Category Archives: revitalizing the left

what activist movements will look like in the Trump era

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Dave Karpf has a great piece entitled, “Cyclical patterns in activist politics: what do we know about the politics of opposition”? Karpf argues that opposing a government looks very different from the “politics of articulation” (trying to develop … Continue reading

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the different logics of class and race

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9It’s common to list racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia together. These are all important and bad phenomena, but they have different logics, and I’m not sure it’s helpful to put them in a single category. Here I … Continue reading

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why the white working class must organize

Facebook76 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 76It is inexcusable to vote for Donald Trump, a cruel and incompetent charlatan. To imply that anyone is justified in voting for him sets a patronizingly low standard. Our fellow Americans can do better than that. At the same time, … Continue reading

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what is the political economy that people are revolting against?

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30(Hartford, CT) One interpretation of Trump, Brexit, and related phenomena is that people fear losing their privileges and are reacting with prejudice against immigrants and racial and religious minorities. That thesis must contain a lot of truth. But a different–and … Continue reading

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how national policies sucked the power out of local government and disempowered citizens

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Phillip Longman makes an extraordinarily important argument in an Atlantic article entitled “Why the Economic Fates of America’s Cities Diverged” (although I would be very curious what economic historians and other relevant experts think about it). Here … Continue reading

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the Democrats’ problem is social capital

Facebook52 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 52Notwithstanding the fiasco that is the GOP presidential primary so far, Matthew Yglesias warns, “The Democratic Party is in much greater peril than its leaders or supporters recognize, and it has no plan to save itself. … The vast majority … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders runs on the 1948 Democratic Party Platform

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0One gap between liberals and conservatives is their sense of the direction the country has recently taken. Each side perceives a nation that has abandoned valuable principles that were prevalent in the past. Sometimes, both sides’ perceptions are exaggerated. For … Continue reading

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#Blacklivesmatter and Sen. Sanders: social democracy and identity politics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Winston-Salem) Last weekend, #BlackLivesMatter activists disrupted a forum with Democratic presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders at Netroots Nation. An objection to Gov. O’Malley was that he oversaw the State of Maryland while it incarcerated many … Continue reading

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how our two-party system frustrates political innovation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I was in Spain this past week for a pair of political science conferences. My visit came soon after an election in which two new parties emerged: Podemos (leftist and innovative in how it engages voters) and Ciudadanos … Continue reading

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pay-for-success in government

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Let’s say you represent a program that would really save the government money as well as serving a social need. For instance, your program can cut the number of felonies, thereby saving $31,000 per person/per year in … Continue reading

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