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The Goldilocks Generation

John Feffer | Posted 03.21.2014 | 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 03.18.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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 02.15.2014 | 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.

Catharsis in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 07.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

"This government is composed of the people who were involved in the destruction of the country. But we, each citizen of this country together with those of us who were opposed, in some way allowed that. So this is a bigger question of responsibility. How could we have stopped them?"

Hungary: The Cancer in the Middle of Europe?

John Feffer | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
John Feffer

Something is dreadfully wrong with Hungary. Worse, what's wrong with Hungary is not unique in Europe. What's eating away at a free society in Hungary has metastasized.

After the Boston Attack: The Terrible Truth about Terrorism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science
Carlo Strenger

We would all like terrorism to disappear, but this is wishful thinking. There is no alternative to keeping a clear and cool mind, even in the face of the horror perpetrated by terrorist acts. If we lose our minds, terrorism wins.

Losing My Illusions

John Feffer | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
John Feffer

Anyone engaged in social change has grappled with the essential question. Should I work within the system or outside the system? In the United States, the question is often expressed geographically: to operate "inside the Beltway" or "outside the Beltway."

America's Challenge in the Arab World

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The Arab public sphere is dominated by narratives that emphasize deep animosity toward the United States. Such suspicions often are rooted in real differences over policy. But they are also driven by self-serving machinations.

When Rights Become Toxic

Peter Cannavo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Peter Cannavo

The dramatic turnaround in views about same-sex marriage says hopeful things about Americans' capacity for tolerance, empathy, and fairness, and about our willingness to prize family in all its forms.

Oberlin College Responds

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Lauren Jacobs

While the upset and distress over the month's unfortunate acts of hate speech and vandalism have obviously been immense, it is paramount to note the speed, organization, clarity of intention and inclusivity with which the Oberlin administration and student population have responded.

Liberalism and My Generation

Mitchell Alexander | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Mitchell Alexander

I truly believe that this generation is different. We have an aura of tolerance and hope, and America will come closer than it ever has before to total equality in our lifetime.

Reading the Pictures: Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and the New Liberal Times

Michael Shaw | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2013-02-01-Shawgiffords They emerged this week as the most vivid representatives of Obama's new liberal America, as emblematic of the times and what ails us as Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson were America's "terror era" canaries in the coal mine.

What Is a Liberal?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

For most of the past four decades, "liberals" have been in retreat. In many quarters, the word "liberal" has become a pejorative. Part of the problem is that liberals have failed to define themselves and to state clearly what they believe.

Think Again: The 'Virtually Voiceless'

Eric Alterman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

If the only places conservatives can get their news bias-free are sources committed to their own cause, there is no need to face up to "reality" as such. It's an endless loop of victimization and self-justification.