Category Archives: revitalizing the left

the state versus petit-bourgeois white America

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Citizens experience the state in the form of people–teachers, social workers, police officers, nurses and doctors. These may be public employees or just subsidized by public funds, as when doctors get reimbursed by Medicare or professors get … Continue reading

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the weakening bond between millennials and the middle class

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(New York City) In lieu of a substantive post here today, I’ll link to a post of mine on the Biden Forum (the blog of the Biden Foundation), entitled “the weakening bond between millennials and the middle class.” I … Continue reading

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timely quotes from Bayard Rustin (1965)

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18Two years after organizing the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin made the following arguments in “From Protest to Politics: The Future of the Civil Rights Movement” (Commentary, 2/39, Feb. 1965). By calling these points “timely,” I don’t … Continue reading

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tools for the #resistance

Facebook20 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 20I was in Eau Claire, WI, on Sunday and honored to present to a large group of active citizens convened by a local Indivisible chapter and other parts of the #resistance. I offered five tools for thinking … Continue reading

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Building Civic Capacity in an Era of Democratic Crisis by Hollie Russon-Gilman and K. Sabeel Rahman

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9About $3 billion was contributed to influence 2016 federal campaigns. In a new paper entitled “Building Civic Capacity in an Era of Democratic Crisis,” Hollie Russon-Gilman and K. Sabeel Rahman suggest a much better way to spend some of that … Continue reading

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the power of the NRA in an age of civic deserts

Facebook52 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 52I can’t recommend too strongly Hahrie Han’s New York Times piece entitled “Want Gun Control? Learn From the N.R.A.” Her argument is important not only for gun-control advocates but for everyone who has a political cause in … Continue reading

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Democrats as technocrats

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This web search takes you to a whole stack of good recent writing about the Democratic Party as the technocratic party, with headlines ranging from Twilight of the Technocrats? to The Triumph of the Technocrats. In lieu of a critical … Continue reading

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assessing the congressional town meeting protests, 2009 and 2017

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In 2009, when Democratic House members went home to discuss the Affordable Care Act with their constituents, they faced disruptive questions and protests, often from people loosely affiliated with the Tea Party. The protesters cited such supposed … Continue reading

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responding to the deep story of Trump voters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) This is Arlie Russell Hochschild’s now-famous “deep story” of Louisiana Tea Party supporters, their “account of life as it feels to them.” It’s become famous because it’s also the “deep story” of at least some … Continue reading

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the Democrats and religious Americans

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In The Atlantic just before the New Year, Michael Wear–an evangelical who helped Barack Obama with “faith outreach”–offered a critical assessment of the Democrats’ relationships with Evangelicals, 81% of whom supported Trump in 2016. Wear argued that it is a civic … Continue reading

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