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Populism

Orchestras Come Out to Play

Jesse Rosen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Two recent projects I was fortunate enough to see and hear recently extend the idea of engaging the many, to creating events that dramatically link orchestras to their unique time and place.

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

Interview: What Can Be Expected From Ukrainian Right in the Midst of Political and Military Crisis?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In addition to the military crisis in Eastern Ukraine and the rise of pro-Russian separatist rebels, Kiev now confronts a growing political crisis as the country gears up for new elections. What can we expect from the Ukrainian right, and how will nationalist forces seek to profit from escalating tensions with Russia?

Why People Rule The World In 2014

Marian Salzman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

People are more empowered now than they've ever been. And they're having their say in ways they've never had before, heard by wider audiences and taken ever more seriously.

How the DC Establishment Just Doesn't Get the Inequality Debate

Mike Lux | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Democratic politicians sure do fight over some important policy issues from time to time, but on message, good old fashioned progressive populism is winning the day. And it might just carry us to a surprisingly good election year in a very challenging political environment.

Ryan Grim

American Dissatisfaction With Everything Is Reaching Historic Levels

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- People are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore, an extensive new survey of public attitudes toward the government find...

Warren Brings Populism Down South. Is Hillary Paying Attention?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What should Democrats take away from Warren's visit to Kentucky? And what does it tell Hillary Clinton? It demonstrates Bill's old-fashioned triangulation -- the means by which the Democratic Party moved itself toward the corporate right -- has passed its sell-by date, even in Bill's native South.

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.30.2014 | 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 Emerging Populist-Business Coalition

Mike Lux | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Warren Buffett giving his biggest ever contribution in a political race is more important news than you might think. This particular contribution just well could be symbolic of an emerging alliance between progressive populists and some segments of the business community.

Clinton-Warren for Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If a ticket of two women offers economic revival and transformational change based on financial justice championed by Pope Francis, the most popular figure on the world stage, support from women would be stratospheric and many men would join them.

The Return of Sixties Values

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The level of U.S. political rancor has reached an intensity not seen since the '60s with its battles over civil rights and the Vietnam War. On the one hand, we have Republicans advocating a new Iraq war and more tax breaks for the rich. On the other hand, we have Democrats saying no to war and standing up for working families.

Europe's Populist Reformation

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalists and pundits are treating this nationalism-inflected populism as if it were somehow a new phenomenon. In fact, this populism can be traced back to the end of the Cold War.

Is the 'New Populism' Real?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Is the New Populism real? It exists as potentiality in the hearts and minds of the American people. It exists in the moral outrage which millions of people feel toward the injustice in our economic data, our cultural prejudices, and the unjust laws which remain on our books. It exists in our history and in our values.

Jon Ward

A Day With The New Populists

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Populism is fashionable in Washington these days. That's for good reason. Strong currents of dissatisfaction with the nation's capit...

In European Elections, Populism is Against People's Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Amidst veritable media frenzy, we hear the populists and their critiques loud and clear. It is time that someone stand up for the European project. So let us make the argument loudly: a strong, increasingly federal Europe is the best path to freedom, prosperity, and influence in the world. Interconnectedness is a reality, not a choice. In our era of globalization, national regulation is far less effective than continental regulation, which protects consumers from monopolies and unfair practices. From energy to roaming charges, the EU can regulate imperfect matters more effectively than national bodies ever could. In financial markets, the EU has been at the forefront of better regulation to prevent another crisis: from limits on bonuses to the European Central Bank's banking union, we are building a more resilient banking system to protect both depositors and taxpayers alike. Meanwhile the European single market is the key achievement of the Union that has improved standards of living for citizens in every single member state. Today, it provides a strong incentive for countries in the Union to support each other, a truth born out during the financial crisis.

Midwestern Uprising: The New Populists

Mike Lux | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Few people in this era, even the political junkies who pore over the red and blue political maps and know all the swing states, are aware that at one time in American history the rural Midwest was the center of progressive economic revolt.

Elizabeth Warren: Saving the Democrats

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Reading Senator Elizabeth Warren's new book, A Fighting Chance, I thought about the parallels between her career and that of Barack Obama.

A Moment to Change the 2014 Dynamics: Elizabeth Warren's New Book

Mike Lux | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Too many Democrats are becoming locked in a defensive crouch, fearing that a 2010-style monsoon season is upon us because Obamacare is unpopular, Republicans will be fired up to vote and Democrats won't. And they could be right, although if they are, it will mainly be because of their own fears.

Building the New Populism

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Although Americans are concerned about lots of issues -- the minimum wage, decent jobs, healthcare, education, and protection of the environment, to name only a few -- what they crave is a reassertion of fundamental American values: fairness, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America.

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians' broken promises.

4 Ways to Evolve Beyond Capitalism

Carl Gibson | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Now that we're having a serious conversation about capitalism, we can also have a conversation about solutions. Along with calling out flaws of capitalism, I'm proposing four solutions that would fix the most glaring problems in capitalism and blaze a new path forward for the next generation.

Pushing the Positive, Nay-Saying the Negative

John O'Kane | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
John O'Kane

Time appears to be running out on Obama's long-term plan for progressive change. So it's no surprise, according to polls, that many Americans are pretty jaded about "hope and change," his original brand from 2008.

The Populist Moment

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Of all the myths that circulate in Washington, perhaps none is more prevalent or intractable than the one that says that the United States is a "moderate" nation.

Jon Ward

Hillary Clinton's Comment She Hasn't Driven Since '96 Is Out Of Tune With Populist Mood

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rising inequality, a sense of the system being rigged in favor of the powerful: Those themes have been building for years, among conserv...

Winning Warren-Style

Mike Lux | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The challenges that have kept progressive populists from winning presidential elections and creating a lasting majority movement are still there. This blog post lays out the challenges I think we have to overcome, and a strategy for doing so.