5 Progressive Holiday Wishes

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Progressive Holidays — What would this season be like if saying “happy holidays” instead of merry Christmas was no longer controversial?

California: Arriving, Leaving, Moving, and Staying

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California Dreaming — Berry has consistently criticized those seekers always ready to take off in search of better economic opportunities.

What Kind of Post Office?

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Steve Hochstadt: We need a better national conversation about what public services we need and want. Cost is one of the issues, but not the only one.

Rugged Individualism Myth

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Rugged Individualism — When aself-indulgence overrides self-restraint, the goodwill that made this country a place of envy disintegrates.

Remember When SDS Tried to Build an Interracial Movement of the Poor in the North?

SDS in a classroom in the 1960s.

Students for a Democratic Society — Calls for change are all still heard today, echoing lessons learned from SDS’s organizing 50 years ago.

What Is Progress and Are We Progressing?

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Are We Better Off — We need to ask ourselves whether on a global scale at the end of the twentieth century people were better off than at the beginning of it.

Nanny State or Granny State?

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Rosemary Jenkins: Grandma would be horrified to think that there are those who choose to justify gun ownership so they can “stand their ground” and then shoot an innocent young person in the face.

Thanksgiving in the Kitchen

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Steve Hochstadt: Cooking and talking, bumping into one another constantly, checking each other’s dishes, cleaning up and making a mess again – it brings us all together with a common purpose and a shared understanding of who our family is, what we believe in, and what we want to eat.

The Fight For More Worker Rghts & Wages Gaining Critical Mass

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: The struggle for wages that do not leave families impoverished is one that affects us all and highlights the unfair economy created by a class war waged by the wealthy for decades.

An MVP in the World Series of Consumerism?

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Larry Wines: Don’t even think about stopping to think, or you might miss an online bargain today, or fail to do your part in setting new profit statistics for some multinational megagiant corporation who gets their stuff for 9% of what you pay for it.

Progressives Have No Reason for Pessimism

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Randy Shaw: The real message of the Obamacare website delay is that in the age of the Internet and social media, the traditional media still has the capacity to create and sustain a false political narrative—and to get progressives to believe it.

Wendell Berry’s Pacifism: Part I, The Late 1960s

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Walter Moss: To Berry, peace implies a whole way of life including reverence for our environment and harmony in our communities and with the rest of the world.

A Final Word on November 22: The Day We Lost the Future of the Future

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Larry Wines: It is certain that America lost its innocence and its faith in its leaders during the 1960s and 1970s. And it’s certain that began on November 22, 1963.

Harry Reid Goes Nuclear for Justice in America

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Brent Budowsky: Reid did everything humanly possible to avoid changing the Senate rules, but the obstruction and arrogance of Senate Republicans in recent days was several bridges too far. It was time to act, and Reid, to his great credit, acted.

President Kennedy’s False Legacy

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Randy Shaw: The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s November 22, 1963 assassination reminds us of how thoroughly myth has overtaken the facts in his legacy.

What Is Progressivism?

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Walter Moss: What unites us, as it did the early Progressives, is resistance to–in Muir’s memorable phrase–“trying to make everything dollarable.”

Why Do Blacks Believe JFK Conspiracy Theories?

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David Love: Black people are more prone to believing conspiracies surrounding Kennedy because they have been the victims of real-life conspiracy theories that turned out to be true.

Had John Kennedy Lived

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Joseph Palermo: One of the reasons why the Kennedy assassination continues to affect millions of people the way it does, even 50 years later, is the sense that we are still fighting the same battle today.

Progressives Must Regain Control of the National Political Debate

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Randy Shaw: Progressives have the public on their side, and can readily put the GOP on the defensive. But this requires promoting and mobilizing around the issues that energize progressives and a public majority, not constantly playing defense on issues framed by opponents.

Love and Politics: Reflections on Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice

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Walter Moss: Lest one conclude that Nussbaum neglects the value of scientific insight, she balances her reliance on the humanities and arts with an ample use of experimental scientific studies from cognitive psychologists, primatologists, anthropologists, and neuroscientists.

Can Obama Rise Again?

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Brent Budowsky: The winning strategy for Obama is the give ’em hell truth-telling against do-nothing Republicans that reelected Truman and turned Congress Democratic in 1948.

Now Who Is the Real “Narcissist”? Edward Snowden or the NSA?

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Joseph Palermo: The documents Snowden chose to share with the world have exposed the behavior, attitude, and culture of the NSA. The revelations alone about spying on allied heads of state, such as Brazil and Germany, have already caused real damage to bilateral relations between the U.S. and those countries. The NSA is clearly out of control.

Will GOP Obstructionism Trigger Nuclear Option?

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David Love: The blocking of Rep. Watt speaks volumes about Republican opposition to President Obama.

Obama Channels Reagan on the Growing NSA Scandal

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JP Sotille: The Reagan Presidency set the gold-standard for Teflon-coating the truth, for conducting secret wars and for acquiescence and service to the all-encompassing power of the national security state.

4 Ways to Identify a Genuinely Supportive Politician

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Richard Eskow: How will we know which politicians are genuinely looking out for the public’s interests? This four-point document is an excellent place to start.

A Presidency Adrift?

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Brent Budowsky: Despite appalling levels of joblessness in America, with so many workers being so depressed they’ve dropped out of the workforce entirely, for nearly four years, the president has been largely a bystander who has not fought to rally the nation to support a major jobs plan.

Playing Chicken with Food Safety

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Dan Farber: Somewhat surprisingly, considering its something the public cares about deeply, food safety doesn’t seem to have many friends in Washington.

Hating Obama, Hating Lincoln

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Berry Craig: Republicans see Obama as imperiling their version of “civilization,” meaning a country run by conservative, straight, white male Christians who think capitalism is God’s economic system.

Shuffling Federal Paperwork

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Walter Brasch: Deep in an obscure federal building is Wilson P. Throckmorton, the first secretary of the Department of Administration. With him are his two key assistants, career administrators Samuel J. Stonewall and Waldo P. Rockbottom.

Tea Party’s 15 Minutes of Fame Finally Over?

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Brent Budowsky: The public has seen the results of the Banana Republican policies and politics. The public is saying no to Cruz, no to Lee, no to the Tea Party and no to House Republicans.

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