Category Archives: revitalizing the left

Elizabeth Warren in a tradition of radical American progressivism

Facebook22 Twitter1Total25A lively and valuable debate is underway about whether Senator Sanders or Warren should carry the flag of the left. Considering that Sanders calls himself a “socialist,” and Warren says she’s pro-“market,” it’s worth thinking about what each means … Continue reading

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the Green New Deal and civic renewal

Facebook13 Twitter1Total14Here’s a short case for a Green New Deal: We face a climate emergency. Government spending must be part of the solution. Even if we passed a robust carbon tax, we still need coordinated action that can’t be accomplished … Continue reading

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a better approach to coalition politics

Facebook4 Twitter1Total5Sometimes people view coalitions instrumentally and transactionally. You know what you believe, but unfortunately you don’t (yet) have enough support, or seats, or votes, or dollars to get what you want, so you must join with other people who … Continue reading

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an agenda for the dignity of work

Facebook23 Twitter2Total26Sen. Sherrod Brown’s theme of the “dignity of work” is powerful and important, for these four reasons: 1. A basic cause of unacceptable inequality is the worsening position of workers versus the owners of capital. That shows up in … Continue reading

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the state versus petit-bourgeois white America

Facebook13 Twitter0Total13Citizens 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 some of … Continue reading

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the weakening bond between millennials and the middle class

Facebook1 Twitter0Total1(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 begin: Americans … Continue reading

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timely quotes from Bayard Rustin (1965)

Facebook18 Twitter0Total18Two 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 mean that … Continue reading

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tools for the #resistance

Facebook20 Twitter0Total20I 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 about political … Continue reading

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

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9About $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 money. I … Continue reading

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the power of the NRA in an age of civic deserts

Facebook52 Twitter0Total52I 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 21st century … Continue reading

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