Tag Archives: Liberalism

On the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign sends young volunteers to collect signatures at my university at least once a semester. When I reject the request, the volunteer looks sad, as if I’d reminded her of her bigoted dad; when I explain I’m … Continue reading

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“My students invented ‘too big to fail’ sitting in a classroom. Because it’s not that hard.”

According to Elizabeth Warren, senior senator from Massachusetts, the Harvard students whom she taught in 2008 figured out how the government was going to protect financial institutions after the collapse of the world as they knew it: “Now, here was … Continue reading

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The evolution of Barack Obama

One of the more amusing bits about political journalism in the last five years since the world went mad over the election of a black centrist as president is watching reporters do all they can to avoid winking and elbowing … Continue reading

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“Liberals think Democrats shot themselves in the foot on Social Security”

Speculation, as they say, but worth considering: Democrats used a familiar playbook, accusing Republican David Jolly of wanting to privatize the program. House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democratic candidates, dropped almost $750,000 on an ad warning that … Continue reading

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Reubin Askew – RIP

We’re not taught enough about our home state’s histories. With the death of Reubin Askew, we learn about a devotion to open government, a fair society, and civil rights that would not find a home in any party. He appointed … Continue reading

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Adolph Reed, Jr. and the collapse of the left

There’s too many provocative points in Adolph Reed, Jr.’s Salon interview with Thomas Frank. The essence: two neoliberal parties control America, one of which believes in a multicultural society while the other recoils from this society. Barack Obama meanwhile shimmers … Continue reading

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Rep. Trey Gowdy: mandatory sentences made little sense for minor offenses

Bipartisanship! While a range of judges, prosecutors and public defenders have for years raised concerns about disparities in punishment, it is this alliance that may make politically possible the most significant liberalization of sentencing laws since President Richard M. Nixon … Continue reading

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U.S. ranks 46th in global press freedom rankings

What a year we’ve had: The United States did not live up to the promise of the First Amendment last year, “far from it,” sinking to 46th in global press freedom rankings, a respected international nonprofit group said Wednesday. The … Continue reading

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“None of this necessarily makes [Elizabeth] Warren herself the leader of the party….”

Remember FDR’s line? “I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.” Columnists misinterpret it. Roosevelt intended no challenge. He alluded to political feasibility. If the left in his party wanted to force his hand, … Continue reading

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“Dessert, American style…”

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Krugman: “The problem of poverty has become part of the broader problem of rising income inequality”

Responding to evidence that LBJ’s “war on poverty” did produce quantifiable results, Paul Krugman points to the real reasons for the persistence of poverty: And if progress against poverty has nonetheless been disappointingly slow — which it has — blame … Continue reading

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War on Poverty: it worked!

Conservatives will chortle at the source of this revelation, but I’m pleased these facts about Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty appeared in the Newspaper of Record: Still, a broad range of researchers interviewed by The New York Times stressed the … Continue reading

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