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Democrats Have Finally Learned How to Talk About the Economy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Democrats regularly challenge Republican economic policies on grounds of fairness but fail to provide an explanation of how to move the economy forward and create prosperity. Finally, that is beginning to change.

Marillion: Unconventional -- An Interview With Tim Sidwell

Phil Simon | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Phil Simon

Over the course of three absolutely magical days, Marillion -- one of my very favorite bands -- captivated thousands of hard-core fans with over eight hours of fantastic music.

Is Being Spiritual the Last Taboo?

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

I believe its because being openly spiritual is The Last Great Social Taboo, judged as shameful, embarrassing or stupid in our technocratic, über-rationalist culture. Why do we continue to allow our friends, communities, workplaces and ecological systems to suffer when self-love, brother-love and planet-love can transform all suffering in its path?

Here's How Progressive Evangelicals Can Win Back Millennials

Deborah Jian Lee | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Deborah Jian Lee

I'm part of the recent mass exodus of young people from the church that has evangelical leaders wondering to each other, what went wrong? Surveys from 2013 estimate that after leaving high school about eight million twenty-somethings will leave church by the time they turn 30.

Why Bernie Deserves the Muslim-American Vote

Atif Choudhury | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Atif Choudhury

I fully trust Bernie to both a President and Commander-in-Chief who will use might for right and do the right thing--and while I certainly do not speak for this immensely vibrant and diverse family of communities--I call on my fellow Muslim Americans to entrust him to do the same.

Have Atheists Hijacked Humanism (And How Humanists Can to Get it Back)

Mike Mennonno | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Mike Mennonno

If only the religious right's influence were limited to "Pastors of LA." Unfortunately, religion still causes harm in real life. And that is what has always given atheists their sharp edge.

The Atlantic Casts an Early Vote for More of the Same

Caleb Brooks | Posted 10.27.2015 | Media
Caleb Brooks

Given their typically unprolific publishing pace, The Atlantic and its subsidiary, Quartz, snuck in what amounted to a relative barrage of jabs at Bernie Sanders around midday on Monday.

It Is Time to Get on Board, Progressives!

Bob Herbst | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics
Bob Herbst

After electing three Presidents with little or no Washington experience, paying them to learn and make their mistakes, we now have in Hillary Clinton a long-time Washington hand with substantial executive and legislative experience.

On Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties, Hillary Clinton Is Not a Progressive

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

If George Bush claimed he were a progressive, we would rightly laugh. Yet no one -- no one -- challenged Clinton's unequivocal claim to progressivism at the CNN Democratic debate earlier this week.

Business and Progressives Allied: Politics and Pocketbooks

Mike Lux | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives must strongly support policies that help small business and new companies, both politically and with our pocketbooks. We can't lessen income inequality, and we can't change the top 1 percent orientation of our politics, without having a vital and growing high road business sector.

The Pope Is Catholic. Get Over It!

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

News flash for progressives: Pope Francis is not one of you! He never has been. The same thing goes for conservatives. The man is just Catholic.

Ross Douthat And The Shocking Misunderstanding Of Liberal Christianity

Derek Penwell | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Liberals and conservatives, Protestants and Catholics are all having to come to terms with an increasingly secular landscape. Aspiring to be more like Ross Douthat's vision of Christian orthodoxy, in other words, is no longer a hedge against decline, if it ever really was.

We're Not All That Different

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Isn't that what we need in our country right now -- some kind of breakthrough through the stalemates all around us? What exactly would it take to widen our own perspective enough to gain new insights about ourselves? My own experience suggests that answers may be closer than we realize.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bill Maher?

Mike Mennonno | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Maher in this case is not. What he and his strange bedfellows are promoting is way more dangerous to democracy than Islam could ever be. Religious extremism will not destroy America. But it's not fear of religion that will ultimately defeat religious extremism, either.

No, Chief Justice Roberts' Judicial Restraint Isn't Admirable

Evan Bernick | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In a word, no. The judiciary is not an exceptional, deviant institution in an otherwise pure democracy. The Constitution is pervasively countermajoritarian. It protects Americans against majority tyranny by providing that the government may act only when it has the authority to do so and by explicitly protecting individual rights.

Why Liberals See Barack Obama as Atticus Finch

John A. Tures | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's hard to say who has been more disappointed, liberals with Barack Obama, or Harper Lee fans with the portrayal of Atticus Finch in "Go Set A Watchman," the sequel to "To Kill A Mockingbird." Yet the real Obama and the fictitious Finch are not so different, as we have recently learned.

Finding Our National Values in Pope Francis' Message

Rudy López | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Rudy López

Having a Pope who is as outspoken against inequality and systemic greed as Francis has been, you can only imagine the level of excitement that any individual who cares about social and economic justice is feeling right now.

The Unheralded Force That Helped Win the Iran Deal and Reshape US Foreign Policy

Ben Wikler | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Ben Wikler

The Iran deal's political survival means many things at once. It signals the decline of AIPAC and the Likud lobby. But it also means something more, something largely missed in the many write-ups of how the victory was forged.

The Case For Voting

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Political scientist Larry Sabato once said, "Every election is determined by the people who show up." Though the quote is at first blush rather banal, it carries profound implications for American democracy.

I Am A Liberal, And I am Not Opposed To India's Beef Ban

Ash Murthy | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Ash Murthy

So-called progressives have been quick to criticize the beef ban as an affront to religious freedom, tolerance and personal choice. But it is paradoxical to talk of tolerance while turning a blind eye to the trauma and cruelty that the bovines face in the mostly unlicensed and ill equipped slaughterhouses in India.

It's NOT the Economy, Stupid!

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

Liberals are sorely mistaken when they assume that Maslow's hierarchy of needs is universal and that programs primarily promoting economic redistribution are going to speak to what people most deeply care about.

In Search of Elizabeth Warren

Llewellyn King | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Warren has star power. She is a natural at the podium, and revels in it. At least she did at Suffolk, where the cognoscenti came out to roar their affirmation every time she threw them some red meat, which she did often.

New iPhone, Exciting - New Policy Agenda, Not

Mark Gomez | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Mark Gomez

We live in an age of remarkable progress in so many parts of our lives. As an immigrant, that progress reminds me of why my family came here. It is inspiring. Yet in those parts of our lives that matter most, we seem stuck. That is why so many Americans have lost faith in better days.

Congress Can Rein In the Supreme Court's Ideologues If It Uses Its Authority

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Super PACs are taking in unprecedented amounts of cash, all the while being allowed to conceal the identities of their donors. This amounts to little more than legalized bribery, which the Supreme Court has aided and abetted with their rulings on McCutcheon, Citizens United, and similar decisions.

3 Ways Bill Maher Is a Hard-Core Femmevangelical

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

You might be thinking, Bill Maher is a an atheist, lady. But honestly, as a Christian minister, I have to say he's a model Christian, too.