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Steve Fraser: The Greening of the New Deal

The Green New Deal is even more socially capacious than the old one, embracing as it does the need for universal health care, a guaranteed annual income, a program of affordable housing, commitments to truly clean water and air, and a revolution in the production of healthy food.

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Kuttner: Note to Democrats — stop chasing centrist suburban voters

If Democrats have to choose between winning over moderate Republicans in the suburbs or winning back working class defectors in the midwestern heartland, there is more pay dirt in the latter.

October 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: Should We Feed Hungry Children or the War Machine?

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Taking Back the White House

To win the Electoral College in 2020, Dems would do well to follow Trump’s lead and play to their base of progressive, young, minority and college educated voters..

August 26, 2019 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: What exactly are “capitalism” and “socialism”?

Most people — including most reporters and columnists—have no idea what socialism is and only a fuzzy notion of what capitalism is.

July 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: The “Center” of American Politics is on the Left

Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.” Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand.

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: Dealing with climate fear

If you feel powerless, remember that the biggest change you can make is to support leaders who think our planet is actually worth saving.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Trump’s Priorities for Action

Various power brokers may laugh at Trump’s vanities and object to his vulgarity and his selfishness and greed, but they also abet him because he serves to divide people while protecting elite privileges against reformers.

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bernie Sanders: A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education

Every human being has the fundamental right to a good education. On this 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, we are committed to creating an education system that works for all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.

May 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Undermining Trump-Bolton War Narrative, British General Says No Evidence of ‘Increased Threat’ From Iran

Intelligence and military officials in Europe as well as in the United States said that over the past year, most aggressive moves have originated not in Tehran, but in Washington.

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Thomas J. Adams: Bernie Sanders and the Song of America

Unlike any other candidate in the Democratic Primary field and any other candidate in modern American history, Sanders talks in terms of expanding the inalienable rights of every citizen.

May 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Atcheson: Why the US Elected a Despot and Why It’s Poised To Do It Again

The majority of Americans overwhelmingly back progressive policies, including the Green New Deal…

April 17, 2019 · 3 Comments

Marc Jampole: Who Should the Democrats nominate for President?

The Democrats are blessed with a large number of candidates whose experience, politics and personality make them qualified to assume the office of the presidency. Even if we rule out … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · 12 Comments

Maria Svart: Democratic Socialists on the Rise as Capitalism Having Increasingly Hard Time Hiding Its Ugly Face

The core idea of democratic socialism is that working people deserve better. We have a right to the wealth our labor creates. In the wealthiest country in the history of … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

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