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The Great Populist Wave

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

At this moment, in our land, it is time for the true champions of the 99 percent to launch the largest voter registration, mobilization and turnout campaign in the history of freedom.

Central Banking, Economics and Populism

Robert Teitelman | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Just like central banking, economics wants to speak politically, but doesn't necessarily welcome a response. In Krugman, it sometimes comes across as condescension. At the Fed, it can appear more sinister.

It's Springtime in America -- Can the Occupy Movement Reinvent Itself?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Russell C. Smith

The Occupy movement has been in hibernation mode for several months, but with warmer weather on the horizon, odds are it will become a fixture in every major city in America during this election year.

The Pragmatic Purge of Bo Xilai

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.12.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Bo Xilai, the populist former Chongqing chief recently purged from China's Politburo, was a dangerous, recidivistic force in Chinese politics. His fate should be cheered. Yes, his ouster reveals the dark side of the country's cloak-and-dagger leadership.

That Old-Time Populism Debate

Mike Lux | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

Because they do tons of polls and the same kinds of questions over and over, pollsters have a very good idea in advance of writing their questions for any given poll what phrases or even individual words will trigger a more positive answer.

The Year of the Populist Woman

Mike Lux | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

If all or even most of this class of women senators were to win in 2012, it would be historic, easily the highest quality group of new women senators ever. Progressives should do everything we can to rally behind them and help carry them to victory.

Populism and Pain in Obama's Budget

Karen Dolan | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Karen Dolan

Both want to appeal to a hurting middle-class electorate. Only one has a populist message with appeal and effect. He most likely will win re-election in 2012.

Cultural Populism vs. Economic Populism

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

We have a president who has chosen to run as an economic populist against economic elites, and the rising candidacy of Gingrich, running as a cultural populist against cultural elites. Both are attempting to appeal to frustrated and disillusioned blue-collar and middle-class voters.

Did Economic Populism Win South Carolina for Newt Gingrich?

Asher Smith | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics
Asher Smith

Perhaps Mitt Romney's fumble in South Carolina was not entirely unpredictable. But why, if Romney was not to prevail, was it Newt Gingrich -- and not Rick Santorum -- who benefited?

Whose Vision of Freedom? Ron Paul or MLK

Derrick Darby | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Derrick Darby

Ron Paul and Martin Luther King Jr. would agree about the importance of restoring freedom to America. However, if we are burned up not by the MLK Day holiday but by the social engineering to advance the freedom of a select few, King's vision of freedom is clearly the way forward.

Obama's Populism

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The only thing wrong with Obama's populism is that it took him until nearly the year of his re-election to practice it resolutely. More, please.

Two Speeches, Two Lefts: Barack Obama and Teddy Roosevelt

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

Yesterday, Barack Obama sounded a little like Theodore Roosevelt: scourge of wealthy special interests, champion of a middle class society, defender of government's necessary role in the economy. But there were big differences as well.

The Limited Good of Rick Scott's Anthropology

Paul Stoller | Posted 12.17.2011 | College
Paul Stoller

The ghoulish governor, Florida's favorite son, Rick Scott is in the news again. This time he's bashing anthropology and showcasing his profound ignorance of culture and society.

It's Time Washington Saves the American Dream

Jose Hernandez | Posted 12.11.2011 | Latino Voices
Jose Hernandez

The son of migrant-farm workers, I was able to rise from the fields of California and touch the sky on the Space Shuttle Discovery as an Astronaut, a lifelong goal I was able to achieve thanks to the promise of the American Dream.

I'm Mad as Hell...

Adam Klugman | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Adam Klugman

Mad as Hell is much more than screaming and disrupting, and it is never about rage or violence. It is about constructing a humane, creative response to the crisis of our world. It is a stand we take as individuals.

Elizabeth Warren's Moment

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In Washington, Warren has the best enemies in town: those who profit from the rip-offs that Warren opposes. An armada of dirty money and dirty tactics will be arrayed against her.

Friday Talking Points -- More Tea, Anyone?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With the conclusion of the debt ceiling "crisis," the media pivoted swiftly to their standard larger questions (to them, at any rate) about any politi...

Why Liberals Should Be Outraged by the Tim DeChristopher Sentence

Jay Michaelson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Green
Jay Michaelson

DeChristopher's act was definitely a crime. A victimless crime, and an act of civil disobedience, but a crime nonetheless. The guilty verdict, delivered on March 3, was expected. But the auction itself was also a crime.

How Have the Rich Co-Opted Populism?

Larry Hirsch | Posted 09.14.2011 | Politics
Larry Hirsch

Of all the incredible things being heard from Washington during this budget debate one that has stood out for me goes something like this. Quoted in t...

Fairness for Workers

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Bruce Braley

Hard working Iowans and all middle class Americans deserve fair wages. That's why I defended Project Labor Agreements at yesterday's hearing

America: We Need a National Manufacturing Strategy

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Bruce Braley

While U.S. jobs are steadily shipped overseas, the tidal wave of foreign-made goods in our stores and in our homes has become as regular as the tide. And that's a big problem for our country.

Bankers' Holiday

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

The ideologues who want no check whatsoever on the power of big business have declared war on the middle class. But these attacks on the things we hold dear are putting the "movement" back in the labor movement.

Wisconsin and the Politics of Envy

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Pitting workers against workers for the scraps of the economic system is a tried and true tactic, but there is no envy on our side of these demonstrations: people just want a fair shake.

Dodging Teargas Canisters Made in the USA: CODEPINK's Peace Delegation Reports from Cairo's Tahrir Square

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

My friend had a big gash in his head. "Please, help us tell the world what is happening. Tell them how we were viciously attacked," he said. "Tell them we will die here if we have to, but we will not turn back."

What Now?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I've known Bill Daley for almost a quarter century, and he has always treated me with respect in spite of our many disagreements. I lobbied against Bill being the guy to get this job.