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.”

5 Right-Wing Obstacles That Must Be Overcome

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*+-Joseph Palermo: These powerful right-wing political obstacles that must be sidelined if progressive change can have any chance of success, whether Obama is at the helm or any number of the string of future presidents he now tells us we’ll probably need.

Republicans Have a Gambling Problem

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*+-Tina Dupuy: When you double down – you lose twice as much – twice as quickly. And that sums up Speaker John Boehner’s tenure just perfectly.

Stop Picking on Poor Plutocrats

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*+-David Swanson: After 10 months of election obsession and lesser-evilism, this place could look more or less the way it would have had Occupy never arisen.

Why the Republican Crackup Is Bad for America

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*+-Robert Reich: Two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican crackup threatens the future of the Grand Old Party more profoundly than at any time since the GOP’s eclipse in 1932. That’s bad for America.

Republicans to Veterans: No Thanks

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*+-Hans Johnson: Provoking some of the growing anger against Tea Party Republicans is the tone of callousness toward people of color, women, and the sacrifice of veterans who voice frustration at the toll of cuts and barriers in the democratic process itself.

Why We Must Occupy Democracy

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*+-Robert Reich: The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.

Back to the Future: Why Republicans Hate the 1960s

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: Republicans avoid talking about their leadership and power in Washington for the past 30 years, because they are fighting to undo the changes in our political system that came earlier, during the late 1960s and early 1970s.