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Change Nation: Doing Something About a Broken Economy

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

The most important part of building a movement to fix our broken economic system is listening to and connecting people. That's what's different about Change Nation, which we launch today.

Battleground North Carolina: Midnight Madness & the Southern Backlash

Michael Carmichael | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

While there is a growing progressive trend supporting vetoes of radical right-wing legislation, there is a definite backlash against centrist, populist, Blue Dog-style Democrats in North Carolina and all across the South.

The Obama Majority's Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Brian Komar | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Komar

Blaming the Administration alone for progressives' woes misses the point and risks masking a far greater problem for the left: we put too much hope in one person, the president, because we don't yet have a strong and substantive movement.

Was Rahm Right About Progressives?

Steven Hill | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are "fucking retarded." Lately I've begun to think he was corr...

That Old 'Which Side Are You On?' Thing

Mike Lux | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Because Republicans want to destroy -- just utterly destroy -- unions, Medicare and Medicaid, the progressive movement and vast majority of the Democratic Party are on the same side. And it is a great feeling.

How We Spend Our Money Reflects Our Values

Laura Packard | Posted 02.10.2012 | Impact
Laura Packard

As Gloria Steinem put it, "We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs." But in our time-pressed daily lives, it's hard to make conscious choices whenever we go shopping.

The Revolution...Sorry, Transformation Starts Now!

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

I predict the naked power grab by the Republican party in Wisconsin will go down in history as the second "shot heard 'round the world" which began the second American Revolution. Except it won't be a revolution. It will be a transformation.

Where Are the Wisconsin-Style Protests Against the Congressional Republicans?

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Without any real opposition aimed at the slash-and-burn insanity on Capitol Hill, it might already be too late and the budgets for some of the most critical government services are nearly beyond resuscitation.

Wisconsin Is a Win/Win -- for the Koch Brothers

Frank Dwyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

The presidency of Barack Obama has been a catastrophe for business, the bankers, Wall Street, the corporations, and especially the poor Koch brothers. That's what you might think if you are stupid

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Launches New Project: 'Progressives United' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

Forget Obama and the Tea Party: Let's Start an Independent Online Progressive Party

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

Taking Egypt as our model, progressives should use new media to organize online and to start a second American revolution. Let the progressive party begin.

New Progressive PAC: If You Want Something Done Right...

Maceo Brown | Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago
Maceo Brown

Moving beyond the limitations of the traditional but arbitrary political divisions such as age, race, and socio-economic class has allowed our membership to define itself based on shared beliefs.

Reagan the Nuclear Hawk

Tad Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tad Daley

Ronald Reagan might well have started a nuclear war. And it was awakened citizens marching in the streets -- much like in Egypt today -- who stopped him.

Republican Congress: Back to the USSR

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Republicans claim to value the military, but it appears that many don't actually respect what the military values. If they did, they would be crawling over each other to understand and bolster our non-military, diplomatic security programs.

Entrepreneurial Populism

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If we want to make any progress in the legislative or regulatory arena, progressives will need to frame their ideas in new ways and look for alliances that go beyond the usual suspects.

A Revolution in Our Atmosphere, From Burning Too Many Fossil Fuels

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

Welcome to our planet, circa 2011, a planet that, like some unruly adolescent, has decided to test the boundaries. For two centuries now we've been burning coal and oil and gas, thus pouring carbon into the atmosphere. And now we're getting pinched.

The Gen Y State of the Union

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary A. Doe

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. This past Sunday would have been Franklin D. Roosevelt's 129th birthday. During this jobless recovery, we should rem...

Obama's Economic Philosophy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

President Obama reaffirmed his economic philosophy in the State of the Union address -- a government that works, invests, delivers opportunity, and that we can believe in. It is a lean government, not a big government.

Building a Better Union

Adam Borelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Borelli

Tonight President Obama has the unique opportunity to engage young progressives and all Americans, setting the tone for two years of principled presid...

Where Do Obama and Progressives Go From Here: Year-End Report

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

No president has ever won re-election with an estranged base, because it is a president's base that fights his battles for him. Mr. President, you can get your base back and you need to. If you show you are on our side, we will be on yours.

When a Country Votes on Your Existence: DREAM and DADT

Tanene Allison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tanene Allison

On a cold Saturday in Washington D.C., the Senate voted to expand possibilities for some and shut the door on others. What does it mean to live in a country that votes on your basic rights?

Celebration and Mourning on the Same Day

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Even with the bitter defeat of the DREAM Act, progressives need to take a moment here at the end of this tough year and celebrate the end of DADT. As MLK liked to remind us, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it curves toward justice.

Media Advocacy: Amplifying Your Argument

Alan Rosenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan Rosenblatt

So, how about recognizing that the creation and distribution of media containing your argument is inherently advocacy. Act accordingly, embrace media advocacy.

Are Progressives Losing Touch With Reality?

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The volume of progressive moping lately has been staggering -- otherwise sane progressives vowing to not vote in 2012 or to somehow conjure up a viable primary challenger is a great way to elect Awful Republican President X.

Every Man His Own Historian

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The right's twist of history to please its backers and fuel its agenda is a vigorous enterprise. Serious history, serious scholarship and serious discussion of facts and ideas are dismissed with tunnel vision.