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American Impunity Abroad and at Home

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's human nature to want to believe in the rightness of our own actions and intentions. But it's precisely human nature that is the problem; the fact that human evil is predictable does not make it excusable. We must be willing to consider ourselves culpable, and to put ourselves at risk.

America: Now What?

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

One of the strongest impressions my 18,000-mile, 3 1/2-month road trip left me with was that not only are we Americans not all on the same page (to put it mildly), and not only do we not even want to be on the same page, but we live in different worlds.

Six Bullets

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

We have very little time before the cumulative effect of socioeconomic inequality and racial bias take an irrevocable toll on the United States. Please, Mr. Obama, end your vacation not for Iraq but for America.

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

Obama's 'Let's Have Tea' Approach to Foreign Policy

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Compare the "let's have tea" depiction of American foreign policy to the classic image of President Theodore Roosevelt's "big stick" diplomacy and it's clear that something is terribly wrong with America's approach to crises around the world.

Floor Pizza and the New Mediocrity

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Joseph A. Domino

As the quality of life continues to decline in America, I've been wracking my fevered brain for the single, perfect image to represent our downward spiraling dystopia. Like the "Grand Unification" theory sought by physicists.

D'Souza's Shameful Treatment of Conservatives Highlights Need for a Renaissance of Intellectual Conservatism

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Conservative doctrine can no longer afford to fall victim to poorly constructed books and films or, for that matter, "talking heads" who risk negating the very real contribution that this political philosophy has and can continue to make to our society.

America's Late Imperial Paradox

Ian Buruma | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Ian Buruma

The much-vaunted "liberal order" policed by the U.S. was a product of World War II and the Cold War. Germany and Japan had to be kept down, the Communist powers had to be contained, and the old countries of Europe had to learn to live with one another under unifying pan-national institutions. All of this was made possible by American money and military might. As a result, the Free World, in Western Europe and East Asia, became a US dependency. This cannot go on forever. Indeed, the arrangements are already fraying. But then comes the old imperial paradox. The longer others remain dependent on the U.S., the less capable they will be of taking care of their own affairs, including their security. And, like an authoritarian parent, the U.S. itself, despite its admonitions to its allies to pull their weight, is often loath to let go of its increasingly unruly dependents.

Elizabeth Warren and America's New Progressive Moment

Michael Cecil | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Cecil

Put simply, Warren represents the strongest counterweight to the influence of moneyed interests over our political process.

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Rise and Fall of the Nation's Largest Student Movement: the Students for Democratic Society

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Today, the student-activist organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is being reactivated on college campuses around the country as the New SDS. Yet, how many of its new members are aware of SDS's complex past and the role of its legendary leader, Carl Oglesby?

China Needs To Lighten Up. America Needs To Tighten Up.

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

As governing systems, both China's autocracy and America's democracy are facing crisis. In many ways, their crises are the mirror image of each other -- and so are the solutions. To fix itself, China needs more re-politicization -- robust popular feedback and accountability to aerate its hidebound mandarinate. American democracy needs more de-politicization --stronger meritocratic, non-partisan and deliberative practices and institutions -- to escape its capture by the populist, short-term horizon of voters, organized special interests and the paralyzing gridlock of its adversarial political parties. Our two political cultures are as distinct as our economies are intertwined. Yet both have much to learn from each other's strengths as well as weaknesses. In short, China needs to lighten up; America needs to tighten up.

Will 2014 End up like 1914?

Larry Summers | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Larry Summers

Economic success does not assure peace, but economic failure and disintegration almost assures conflict. It is incumbent on the leaders of the major nations of the world to figure out how to achieve more rapid and sustained economic growth. A commitment to maintain strength, to uphold the international order, is an inherent and deeply-seated part of any successful global system. Great powers can never bluff. When they bluff, when their intentions are uncertain, they are tested. When they are tested, questions arise, and the prospect of conflict mounts.

Post-Party Democracy Can Restore the Rule of the Many Over Money

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Now legally for sale to the highest bidder, multi-party representative democracy may well be compromised beyond repair. When elected officials increasingly represent their contributors instead of constituents, voting becomes a form of disenfranchisement disguised as consent of the governed. The more things get out of hand, the less radical the alternatives appear. To restore the rule of the many over money, we need to go way beyond the same old campaign financing debate and start thinking about reforming our system of democratic governance itself. It's time to open up the political imagination and think outside the conventional ballot box.

Why Jimmy LaSalvia Has Become a Welcome Independent Voice in the U.S.

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 03.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott De Buitléir

On Monday last, Jimmy LaSalvia, who co-founded the U.S. Republican LGBT group, GOProud, announced on his website that he has left the Republican Party, and has become independent.

America Growing Even More Deeply Divided

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas...

Why Football and Baseball Bring Balance to America

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 02.22.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Baseball is the mythic ideal. Football is the brutal reality. Both represent the two symbolic sides of the coin that is America.

Celebrity Clerk: Gov. Bobby Jindal -- A Cartoon

Mike Spicer | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Mike Spicer

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The Roots of Our Political Dysfunction

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

The question, as it has been framed, is: how could a minority of hard-line extremists generate enough fear that they were able paralyze their party's leadership forcing the government to shut down and bringing the nation to the brink of default?

The Wrong Battle: Why Today's Politicians Are Fighting the Wrong Battles & Setting Us All Back

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Eric Quon-Lee

One of the many reasons that people are being 'turned off' by political discourse is due to the fact that it is failing to address the underlying root causes of individual dissatisfaction. Frameworks have yet to adapt to these new realities.

Hey Congress, Here's What Real Leadership Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

The U.S. government shutdown has entered its third week of blame, frustration and stalemate. Among other consequences, shutdown collateral has resulte...

What if America Ends With a Whimper?

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?

Is American Politics Broken?

Craig Snyder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Craig Snyder

The first Federal government shut down in 17 years. The prospect of the first ever default on our nation's debt. Why can't our political parties compr...

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy at Three: Time for Recommitment to Ending AIDS in America

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

We now have the effective tools and improved policies necessary to begin to end the AIDS epidemic in America, but our biggest challenges lie ahead.

Why the Anger?

Robert Reich | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Why is there more anger, vituperation, and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy's anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, the divisive Vietnam war, or the Watergate scandal?