Transformative Justice and Mass Incarceration: Can Faith Communities Help Create a New Frame?

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Rev. Peter Laarman: A safe society is first and foremost a just society. In that respect we have an awfully long way to go. Let’s not waste any more time.

The Growing Divide Between Elites and Average People

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Wendy McElroy: There has been a creeping difference in the attitudes of many politicians and the politically connected. In grabbing for power, they are often almost casually blatant, as though their authority is so secure that there is no longer a need to sugarcoat their motives.

Review: E.J. Dionne’s Our Divided Political Heart

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John Peeler: Our present plight is rooted in the loss of consensus about social justice, management of the economy, and most fundamentally, about who we are as a people.

Collectivism vs Individualism

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Steve Hochstadt: The individualist quest for personal benefit is not in itself admirable. Individualism must be judged by its relation to the collective or it is just selfishness.

Remembering Alex Okrent

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Unai MOntes-Irueste: Alex Okrent was the awesome embodiment of the words that made Barack Obama famous in 2004.

Keynes and Hayek, Obama and the Republicans

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Walter Moss: From the Reagan years to the present, conservatives have been fond of quoting Friedman and Hayek. Their influence can be seen in such documents as the Republican Party’s 1994 “Contract with America.”

America Should Quit Preaching and Lead by Example

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Ivan Eland: Let’s get rid of preaching to, meddling in, and even attacking and invading other countries to spread our values and go back to the founders’ vision of leading by example.

Real Social Security: A Just Distribution of Wealth

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Charles Hayes: When I hear senate candidate Elizabeth Warren explain to an audience that no one makes a fortune in America all on their own, I can’t help but wonder why it has taken so long for this argument to surface.

How Not To Talk About Financial Panics: New Rules For Pundits

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James Livingston: Never act like you know what will happen next. You don’t, and nobody else does either. In fact, nobody knows what just happened.

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Why Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech Is More Relevant than Ever

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In 1979, President Carter jolted Americans with his so-called “malaise” speech. Contrary to most recollections, the speech received a positive response and, according to historian Kevin Mattson, remains timely.

Friday Feedback: Merchant of Misery Degree

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Craig commenting on Lorraine Payette’s The Poor You Shall Have with You Always.” Here’s Craig’s comment: Poor has become a MBA major now. You can learn how to charge the unisured double what insured [...]

Obama Rescuing Capitalism: That’s a Lot of Weight for One Brother

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Back in December, when it was obvious that the economy was in bad shape and before we knew how precarious it could get, Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International and columnist for Newsweek and the Washington Post, wrote, “For Obama to be remembered as a great president, he has to do nothing less than rescue [...]

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Obama Commits to “Remaking America”

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Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address was not his greatest or most passionate speech, but it was likely his most purposeful. Moving at a faster pace than usual, our new President sought to instill a sense of purpose in Americans, calling for a “new era of responsibility – a recognition, upon the part of every American, that [...]

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