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Where Is the Moral Outrage? A Sign of the Weakness of Liberal America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If one viewed a time-lapse film of American civilization in all its dimensions unfolding over the past 15 years or so, one would see terrible damage being done.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

The Lament of the Conservative Left

James Peron | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Socialism embraced some liberal goals but wanted to offer the security of the old order where disturbing social change was minimized and what change was allowed was carefully controlled.

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

It is the tension between the aggressively political competition at the polls and the aggressively non-political rhetoric of the heartland that characterizes the Populist Reformation. What drops out is the middle: the back-and-forth politics of liberal democracy.

The L-Word

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Liberalism: The Life of an Idea, Fawcett draws on the experiences and ideas of dozen of thinkers and politicians in an informative, lively, and provocative history of a political tradition he deems "worth standing up for."

The Disappearance of the Political Middle in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungary has long been divided between its liberal and cosmopolitan capital and the more conservative countryside. During the Communist era, a small de...

Hungary's U-Turn

John Feffer | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
John Feffer

How could the world be heading inexorably in the direction of market democracy when even the country long considered next in line for membership in the European Community was collapsing into war, nationalist extremism, and ethnic cleansing?

Stereotypes: Black Muggers, Brown Terrorists; a Young Liberal's Challenge

Write for the Future | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Write for the Future

by Curran Dhar I slammed myself for being a racist the second after I felt the impulse to walk away from the sight of two African American men. They ...

Teaching John Stuart Mill in Iran: A Conversation With Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein

Danny Postel | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Danny Postel

His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.

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.

Michael McAuliff

Elizabeth Warren Book Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren's new book isn't just a memoir -- it's a full-throated endorsement of modern, populist liberalism and a scathing indict...

The Goldilocks Generation

John Feffer | Posted 05.21.2014 | World
John Feffer

If you were of a certain age and with certain skills, the changes that took place in 1989 in East-Central Europe created an enormous world of opportunity. Those young enough to change with the times could suddenly rise to the heights of politics and business.

Romania's Fragile New Left

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

I sat down with one of the coordinators, journalist and writer Costi Rogozanu, in Bucharest last May. At a café in the park across from the massive parliament building, he told me about his own political trajectory.

Arizona's 'Hate Bill:' A Defense?

Paul Schwennesen | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Paul Schwennesen

Well Arizona, we've dodged a nasty little squabble. Our governor has dealt a blow to SB 1062, what CNN helpfully dubbed the "Anti-Gay" bill and other...

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."

Growing Up Liberal

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

I thought about my path to liberalism when I read the recent interview between President Obama and Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly mouthed the classic conservative trope: liberals love the "nanny state" and think big government can solve all of America's problems.

This Is the Year Liberals Take Back Religion from Conservatives

Deborah Caldwell | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion
Deborah Caldwell

Sure, the religious right is still teamed up with conservative politicians in their battle against gay marriage, abortion, and immigration reform -- but the days of Americans actually heeding what they say is over.

Mass Affluence and the Politics of Inequality

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

Mass affluence is just as much a part of our economic structure as poverty and progressives must acknowledge and incorporate that affluence in their policymaking.

Wilson the Worst

Jeff Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jeff Taylor

Blessed with a fine education and considerable talent, Wilson generally used his powers for evil rather than good. It's fitting that Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize, while true peacemakers of their generation, men like Tolstoy and Bryan, were snubbed.

The Crisis in Egypt Today: An Interview With Mohammad Fadel

Danny Postel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

"The situation in Egypt in terms of the objective, day-to-day circumstances of living, have been difficult for a long time and they became more difficult after the revolution and removal of Mubarak. But returning to the security state is precisely the wrong answer."

Why Hawaii Is the Most Liberal State in the Country

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

Forget Massachusetts, Vermont, Minnesota, and California. Hawaii is the most liberal state in the U.S. This falls under the category of "what Hawaii can teach the world."

The Disease of Short-Termism

John Feffer | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
John Feffer

In 1989, we smugly contemplated the "end of history." But now, precisely because of the triumph of a model infected by the disease of short-termism, we might be forced to contemplate a far worse fate.

The Appeal of American Liberalism

Alex Reichert | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Alex Reichert

The appeal of liberalism to young, idealistic Americans is no surprise considering how liberal politics have shaped social progress in the U.S. over t...

On Black Culture, Don Lemon's Got It All Wrong

Christopher Emdin | Posted 09.30.2013 | Black Voices
Christopher Emdin

Don Lemon's self-identification as being black, gay or from any other marginalized group does not give him license to speak disparagingly about a group's culture because he obviously experiences this culture from a standpoint of privilege that blinds him from reality.

Why 'Occupy Wall Street' Fizzled

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.29.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Perceived consensus -- even if it's just a perception -- can motivate a movement's rank and file to embrace social change and stay focused. By contrast, the desire for uniqueness can undermine individuals' ability to capitalize on whatever consensus actually exists.