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Albert Einstein: A Radical Voice Sorely Missed; He'd Be 135 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Albert Einstein was a reluctant celebrity, but he recognized that he could use his fame to promote causes to make the world more humane and democratic. Today -- when both science and democracy are under attack by right-wing forces -- Einstein's voice as both a scientist and citizen are sorely missed.

Why Can't We Defend Obamacare? Catch-22, That's Why

Michael Wolkowitz | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Wolkowitz

Just because the ACA is better than what came before it doesn't mean it is good. It certainly doesn't mean it is good enough. The right can call out all the problems and label them as they wish. Never mind that they laid the groundwork for those problems.

Socialist Kshama Sawant Doesn't Call Obama Her Comrade (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

Socialist Kshama Sawant, who was elected this year to the Seattle City Council, said Tuesday she does not count President Barack Obama as a comrade in...

How to Speak 'Politician'

John K. Herr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

First, you'll have to unlearn traditional English, with its emphasis on making rational thoughts clear through words. Instead, obfuscate with half-truths -- or better yet, quarter- and eighth-truths.

Let's Have a Higher Minimum Wage -- and a Lower Maximum Wage

Floyd Elliot | Posted 10.19.2013 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Conservatives love incentives. Let's pay a top executive 1800 times what a worker makes... because incentives! Let's tax capital gains at half the rate we tax worker's pay... because incentives!

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In her investigations into the causes of blindness, she discovered that poor people were more likely than the rich to be blind, and soon connected the mistreatment of the blind to the oppression of workers, women, and other groups, leading her to embrace socialism, feminism, and pacifism.

Once the Obama Narrative Implodes, Reality Breaks Through

Bill Frezza | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

That it has taken a trifecta of scandals to awaken the minions of the press to their duty speaks volumes on how successfully prevailing narratives define what the public accepts as truth.

He's Not One of Us!

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

We like our presidents to be one of us, a regular person who drinks Bud Light and knows who Taylor Swift is. But the reality is, that's just the packaging. We really want a person who's NOTHING like a normal human.

France's Richest Man Sues After 'Get Lost, Rich Jerk' Headline

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 11.11.2012 | Business

PARIS — A sharp-tongued public dispute has broken out between two of Europe's most prominent tycoons over a proposed French tax on the superrich...

The Basic Care and Feeding of a Social Animal

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

I suspect those who ever lived under the brutal oppression of truly socialistic regimes must find the denigration of a Democratic administration's efforts to preserve some strands in a social safety net as "socialism" objectionable at best, appalling at worst.

Why The 'Socialist' Charge Persists

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK — When President Barack Obama's re-election campaign unveiled its new slogan, some conservative critics were quick to pounce. "Forward...

The French Presidential Election: the Roles of Fascism and Fukushima

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.01.2012 | World
Vivian Norris

In general, the French President does not appear to be respected as a statesman. The French do not recognize Sarkozy's way of doing things as being familiar, as representing who they are, whether it be on the left or the right.

The Pandemonia Phenomenon (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 05.05.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

The smell of latex fills the air as a leggy blonde teeters towards you on sky-high heels. Dark glasses shade her eyes, a small dog is nestled under he...

Socialist Sticks & Stones

Arnie Reisman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Arnie Reisman

When it comes to Obama, Tea Partiers sound like extras in The Oxbow Incident. When it comes to politics, they just sound like hypocrites.

Two Roads Diverge In America Today

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Given the country's current condition and the angst and anger emanating from those controlling the political debate, we can't tell which road is "the one less traveled by."

Ron Paul Calls Elizabeth Warren A 'Socialist'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

Texas Rep. Ron Paul called Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren a "socialist" Tuesday in a series of Republican presidential candidate inte...

Greek Prime Minister Faces Critical Confidence Vote

AP | DEREK GATOPOULOS | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

By DEREK GATOPOULOS, The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's prime minister has survived a confidence vote in parliament, calming a re...

Texas Gun Safety Instructor Refuses To Teach Liberals And Muslims

Posted 12.31.2011 | Weird News

For Crockett Keller, the customer is always right -- or at least right-leaning. That's because the Texas firearm safety instructor refuses to teach...

Names Can Never Hurt Me?

John Backman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
John Backman

By using the metaphors of evil, we belittle our adversaries by placing them in categories that would never fit us. How do we change this state of affairs?

Friday Talking Points [161] -- April Fools

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To clarify that title: when you pull a prank on this particular day, you're supposed to reveal yourself as the prankster by yelling "April Fools!" (or...

Texas Textbooks to Finally Tell U.S. History Right

Chris Michael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Chris Michael

"Our children need to be taught how our number one Founding Father, George Washington, was called to action by Jesus and died defending the Alamo," said Republican board member Terri Leo.

A Falsehood Wrapped in an Enigma Stuffed Into a Burrito

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

When Bush was president, criticism was unpatriotic. Under Obama, dissent is now the highest form of patriotism. That itself is absurd enough, but we have only just begun.

Dispatches From Incredible 1934 Campaign: Upton Sinclair Fights Back Against Hollywood Scare Tactics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Mitchell

Sinclair finally wrote an angry letter protesting unprecedented tactics by Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer and others.

Treacherous Politics

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Miller

Anyone who has read Founding Brothers, or any other great read about the men who founded this country, can't help but be blown away by how different p...

Obama Is A 'Communist,' 'Socialist' And 'Anti-American Extremist,' New Book By Aaron Klein Claims

Media Matters for America | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In his book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists, Klein -- who has distinguishe...