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Paul Krugman on the 'Happy Dreams' of Bernie Sanders

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Throwing a wet blanket on progressive activists in a primary election season saying they're "unrealistic" when they're fighting like hell to turn the Bernie Sanders campaign into a grassroots social movement -- the "political revolution" Sanders is calling for -- is not only unhelpful to moving the nation forward, but disparages those who make up the democratic wing of the Democratic Party by portraying them as naïve dreamers.

Sorry, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Clinton Is Not a Progressive

Brian Boyko | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Brian Boyko

Jan Schakowsky is excited for Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton is a pro-woman woman. Given. No one (sane) ever suggested otherwise. And I, too, would love to see a real pro-woman woman as President of the United States. But my first choice candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, isn't running.

Shunning Hillary Is the Prescription for a Trump-Cruz White House

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The damage from the relentless Hillary bashing has been on full display. Polls supposedly show that her stock with every segment of Democrats has eroded. With the biggest and most worrisome of the drop-offs from women, especially white women.

Religion of Despair

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Despair has become so woven into the speech and rhetoric of our society that we don't even recognize it anymore. It is preached to us on Sunday from pulpits and become the leading theme on cable TV.

Why Progressives Vote Against Their Interests When Choosing Hillary Over Bernie Sanders

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Only Bernie Sanders upholds the progressive values many establishment Democrats like Clinton jettisoned for political power. For this reason, it's only logical to choose Sanders over Clinton, if ideals like ending perpetual war, wealth inequality, and racism mean anything to Democrats in 2016.

The Country Is Moving Left

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

It might not seem so in the middle of a day's news cycle, especially with that news always being about Donald Trump, but 2015 marked a year of change ...

What Latin American Catholics Can Teach the American Left

Jocelyn Macurdy Keatts | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Jocelyn Macurdy Keatts

The communal morality of Latin American Catholics may explain, for instance, why they are so radically more responsive to Pope Francis's message around climate change.

We Live On Borrowed Time: Talking Points for Democrats and Activists

Tom Hayden | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The Long War Doctrine -- advanced by Pentagon planners and neoconservatives almost 10 years ago -- projects up to 80 years of US military intervention to "win" the battle with radical jihadists. The implications are almost unthinkable to most Americans, or at least they have been until now.

Ben Carson Employs Fear Tactic in Swipe at Bernie Sanders's Proposal for Free College Tuition

Michael Sainato | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Sainato

The term 'free' turns many people off of the proposal, but denigrating Senator Sanders solution to increasing college costs and student debt is treating a college education as though it were merely a consumer good.

Chanukah and Christmas: A Return to Hope

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The good news is that there are many people in both of these religions who are capable of reclaiming the hopeful and loving and justice-oriented instincts that were there at the beginning and to create beautiful rituals to embody that energy.

The Need for a New Josiac Reform

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

Our readings for today give us a snapshot of the life of one of the most important, but largely unknown, figures in the entirety of the Hebrew Bible.

Democrats Have Finally Learned How to Talk About the Economy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 11.17.2016 | 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 11.17.2016 | 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 11.11.2016 | 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 11.02.2016 | 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 10.30.2016 | 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 10.29.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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 10.19.2016 | 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 10.16.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | 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 10.01.2016 | 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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.28.2016 | 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 09.23.2016 | 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.