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Weekend Roundup: Populists Grow Stronger Once in Power

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.02.2016 | Home
Nathan Gardels

Populists, caudillos and strongmen in power don’t fail at the outset, they gain strength. That is because their personalist rule delivers up front t...

The Mind Of The Trump Supporter

Frank Islam | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

Over the past several months, considerable attention has been devoted to the mind and mindfulness -- or lack thereof -- of Donald Trump. There has been less of a focus on the mind of the Trump supporter.

Turn Left on Main Street

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Congressman John K. Delaney, what are you talking about? In a recent Washington Post op-ed, headlined, "The last thing America needs? A left-wing version of the Tea Party," the Democratic congressman from Maryland scolds progressives and expresses his worry "about where some of the loudest voices in the room could take the Democratic Party." But the progressive agenda isn't "left wing." The progressive agenda is America's story -- from ending slavery to ending segregation to establishing a woman's right to vote to Social Security, the right to organize, and the fight for fair pay and against income inequality. Strip those from our history and you might as well contract America out to the US Chamber of Commerce the National Association of Manufacturers, and Karl Rove, Inc.

Democrats Are Having Trouble With The Working Class, Just Like The 2010 Midterms

Bill Schneider | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Bill Schneider

A lot of people think the Democrats' big problem is race. But Obama himself got elected twice. The bigger problem for Democrats may be class.

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.

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.

A Tale of Two Constituencies

Mike Lux | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Public opinion matters a great deal in the American system of government, just as it does in any democracy. But it sure isn't the only thing that matters, as the following true story demonstrates. It's what I call A Tale of Two Constituencies.

The Year of the Populist Woman

Mike Lux | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

If all or even most of this class of women senators were to win in 2012, it would be historic, easily the highest quality group of new women senators ever. Progressives should do everything we can to rally behind them and help carry them to victory.

Obama's Populism

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The only thing wrong with Obama's populism is that it took him until nearly the year of his re-election to practice it resolutely. More, please.

Tea and Empathy: The Connection Between High Unemployment, Record Foreclosures, and Right Wing Rage

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Rage -- and talking about rage -- is all the rage these days. Hot on the heels of an outbreak of threats against members of Congress, this week broug...