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AUDIO: Self-Described Evangelical to U.S. Christians: Jesus Would Vote for Bernie Sanders

After the progressive presidential candidate spoke to 12,000 students, faculty and administrators at Liberty University, a stronghold of political and religious conservatism, a man who calls himself an alumnus of the school and an evangelical leader told listeners that the candidate’s policies are an embodiment of Christian values.

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Only One-Third of the EU Is Governed by the Center-Left

Since last year’s European Parliament elections, when conservative forces took the largest bloc, there have been 13 parliamentary and presidential elections in the union, and only one of them—in Sweden—was won by the center-left.

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Profoundly Conservative’ Myths

“Both ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ turn on the ‘return of the king’ to his rightful throne,” and in both stories ” ‘victory’ means the reassertion of a feudal social structure which had been disrupted by ‘evil,’ ” fiction author Damien Walter writes of some of the 20th century’s most celebrated works of imagination.

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Eric Cantor and ‘The Certainty of Conservative Sellout’

Salon columnist Thomas Frank explains House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprising loss to a tea party primary challenger last week as “part of a long-running and basically unchanging Republican melodrama. …An eternal populist revolt against leaders who never produce and problems that never get solved.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE

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Fewer Americans Call Themselves Economic Conservatives

A new Gallup survey shows only 41 percent of Americans call themselves economic conservatives—the lowest since President Obama took office in 2009 and roughly the same percentage as in 2008.

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Zack Kopplin

Truthdigger of the Week: Zack Kopplin

Reason has a new friend: 19-year-old Zack Kopplin played a crucial role in getting the Orleans Parish School Board to ban creationism from its campuses.

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The Neoliberal Attack on Education

The democratic mission of public education is under assault by a conservative right-wing reform culture in which students are viewed as human capital in schools that are to be administered by market-driven forces.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE

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Gore Vidal’s ‘Burr’: A Tea Party Antidote

In 1973, Gore Vidal published a novel that struck at the ankles of the notion that the United States is a country founded by altruistic do-gooders whose highest ambition was the creation and protection of the Constitution.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE (CC-BY)

Mormon Economics and the GOP

Mormonism is not the quintessential “American religion,” to use Tolstoy’s words, just because it got its start in upstate New York. The church has long embodied notions and practices that drive contemporary American capitalism. And those ideas, as author Chris Lehmann demonstrated last October in Harper’s Magazine, remain central to the shaping of national economic policy.

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A Businessman Occupies Wall Street

I met David Intrator during the fourth week of the Occupy Wall Street protests, the night before Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brookfield Properties and the New York Police Department were due to clear the park and shut down the demonstration. (more)

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A Surge in Right-Wing Extremism

A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center outlines a surge in extremist “patriot” groups in the U.S. The center claims that the number of right-wing extremist groups increased by 250 percent in 2009.

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Utah Shows Big Love for Porn

Where in this great nation would you think the per capita consumption of pornography would be at its highest? Perhaps a decadent coastal blue state such as California or New York? Guess again, people—the answer is Utah.

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Communist Party (Get it?)

A Rough Day for Reactionaries

In an act that may further infuriate reactionaries across the country, the California Senate voted Thursday to remove membership in the Communist Party as a fireable offense for public employees. The measure now goes to the state Assembly.

Posted on May 16, 2008 READ MORE

William F. Buckley, Jr.
From CBS via Raw Story

Buckley: Bush Should Have Resigned

Watch William F. Buckley Jr., the godfather of modern conservatism, tell a CBS reporter how any self-respecting head of state would have stepped down from office had he or she made the kinds of mistakes that Bush has made.

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