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Jason Baldinger: Résumé

apparently just to live
just to experience life
is not an acceptable trade

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Erica Etelson: How Liberals Left the White Working Class Behind

While people of color and middle-class White women are slowly gaining representation, poor Whites’ stars are not rising.

December 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: Made in Iowa

In 2011, Webster City, Iowa, experienced a massive economic shift after the town’s large appliance manufacturing plant shut down. But the community refused to let their town die…

November 22, 2019 · 1 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

Jason Baldinger: David Ogden Stiers

I can’t come off the night shift schedule
so I get 4 hours sleep a night for a week
drool all day, try not to pass out standing up
god forbid I catch a nap, sleep with a bag of diapers under my head

October 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

James Zogby: Addressing Those Who Have Been Fooled All of the Time

What is needed is a message that speaks to voters across the spectrum, telling them that they are being heard and their needs will be addressed by proposals for economic and social progress that will include and benefit everyone.

September 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Dudley Poston, Rogelio Sáenz: The US white majority will soon disappear forever

The white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years.

June 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

J. Edwin Benton: What happens to rural and small-town Trump voters after Trump is gone?

Residents of rural and small-town communities believe they are not getting their fair share of government attention and vital resources compared to urban dwellers.

April 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: We Are All Deplorables

My relatives in Maine are deplorables. I cannot write on their behalf. I can write in their defense. They live in towns and villages that have been ravaged by deindustrialization. … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Why Donald Trump?

Liberals and leftists in America consistently underestimate the political savvy of the leaders on the right. We forget that presidential elections are not decided by reasoned debate in which important … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · 6 Comments

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