasting majority movement are still there. This blog post lays out the challenges I think we have to overcome, and a strategy for doing so.

To Fix the Problem of Inequality, Fight for Full-Employment

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservative populism becomes most powerful, as we saw in the last mid-term election in 2010, when liberal politicians ignore the fundamental nature of the economic crisis and leave the field to conservatives on the issue that voters care most about: jobs.

Bill de Blasio, the FDR of New York

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Don't get carried away analyzing the presence of Bill and Hillary Clinton at the de Blasio inauguration. Starting this week, it is de Blasio who is the big show, not the Clintons.

Pope Francis: 2013 Politician of the Year

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Bob Burnett

In 2013 there was a resurgence of populism in the U.S., with the enormous popularity of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and the victory of Bill de Blasio in the New York mayor's race. And populists gained a powerful ally in Pope Francis.

100 Years Is Enough: Time to Make the Fed a Public Utility

Ellen Brown | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Ellen Brown

December 23, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, warranting a review of its performance. Has it achieved the purposes for which it was designed?

The People's Politics of Nelson Mandela

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

We need to switch from the dominant "great man" view of Mandela as a singular savior of South Africa to an understanding of his citizen-empowering politics if we are to do justice to his legacy and its potential for contribution to a world in turmoil and crisis.

Third Way, Elizabeth Warren, and the Real Battle

Mike Lux | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The far more important question is how we win the bigger more consequential war that sparked this little back-and-forth this week: the war that Wall Street and the other powers that be are fighting to defeat the progressive populist ideas of our leaders and our movement.

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.

Populism Isn't 'Disastrous' -- It's Democratic

Christine Pelosi | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We need jobs, growth and the American safety net now more than ever. Why should President Obama give up his pledge to tackle the elephant in the room known as corporate welfare?

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Occupy, Progressives and Democracy

John O'Kane | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
John O'Kane

If leaders with an agenda begin to surface from Occupy and take the electoral route, will they become only well-funded democrats? Can Occupy have an impact without moving inside; without mounting a full effort to reform the system?

Elizabeth Warren: Tribune of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

What is clear is that there is a growing debate within the Democratic Party between its Wall Street wing and its Democratic wing -- and Elizabeth Warren is already playing a leading role in defining the agenda and electrifying the base of that Democratic wing.

Populism vs. Nihilism

Mike Lux | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The contrast between tea party extremism and populist progressives could not be more telling. Both are based in part on the anger tough times stir up, but these two movements are moving in opposite directions.

Summers: The Courage to Say Yes to Wall Street?

Mike Lux | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Larry Summers is the wrong guy for the wrong job at the wrong time. This pick is terrible politics and worse substance.

Ryan Grim

Boehner, House GOP Go Populist On Obamacare | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have a new weapon to wield against Obamacare: populism. Party leaders unsheathed it Tuesday morning at a Capitol press...

The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.04.2013 | Home
James Marshall Crotty

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Isr...

Europe's Ghosts Are Here to Stay

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 07.21.2013 | Home
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

As the lack of trust and discontent continue growing, the citizens are turning their back on the traditional pro-European political parties and supporting others who are against the EU.

Why Americans Love Creationism

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

I was sobered while watching a recent conversation on HuffPost Live about America's troubled conversation over origins. The wide-ranging conversation shines a remarkable light on the country's century-long battle over creation vs. evolution.

The Populist Temptation: Will Latin America Escape Its Past?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.01.2013 | Home
Nathan Gardels

Though the interventionist role of the military has mostly disappeared across Latin America today, the temptation of populist politics remains. Indeed, today, the temptation is greater than ever as democracy joins with a politically active middle class.

Hugo Chávez and the Middle East: Which Side Was He On?

Danny Postel | Posted 05.13.2013 | Home
Danny Postel

I admire a great deal of what Chávez and his Bolivarian Revolution accomplished in Venezuela. It's precisely because of these positive accomplishments that Chávez's record on the Middle East and North Africa is so disconcerting.

Information Age Populism

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.03.2013 | College
Harry Boyte

On November 27, in the midst of arguments about taxes and the debt, another debate took place in Washington. This one involved two political traditions eclipsed in recent years, now stirring again to life: civil society conservatism and progressively-inclined populism.

The Other Loser in 2012

Mike Lux | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The many losers on the Republican side were to my mind some of the people and groups who have degraded our politics and policies in the worst kind of way. But there is one other set of people and groups who lost in this election.

In Unity There Is Strength

Mike Lux | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

I do believe that there is a clear trend in the White House toward thinking it is better for Democrats to be unified in policy fights with the Republicans, simply because they keep getting rewarded politically when they are.