Category Archives: revitalizing the left

assessing the congressional town meeting protests, 2009 and 2017

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13In 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

Facebook40 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 40(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

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12In 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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what activist movements will look like in the Trump era

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12Dave 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

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8Phillip 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

Facebook314 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 314One 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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