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Doug Anderson: Purity and Politics

We live in an age of tarnished idols. Picasso was a womanizer, drunk with his own success, having been born into the pivotal moment of modernism and thus achieving more … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nancy Altman: This Labor Day, Gear Up to Stop Trump and GOP War on Workers

The ballot box looms for unpopular politicians. Labor Day is traditionally a time to honor workers and their invaluable contributions. But this year, it’s also a time to recognize the … Continue reading

September 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Christian Christensen: Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom?

The most common question asked on this side of the Atlantic is: “Why can’t they see what these weapons are doing to their country?” There is a sickness eating at … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Trifecta of Inequality

Imagine stand-up comic Henny Youngman, king of the one-liners, describing the Trump GOP tax proposals with one of his classic bits:  So how big is the tax break for the … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Robert Reich — “America actually has six political parties”

. Robert Reich explains that the old Democratic and Republican parties are exploding. When you take a closer look, America actually has 6 political parties right now. Whoever can put … Continue reading

October 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Atcheson: How the Deranged Took Over America

And why they may be here to stay. It’s not news to most people that the US is no longer a true Democracy.  Gilens and Page proved it in 2014, … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Eliza Newlin Carney: The GOP’s Big Problem Is Big Money

Republican leaders are reeling from their primary loss in Alabama and the demise of their health-care bill, but they have only themselves — and their big donors — to blame. … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Percy Bysshe Shelley: England in 1819

 . An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King; Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow Through public scorn,—mud from a muddy spring; Rulers who neither see nor … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

David Michael Green: Stop Legitimizing ‘Conservatism’. It’s Not an Ideology – It’s a Goddamn Death Machine

There’s no end to the maladies that ail American politics these days.  It would, indeed, be far easier and quicker to identify what’s working than to itemize the travails that … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Paul Buchheit: Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans

Americans with wealth and power don’t generally care about the middle and lower classes. Even worse, they are doing real damage to the people they don’t care about. But why? … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Republicans are planning to screw Americans yet again

For several decades, the Republican Party has been spewing their dogma that all corporate taxes are bad, that American corporations are horribly overtaxed, and that massive corporate tax cuts are … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: An American Disgrace

If my life’s goal was to be as offensive and foul, as narcissistic and friendless as possible, I would emulate Donald Trump. You’ve probably met this kind of person before. … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · 6 Comments

Michael Winship: Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: The Party Of ‘No!’

If Democrats want an emotionally charged, yet meaningful bumper sticker for the 2016 election, I suggest, “Republican = Anarchy + Nihilism.” I am not anti-Republican. Nor am I anti-conservative. I … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

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