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Thinking About the Future From the Edge of Darkness

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Elections often highlight shifts in society. In America, the upcoming midterm election is no exception. The half-truths that today constitute our political discourse are likely to produce a set of results that will bring us to the edge of darkness. Fear has trumped science and ignorance has obliterated reason.

Are Our Political Leaders Losing the Narrative?

Zach Friend | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Zach Friend

One of the most powerful predictors of success in politics and public policy is the strength of the narrative. Yet, time and time again, political lea...

A Progressive Second Term? (I) Prerequisites

David Coates | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Amid the scampering up and down the fiscal cliff that now dominates political life in Washington, some more important and basic questions are in danger of vanishing from view, questions about the general character and progressive potential of Barack Obama's second term.

Jane Austen Weekly: Spare Me the Political Narrative

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

Unlike the typical politician, Austen always signals the artificiality of her narratives. If only political narratives -- or all the pundits insisting we need them -- could be as honest. But what politician says, "enjoy the artificiality of my American success story?"

This Time, Democrats Need to Keep Control of the Narrative

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

For Democrats, it's the Renaissance; for Republicans, it's the Dark Ages. Whose interpretation will prevail?

Dems Must Add Class Issues to Story of Election

Ira Chernus | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Ira Chernus

It's always been taboo in America to talk about class. The Democrats are just beginning to talk about the divide between the rich and the rest of us. It's another big step to talk about the differences between those above and below the median income.

The New "New Normal": Saving Yourself From the Cliff

Ira Chernus | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Ira Chernus

As we head toward a domestic apocalypse, there's not much the government can do about it. The politicians will try their best to manage this "new normal." But they are so hopelessly tangled in their internal contradictions, we can't count on them for anything.

Obama's Debate Mission

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The president should make clear that our exceptionalism is not how wealthy the few become, but how much prosperity is created and shared by the many, and the fairness and justice and decency we stand for.

Why Promising To Save The Middle Class May Just Not Be Enough!

David Coates | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics
David Coates

The President has to tell the American electorate that the future lies, not in a second round of trickle-down economics, but in the creation of a second New Deal, one inclusive of those left out the first time 'round.

Helping Obama Rediscover His Groove

David Coates | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
David Coates

It is time for Barack Obama to say to the American public that if they want effective (and sensible) government, the Tea Party pot needs to be totally emptied down the electoral drain.

Jason Linkins

And So Begins The Comeback Narrative

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Everyone loves a good storyline, but after an election day in which the GOP made decisive gains, your media storytellers found themselves down a narrative cul-de-sac at the very moment they needed to shift their focus toward the excitement and melodrama of the 2012 presidential campaign. What to do? Where to go? Well, those questions have all been answered now that the tax cut compromise package deal has been sealed. President Barack Obama's political comeback is underway! And he only had to break a campaign promise to be relevant again.

The People Have Spoken... Well, at Least Some of Them

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

Everyone has a story to tell about why the midterm elections went the way they did, and it's not surprising that in most cases the narrative presented affirms the storyteller's particular world view.

Calling Obama the Fighter

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's good that Barack Obama is an idealist. It's good that he wants to be a conciliator who believes that there should be a new moral tone in Washington. But now is the time for realism.

Democrats Hire Christopher Nolan to Change 2010 Election Narrative

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Democratic leaders have hired famed Inception director Christopher Nolan to change the political narrative going into November's mid-term elections an...

We Got Some Kind of Health Care Reform -- Now What?

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

For once in a blue moon Democrats have a line they can sell that is both positive and simple. That almost never happens. It's almost always the GOP who can put its message on a bumper sticker.

House Health Care Vote Transforms the Political Landscape

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

By Election Day, there will be very few districts where a vote for health care reform is unpopular. But I would also argue, that this fall we will see clear evidence that courage itself is very popular.

It's the Narrative, Stupid: Tales Around the Camp(aign)fire

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Our highly trained staff, at the National Narrative Institute, of highly skilled narrative-crafters can put aside complexity, and zero in on what really matters: a simple tale, with easy-to-recognize good guys and bad guys, and a moral that can fit into a fortune cookie. In today's 24/7 world, after all, who has time for more?