Stanley Kutler: Nixon endures. He stands as the commanding figure of American political life since the end of World War Two. His style, achievements and failures range over the political landscape and persist nearly two decades after his death.
Frank Fear: It’s anybody’s guess when the public’s trust began eroding. There were instances, here and there, starting years ago. For many in my generation it began with the Nixon Years, especially “Watergate.” Today there’s a clear pattern of trust being debased.
Tom Degan: Of all of their paranoid hallucinations regarding this boringly moderate president, the one that tickles me the most is the right’s perception of him as this wild-eyed, borderline socialist.
Charles Hayes: One of life’s biggest mysteries, in my view, is why, once people realize the arbitrary nature of how beliefs are constructed, it doesn’t give them pause to examine some of their own hard and fast assumptions.
RJ Eskow: When it comes to influencing the presidential campaign, this year’s Netroots Nation was a missed opportunity. Ready for Warren had an extraordinary impact on the convention, however, and there will be other opportunities.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Winona LaDuke: With Keystone XL still delayed, Alberta Clipper is widely seen as the most important and immediate pipeline battle, and thus much of the U.S. tar sands campaign has been shifting its focus to this project.