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Progressive Populism

The D.C. Centrists' Straw Men

Mike Lux | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the tiredest clichés in all of American politics -- and a favorite of D.C. "centrists" -- is that economic populism is all about beating up on the rich and redistributing income instead of pursuing economic growth. But Elizabeth Warren and her fellow progressives are not, either in rhetoric or policy, anti-growth or anti-business or out to "soak" the rich.

Warren Brings Populism Down South. Is Hillary Paying Attention?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What should Democrats take away from Warren's visit to Kentucky? And what does it tell Hillary Clinton? It demonstrates Bill's old-fashioned triangulation -- the means by which the Democratic Party moved itself toward the corporate right -- has passed its sell-by date, even in Bill's native South.

The Return of Sixties Values

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The level of U.S. political rancor has reached an intensity not seen since the '60s with its battles over civil rights and the Vietnam War. On the one hand, we have Republicans advocating a new Iraq war and more tax breaks for the rich. On the other hand, we have Democrats saying no to war and standing up for working families.

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.

Right-Wing GOP vs. Corporate Democrats vs. Progressive Populism

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Progressives need to fight back. The electoral struggle is just one part of what's needed to build effective social movements, but it's an important part. And that effort should include primary battles to elect real progressives to Congress.

Polls and the Democratic Narrative

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The polling business is far more of an art than a science, and is easily manipulated. Even so, a poll recently released by Third Way -- seemingly designed to try and talk Democrats out of using populist rhetoric -- is nothing short of malpractice.