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Could Islamic State Defeat the U.S.? Yes - If the Left and Right Continue to Put Politics Ahead of the Nation

Bill Shireman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

We all know that Islamic and other religious fundamentalists need to stop trying to destroy each other. But so do conservatives and liberals. We need to stop feeding our own fundamentalist movements.

The Disease Of American Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

No wonder Americans feel powerless. No surprise we're sick of politics, and many of us aren't even voting. But if we give up on politics, we're done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Addressing Climate Change Should Be Our Patriotic Duty

Robert Redford | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Redford

You would think by listening to some on Capitol Hill that doing anything about climate change, will end life, as we know it. In fact, it's precisely the opposite. All of this has become a big fat political football where self-preservation is the priority over the national good.

Scared to Death

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Don't call this America a "police state," not given what that came to mean in the previous century, nor a "totalitarian" state, given what that meant back then. The truth is that we have no appropriate name, label, or descriptive term for ourselves.

What Washington's leaders have forgotten

Tom Fox | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Elaine C. Kamarck is the founding director of the Brookings Institution's newly minted Center for Effective Public Management, which will focus on ide...

Washington Is The Biggest Threat To The Economy

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Consensus may be hard to find in Washington these days, but many corporate executives ...

Are We Teaching Our Children to Cheat?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Our children will continue to cheat as long as parents, businesses, political leaders, media and schools support a culture that, despite lip service to the contrary, values getting to the top instead of doing the right thing.

Since You Asked, Mr. President

Mauri Ditzler | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Mauri Ditzler

Last week I attended President Obama's speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. I must admit to a twinge of jealousy as I noted the subtle placement ...

A Lesson in Accountability as U.S. Goes Over Fiscal Cliff

John Friedman | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics
John Friedman

We're so busy expressing outrage and pointing fingers that we are not accepting responsibility for our own part in reelecting the same fiscal-cliff-creating, legislation-stalling, economy-risking people that we gave the lowest approval rate in history.

Why Gridlock Is Good (If You're a Progressive)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Gridlock is the political equivalent of a medically induced coma. Basic life functions continue while a critical disease runs its course. Being in a coma isn't good for anyone, but when the disease is worse, a coma may be the only way to return to health.

Michael McAuliff

Clinton: GOP Is Too 'Scared' To Compromise

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana's GOP Senate primary winner Richard Mourdock represents what's wrong with American politics these days, former President Bill Cl...

Five Myths About the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

What is the American dream? We began regular study of how people define and perceive the dream three years ago, and have discovered many misunderstandings worth a second look.

Ethnocentrism and the Business of Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Men like Mitt Romney and Herman Cain so bent extending business models to solve our complex social and economic problems? Anthropologists would say that they are engaging in a kind of ethnocentric thinking.

The Danger of Inflexibility in a Flexible World

Terry Newell | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Whether on the left or the right of the political spectrum, Americans are increasingly setting litmus tests for candidates that do neither the candidates nor the nation much good.

"Compromise" a Four Letter Word?

Kathy Kemper | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Kathy Kemper

What will it take for people to realize that compromise doesn't necessarily mean caving in and that common ground is necessary to achieve anything worthwhile?

America, a Country Where Most Things Work

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Washington may be broken, but I'm convinced that America is not. When the values of our leaders in Washington again reflect the values of ordinary Americans, Washington will start working again.

Reform Congress/Save Ourselves-II

Daniel Hough Jones | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Daniel Hough Jones

Introduction: I published this essay on 09-11-11. I received comments that helped clarify aspects of it. This is a revision. Thesis: We live in a ...

We Have Defaulted

Miles Jaffe | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Miles Jaffe

The lesson of the debt ceiling debate, no matter what the outcome, is that the United States is hopelessly divided between a liberal Left and a radica...

Crouching Lurkers

Will Durst | Posted 09.14.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Seniors, sick people and soldiers are destined to be tossed into the streets to battle mutant rats for food. The three branches of the government will inevitably be deemed too expensive, and we'll be forced to let one go.

Why TARP Proves America Can Emerge From Political Deadlock

Financial Times | Gillian Tett | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

Not many things have emerged from the quagmire of US Congress recently which have produced a truly pleasant surprise. But could the troubled asset rel...

Analysts Expect 'Massive Gridlock And Little Cooperation' After Election

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Political gridlock is supposed to be good for business. If bickering lawmakers can't agree on anything, the thinking goes, they can...