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How to Organize Under Plutocracy

Max Berger | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Max Berger

In response to the midterm losses, many progressive are asking what we can do to win elections. How can the progressive community deal with problems like inequality, climate change, immigration, and mass incarceration when we can't decide who serves in office?

You Don't Have to be an Atheist to Be An Authentic Progressive

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Most citizens with progressive politics want policies predicated on the philosophy of humanism, not religious dogma. Internationally, progressives want full recognition of human rights. Does this mean that only atheists can be authentic progressives?

Would Warren Really Run?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

What is Elizabeth Warren up to? Elizabeth Warren's offhand remark in an interview with People magazine strongly suggested that the Massachusetts senator has revised her previous firm declarations of non-candidacy for president and is now deliberately leaving the door open a crack. Asked whether she was considering a run in 2016, Warren said disarmingly, "I don't think so," but added, "If there's any lesson I've learned in the last five years, it's don't be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open." That sure opened one door. Is Warren really thinking about challenging frontrunner Hillary Clinton? I'd be surprised if Warren has made any decision on that question, but her remark immediately set off two kinds of political waves.

Samantha Lachman

Here's How Progressives Plan To Beat Back The GOP Tide

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the problems for progressive groups this election cycle is that there isn't an Elizabeth Warren or a Tammy Baldwin on the ballot....

A Letter to the Wall Street Journal About What Progressives Want

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.10.2014 | Media
Miles Mogulescu

The editors of the Wall Street Journal are clueless about who progressives are and what they want.

Obama's Challenge to the LGBT Community

Peter Staley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter Staley

Lost in all the online coverage of President Obama's speech at the DNC LGBT Gala this week in New York -- with his powerful words on the AIDS crisis and his announcement that he would sign an executive order barring federal contractors from firing us -- was a challenge to our community that few noticed.

10 Reasons to Love Uruguay's President José Mujica

Medea Benjamin | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Whatever the audience, he spoke extemporaneously and with such brutal honesty that it was hard not to love the guy. Here are 10 reasons you, too, should love President Mujica.

The State of the Union Address -- Taking the Longer View

David Coates | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

No politician these days gets any traction from the exploitation of bad news, unless he/she is currently out of power and, like the GOP, trying to work their way back in. Democratic presidents concerned with their legacy are not in that position; which is why all we can legitimately expect of any State of the Union Address these days is some sort of claim for progress in the immediate past, plus an equivalent case for more progress in the year to come. That, in truth, is most of what we heard from President Obama on Tuesday evening. Fine rhetoric well delivered, mildly progressive goals modestly pursued, and a strong statement of the continuing importance of American exceptionalism and American power. But just because a president cannot do a full and honest stock-taking of our overall condition, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't.

Who Is Speaking Up for the Insured? Progressives Are Missing the Boat

Michael Bader, D.M.H. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Michael Bader, D.M.H.

Activists trying to help the uninsured should also bring to the public arena a conversation about the lousy care that's offered to people with insurance -- not simply the costs or deductibles but also the ways we're diminished in so many of our everyday interactions with a system that too often treats us with indifference.

Obamacare's Flaws Put Progressive Politics in Jeopardy

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If the Obama administration can't quickly fix the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, not only is President Obama's second term in jeopardy. Progressivism itself is in jeopardy.

Sam Stein

After Shutdown Triumph, Progressives Revert To Handwringing

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Down the street from the White House, in the ornate Astor Ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel, hundreds of progressive thinkers, think tank ...

Drugs, Sex, Rock 'n Roll and Kindergarten

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

A common argument against progressive education is an aggressive claim that it didn't work. Of course it didn't. It never really happened.

Katherine Bindley

The Rise Of The Religious Progressive

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion

A new study has found that while the number of religious conservatives is still greater than that of progressives, the religious left may have a bette...

Obama's Second Term: Dead Already or Strategic Awareness?

Derek Shearer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Derek Shearer

It's important for Obama to try to move the political debate in a more progressive direction. In this way, even when he can't pass legislation he can tee up issues for action in the Clinton administration that might follow.

Austerinomics, the Anti-Growth Orthodoxy

Harlan Green | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Once again, Karl Rove/GW Bush attempted to turn the clock back to the beginning of the 19th century, and we are now living with the consequences--wars and budget deficits without end. It's hard to see what form a new nationalism will take, until and unless a new Teddy Roosevelt comes along.

Occupy Wall Street: A Year Later

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's far too early to tell what the overall impact of the Occupy Wall Street movement will be on American politics. One year later, we know that the action in Zuccotti Park changed the conversation by putting economic injustice back on the nation's radar.

A National Service Corps Can Solve the Student Loan Crisis

Adam Levin | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

People need to stop thinking of college as something they borrow for, and start thinking of it as something they work and save for. A National Service Corps could be the catalyst we need.

With POTUS In Town, SF Progressives Debate Relevance of Democratic Party

Alex Emslie | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Alex Emslie

The most cogent and controversial debate erupted around the validity of the Democratic party as a choice for voters disenchanted with policies of the Obama administration.

Time to Choose, America!

David Coates | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics
David Coates

We need to go into 2012 clarifying the genuine choice of direction now before us as a nation, and we need to come out of 2012 with Congress and the White House in lockstep on the direction to take.

Left Out: Obama and the Progressives

Elaine Dutka | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Elaine Dutka

Late last month, 107 California "progressives" flew East to a marathon White House briefing. It was preceded by a Capitol Hill cocktail party, attende...

Thinking About Obama: How to Support the President in 2012

Derek Shearer | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Derek Shearer

We should support the president in his reelection -- but we should do it strategically by arguing for conditions which will make his reelection more than a personal victory. 2012 should be about much more than giving Barack Obama his second term.

Prospects for Progressive Politics: A July 4th Interview With Activist Jeff Blum

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This year, Americans celebrated their independence at a time when almost 10 percent of the workforce is officially unemployed, millions more are underemployed, and millions of families are losing their homes. Under these circumstances, why isn't the left gaining momentum?

Anthony Weiner: Metaphor for How Sexual Selfishness Destroyed the Left's Agenda

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Left won the culture wars. Porn is everywhere, and sex is deregulated. But so is Wall Street. Maybe it's time to re-regulate Wall Street and the banks, and reintroduce something shocking to progressive sensibilities -- a few taboos.

Draft Moderate Manifesto Part 1

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

In election after election, the same opportunity remains unrealized -- the possibility that either extreme could unite with the center to exclude the most extreme policies of the other.

Sam Stein

MoveOn's Top Spokesperson Is Moving On

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the top communications hands in the progressive movement is leaving her post for another outfit with similar ideological stripes....