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France's Prime Minister Knows What's in a Name

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This is not the first time that Manuel Valls has proposed changing the name of the French Socialist Party. That he has returned to the subject from the vantage point of his present position -- which is, like it or not, the head of the majority -- obviously gives his suggestion new weight.

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...

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?

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.

It Is Lonely Being an Israeli Lefty

Abraham Gutman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Abraham Gutman

In Israel I am considered to be a lefty who hates his own country. In the States I'm an occupier whose every attempt to dialogue is normalizing the occupation and diminishing the Palestinian struggle.

In Defense of Checking Privilege

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Davide Mastracci

Merely refraining from what you consider to be oppressive actions or statements is not enough. Checking your privilege means that, on a regular basis, you'll have to admit that you benefit from the oppression of others. Even if you're a good person, even if you 'don't see race.'

LeftEast

John Feffer | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

Conservatism is very strong in both Romania and Hungary. The difference in political culture between the two countries boils down to the relative position of liberalism.

Watch: The Surrender of America's Liberals

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In a web exclusive interview, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. talks with me about his new article in the March issue of Harper's Magazine -- a challenge to America's progressives provocatively titled, "Nothing Left: The Long, Slow Surrender of American Liberals."

Two, Three, Many Americas?

Tom Hayden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The fight over Obamacare is an example of how the fact of a civil war is camouflaged under surface arguments over federalism and spending.

4 Right-Wing Talking Points Demolished By Charts

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

With the possibility of the government defaulting on its debt looming, it's worth critically examining some of the more popular far-right talking points.

A Look Back at Three Heroes From the 1960s: JFK, MLK and RFK

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Bryan Cain-Jackson

It's 2013; we should definitely live for today and look ahead to what we hope will be a prosperous future. However, it should never be forgotten why ...

Pope Francis: Does the American Left Have a New Hero?

Nancy Kotting | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Nancy Kotting

With Pope Francis' arrival onto the global stage, the left is being forced to do something we don't do very well: shut up and listen. At least when it comes to the Church.

Clinton Could Face Huge Generational Problem From The Left

The Daily Beast | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The deeper you look, the stronger the evidence that de Blasio’s victory is an omen of what may become the defining story of America’s next politic...

Finding Common Ground -- Are There Enough Grownups Yet?

Susan Rhea | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

So what does work? Short of going to war and wearing everyone down with death, misery, grief, infrastructure and economic ruin, what works? Negotiation. Mediation. Education that you will never get exactly what you want, and I won't either.

Chavez: Guiding Star or Cautionary Tale for the left?

Antonio Roldán Monés | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Antonio Roldán Monés

The reality in Venezuela does not support Chavez's supposed leftist credentials. It would be much better for the European and British left to look at more sensible Latin American leftist leaders such as Velasco or Lula, and less toward Chávez's siren calls.

Fox's Phoney War

David Trumble | Posted 02.08.2013 | Media
David Trumble

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The Ascent of Language and How Culture Shapes Our Perceptions

Geri Spieler | Posted 10.24.2012 | Books
Geri Spieler

It is delightful that a respected linguist would take up the challenge of writing about an inelegant word that has become a staple of our spoken language.

Hope Is a Four Letter Word

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Hope always seems to be dashed when it hits reality. And so it has happened here with Kony 2012 (and with Obama). But the scope of this hope seems far different from in the past.

When Will President Obama's Critics Admit They Were Wrong?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Anyone -- left or right -- who thinks Obama didn't "bring change" fast enough is living in a fact-free dreamland.

The Fourth Way

Al Checchi | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

We need to develop a "Fourth Way," the American Way -- neither left, right, or bipartisan, but a non partisan common sense program for American civic renewal.

Why Dems Should Go Left On Debt Committee

Larry Hirsch | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

Fight fire with fire, Democrats. The right is not likely to compromise with you; they are not rational. Bring a good offense in and force them to meet you halfway.

Beyond Stereotypes Of 'Conservative' And 'Liberal' Christianity

John Backman | Posted 07.14.2011 | Religion
John Backman

Amid all the hostility among people of faith, many of us reserve our most potent venom for people of our own faith: those who disagree with us, that is.

Faith in President Obama Is Being -- And Will Be -- Vindicated

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

President Barack Obama's critics -- left and right -- all have one thing in common: impatience laced with little-to-no sense of history.

Why We Hate Going to the Dennis

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Researchers say that if your appellation is Dennis, you are more likely to become a dentist than a differently monikered individual. But I'm not so sure about this.

Top Ten Signs Your Country Has Become a Democracy

James Napoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

2011-03-11-moose.jpgAt last, you have cheap crap you absolutely must have.