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Rebels And Messiahs: 10 Spiritual Ancestors For Occupy Wall Street

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We started to make a list of people throughout history who might be considered Occupy Wall Street's spiritual forefathers and mothers, but it got so long it felt like the album cover for Sgt. Pepper.

The Absurdity of It All

Stanley Kutler | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Despite Ron Paul's "strong" second-place finish, our great pundits have dismissed him, and Bachmann is a darling while he is a pariah. Bachmann and Paul -- if there is a difference, it is one without a distinction.

Thomas Paine's Common Sense Is the Cure for Cynical Citizens

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books
Harvey J. Kaye

Need refreshment from the summer heat? A respite from the debt ceiling debacle? A break from the sense that all the hope was for naught? Read the book that turned America's colonial rebellion into a revolution.

Spirit Of Independence: Best Books On Founding Fathers (And A Few Mothers Too)

Posted 09.03.2011 | Books

Yes, we know the 4th of July is more about fireworks and picnics than the Revolutionary War, but we are, after all, celebrating American Independence....

'God Of Liberty': The Role Of Religion In American Independence

Anil Mundra | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Anil Mundra

America has always been religious -- and also religiously diverse. The historical narrative suggests that it's this special combination to which the United States owes its existence.

Christopher Hitchens On The Art Of A Proper Literary Feud

nytimes.com | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER | Posted 08.13.2011 | Books

In Sunday’s Week in Review, I wrote about the death of the old-school literary feud now that Paul Theroux has shaken hands with V.S. Naipaul, Rick M...

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

How John Adams and Thomas Paine Clashed Over Economic Equality

William Hogeland | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
William Hogeland

Here's John Adams on Thomas Paine's famous 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense": "What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." Then comes Paine on Adams: "John was not born for immortality."

Phil Ochs, Tom Paine, And There But for Fortune

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The afterlife of the man once called "Tom Paine with a guitar" has, for the last 30 years, paralleled that of Tom Paine himself. Both Ochs and Paine were discarded by their respective mainstream worlds.

When FDR Recruited Thomas Paine to the Struggle for the Four Freedoms

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Today the political right does its best to lay claim to the revolutionary patriot Thomas Paine and to harness him to the cause of constraining democra...

A Toast to the Revolutionary Patriot Thomas Paine

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Greetings to friends of Thomas Paine! We gather all across the USA -- believe me, ALL ACROSS THE USA! -- to celebrate the birthday of the man who in ...

What Conservatives Find Funny

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. Keeping an eye on conservatives as I do, I was intrigued by a popular new title, "365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy" ...

Reflections On Faith And Fear In Palin's America

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

The narrative of Palin's book is the same narrative that has dominated American religious history and has proven so detrimental to those who do not fit into the white Protestant fold.

George Washington Orders All Californians to Legalize Pot

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Harvey Wasserman

Tom Jefferson preferred marijuana to tobacco, or to any other crop he grew. He wrote his wonderful Declaration on paper made from it. Ben Franklin built an entire mill that used hemp as its primary stock.

Jill Lepore: Tea Party Time... and the Death of Compassion (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

There's more religion than politics in the 2010 Tea Party, Jill Lepore is saying. There's less of 1776 about it than of 1976 -- that dyspeptic post-Vietnam, post-Watergate bicentennial moment.

Only About the Law? Part II

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

Last Friday (Oct. 8) I published a commentary discussing the case Snyder v. Phelps currently before the U.S. Supreme Court; a case that, at first glan...

Atheist House Candidate Up Against Pillar of Prayer Caucus

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress, and most of those keep their religious opinions secret; polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any other group.

The Tea Party/GOP Would Hate Our Actual Founders

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.

Predator Drones: Bin Laden's Best Friends

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The United States should have anticipated the predator drone blow-back. The 1770 Boston Massacre occasioned but five American deaths, but engendered colonial hatred of the British that cascaded throughout the colonies.

George Washington -- the Teflon Founding Father?

John Ferling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Ferling

As a historian of the American Revolution, I have learned that to write about the Founders is guaranteed to get a lively response from general readers; to criticize them can be asking for trouble.

The Lowdown from Hightower

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

"Here's what populism is not," Jim Hightower told my colleague Bill Moyers on the final edition of Bill Moyers Journal. "It is not just an incoherent outburst of anger."

Common Sense In Iran

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Miller

Today, the youth of Iran have declared their own ideological revolution. They are tired of their failed theocratic state, of the illusion of democracy, and of cultural and international isolation.

Untouchable Fundamental Disagreements in the Health Care Reform Debate

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Republicans desperately oppose this clearly socialistic health care reform proposal, but have avoided presenting a free-market based solution, which actually could solve our crisis.

Walmart to Chileans: 'We Can Only Spare A Dime'

John Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Perkins

Walmart, a company that exploits the Chilean labor force and whose profits are astronomical, chose to spare less than their equivalent of a dime to the people of Chile during their time of need.

Strip Congress of Its Health Care to Jumpstart Reform!

Steven Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Solomon

In viewing health care reform here, we should all consider the case of the sudden legislative birth of England's historic sanitary reform, which was suddenly enacted in a little more than 2 weeks after years of dithering.