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Corporate Triumphs, Progressive Victories and the Roadmap for a Democratic Revival

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Tuesday's Republican wave of election victories did not reflect public opinion or the public mood. Instead it was the result of the GOP's triumph in changing the rules of democracy to favor big business and conservative interest groups.

Don't Worry Democrats, There Are Still Progressive Parties On The Upswing

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

American voters headed to the polls on Tuesday and appeared to be ready to hand the nation’s Republican party a substantial victory in the midterm e...

The Progressive Presidential Primary

Cenk Uygur | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

So far there haven't been very many progressives willing to stick their head out there and say they're willing to take on Team Hillary. I understand that the Washington media is saying that she can't be beat. That's hilarious. Isn't that exactly what they said in 2008?

Would You Vote for This Atheist?

Staks Rosch | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Staks Rosch

Conventional wisdom says that James Woods doesn't have a prayer. As an atheist, Woods relies on his message, values, supporters, and voters and not on prayers. While it is also true that the demographics are against him, his message is getting out there and that is an awesome win for atheists and for progressives.

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.

Resurrecting Hope

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Democracy is worth fighting for. Regardless of the president's popularity, progressives need to get involved in this election and fight for candidates that hold our values.

Hillary Clinton And The Progressive Pursuit Of Perfection

Taylor Marsh | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

The season of progressive discontent over Hillary's coming 2016 candidacy is upon us.

Senator Bernie Sanders Warns of the Dire Consequences if the Republicans Take Over Congress

Pearl Korn | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

It would be hard to argue that we have not seen some remarkable achievements in the past week or so, most notably in the form of the massive, grassroots power displayed by the hundreds of thousands of people coming together in common cause in the heart of the world's financial capital, New York City.

Comeback for the Left in Eastern Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

As nationalist extremism gains popularity throughout East-Central Europe, can Krytyka's message of hope in hard times steal the thunder from the right and appeal to millions of Europeans orphaned by the economic crisis?

Creative Tension: Hillary and the Progressive Movement

Mike Lux | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

What happens to progressive causes when centrist Democrats win? Well, sometimes we will win and sometimes we will lose. But at least we will win some of the time, as opposed to being governed by Koch Republicans, where not only will we never make progress, but we could see truly horrible policies enacted.

Progressives Decry Obama as a Lawbreaker

Kevin Price | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Before Barack Obama was even elected he was called a "law breaker" by many Americans who didn't believe the Senator had met the basic requirement of ...

Why the Biggest Climate March in History Will Build The Movement Against Climate Protection

Bill Shireman | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

The march is proving to be a grassroots bonanza for climate "skeptics," who are already leveraging the event to boost their movement, according to Future 500's analysis of activism in the lead up to the march.

Obama Has Right Strategy on ISIS, But Harder Questions Coming

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

Those of us who have served in the military know the best-outlined plans can quickly be torn up by the realities of combat. The question facing the Obama administration is what happens next if things don't go according to plan?

Playing Defense and Still Losing

David Coates | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
David Coates

You don't win football games by only playing defense. And you don't win mid-elections that way either. Perhaps somebody should remind the Democrats that winning elections, like winning games, requires you to take the game to the opposition, and to take it to them on your terms -- not on theirs.

Progressives Losing Their Way, at Home and Abroad

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Dana Beyer

It has been clear for the past century what being a progressive means, yet this past year there have been significant attempts to redefine the meaning, for the sake of money on the one hand and hatred on the other.

Just How Big Is the 'Mormon Left'?

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

Whether or not the Mormon Left is a substantial minority or an extreme super-minority may have important ramifications for the viability and success of future efforts by Mormon intellectuals and progressives to shape the future direction of their faith tradition.

Higher Education and the Politics of Free Spaces

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

Put differently, it can be said that the democratic movement in higher education is inextricably linked to the future of democracy itself. At the center of this connection is the existence and rebirth of free spaces.

Gaza as Seen by a Progressive Zionist

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

There is one country in the Middle East which respects women's rights, gay rights, the rights of political minorities, free speech and the right of dissent, and that is Israel. There is no other nation in the region which could, in any sense of the word, be considered progressive.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

9 Important Things We Can Learn From The Younger Generation

Alison Sher | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Alison Sher

There are as many ways to navigate your 20s as there are 20-somethings. Here is what the next crop of human potential has working in its favor.

Dave Jamieson

How Obama Suddenly Became Pro-Worker | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In May 2013, low-wage workers in federal buildings in Washington began walking off the job in a series of one-day strikes. Employed by c...

Does Political Correctness Work?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 10.06.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

While our lexicons are being updated to reflect a changing understanding of prejudice, it's hard to imagine that some of us aren't losing our relation to the real-life problems that our language is trying to solve.

Did Jesus Really Condemn Same-Sex Marriage?

Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark Achtemeier

Opponents of marriage equality claim that Jesus confers his own stamp of approval on marriage between a man and a woman, and in so doing rules out the possibility of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships among his followers. There are multiple problems with this claim.

The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)

Not All Christians: How the Progressive Agenda Might Benefit From 'Judging Not'

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Mocking Christians for living in the past doesn't just alienate Christians; it alienates moderates, independents and future millennial voters. Trying to defame and decry social liberalism backfired for conservatives, so what's to stop the same tactics from backfiring on us?