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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

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

Robert Borosage: Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020

There is a dizzying array of potential presidential nominees for Democratic primary voters to choose from—so many that they won’t even fit on one debate stage. But there is one … Continue reading

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephen Zunes: ‘More AIPAC Than J Street’ — Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy

Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she’s branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she’s taken some foreign policy positions that should give pause to supporters of human rights and international law.

February 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Les Leopold: Beware the Moderate Democrat

Moderates are united by their unwillingness to take on Wall Street. And because of that unwillingness, they are unable to confront the defining problem of our era—runaway inequality.

February 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chris Winters: How This Year’s Struggles Set Us Up for a Bold, Hopeful 2019

Our fragile democracy needs the will of the people to protect it, but the events of 2018 prove that Americans are up to the challenge. Those of us constantly assessing … Continue reading

December 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

Jill Richardson: The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’

As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, native-born Christian. In the days leading up to the election, the news … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

John Nichols: Evolution or Death

The 2018 midterm elections are a battle for the souls of both parties. President Donald Trump keeps signaling his determination to remake the Republican Party in the image of Steve … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Nothing Else Matters

Dear Friends of the Republic: These are the times that try our souls. Right now, in this United States of America, there must be one goal and one goal only: … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · 7 Comments

George Monbiot: America’s New Revolutionaries Show How the Left Can Win

The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation. Even at first sight it is exhilarating. The overthrow of one of the … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Linda Kramer Jenning: Stacey Abrams Wants You to Upend the Status Quo, Too

The first Black woman candidate for governor of Georgia overcame obstacles at every turn, and laid out the road map for others to follow. Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Coming Collapse

Mr. Fish / Truthdig . The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

W.J. Astore: Jacinda for President!

Trump, America’s very stable genius, doing what he loves. My wife perceptively notes how the USA is sliding backwards.  Racism has new vigor even as science is rejected, e.g. climate … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

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