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For the Soul of Mankind

By Melvyn P. Leffler

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Tag: Liberalism

The Far Left Needs to Relax a Little and Support Bernie Sanders

Sanders’ leftist critics can fantasize that they are doing humanity a great service by scoffing at his campaign, but who is making greater strides toward triggering the mass enlightenment that is key to empowering the oppressed?

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 READ MORE

The Star Trek Fallacy

Might it have been better for the universe as a whole if the Enterprise had never left earth and earth hadn’t meddled in matters beyond its own solar system? As our country contemplates future military interventions, as well as ambitious efforts to someday colonize other planets, Americans would be smart to address this fundamental question.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Can Bernie Sanders Beat Hillary Clinton in Iowa?

A late-summer poll shows that the Vermont senator is gaining fast on Clinton in Iowa, and Sanders enthusiasts see evidence that he has appeal “beyond the liberal coasts and union strongholds.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Worst of All Possible Worlds: Why Global Society Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

We might all be eating off of IKEA tableware, listening to Spotify and reading the latest “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” knockoff, but we are not living in a giant Sweden. Forget about the “new industrial state.” Our world is converging in a far more dystopian way.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

AUDIO: Henry Giroux: Liberalism Fails Against Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism

By Eric Poulin, Truthout

In two far-reaching interviews on the “Soap Box” with Eric Poulin, the social philosopher Henry Giroux defines establishment liberals by their persistent failure to address the obvious—that capitalism and democracy are not the same thing.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE

Promoting Hillary, The New York Times Once Again Marginalizes the Left

Harper’s Magazine Publisher Rick MacArthur bewailed the paper’s failure to run anything but the most establishment liberal view in its pages when it deemed the Republican victory in the November midterm elections an open opportunity for Hillary Clinton to “resurrect the Democratic Party.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE

The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE

Pascal’s Wager for the Age of Citizens United

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times he was confident he would walk “straight in” to heaven “without stopping to be interviewed,” because, as Salon’s Tom Frank puts it, “he has put his money on the most glaringly virtuous politics available.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE

The Liberal Love of ‘Inequality’

Like “neoliberalism,” former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon, the tone of the term “inequality” is “needlessly clinical, giving the whole debate a technical and bloodless air.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

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Truthdigger of the Week: Russell Brand

In his recent print and television appearances, British comedian Russell Brand, one of the freest men on Earth, has given the left a priceless opportunity.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE

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Liberal ‘Confusion’ About America’s Education Problem

Neoliberalism, the economic doctrine that favors zero government regulation of commerce and other activities, is giving American education to the corporations, and well-meaning but deluded liberals are complicit in the takeover, Lois Weiner writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE

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A New American Rebellion, Part II

I thought I had said all I had to say last week about the accelerated change in American attitudes toward gay marriage and “illegal” immigration. But there are a lot of other folks out there examining the accelerated politics of the day and generally coming to the conclusion that, after years of moving right, Americans are moving left again.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE

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A Word Against Nate Silver

Technically minded people have always been primed to become unwitting accessories to corruption, especially when speaking on subjects beyond their expertise.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE

George McGovern

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE

Mr. Fish

McGovern: He Never Sold His Soul

The history books will tell you Richard Nixon won the 1972 election, that George McGovern went down to the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. But those who write history do not take into account the moral or the good, what is right or what is wrong, what endures and what does not.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE

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Leftists Explain Things to Me

You don’t have to participate in this system, but you do have to describe it and its complexities and contradictions accurately, and you do have to understand that when you choose not to participate, it better be for reasons more interesting than the cultivation of your own moral superiority, which is so often also the cultivation of recreational bitterness.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE

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Questioning ‘An Unreal Government’

A brutal and resilient junta. The myth of prevailing revolutionary secularism. An exhausted liberal class that risks capitulation and oblivion. In this uncommonly thoughtful reflection published at The New Inquiry, journalist Matt Pearce shines light on the flies in the ointment of the Egyptian uprising one year after its inception.

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 READ MORE

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)

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 READ MORE

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Cameron Criticizes Multiculturalism

In a strike against multiculturalism, David Cameron, in his first address on terrorism as prime minister, has derided the “passive tolerance” toward certain Muslim groups and demanded a return to a more “muscular liberalism” and a stronger national identity.

Posted on Feb 5, 2011 READ MORE

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Benjamin R. Barber on Alan Wolfe’s ‘The Future of Liberalism’

Can liberalism be rescued from those who equate it with treason, terrorism, evil and even a mental disorder?

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE

Obama Toes the Liberal Line

President Obama may be sounding a positive note about his first 100 days, but there are others who beg to differ for various reasons. Take this analysis by Andrew J. Bacevich in The Boston Globe, for example, in which Bacevich points to some problematic aspects of American liberalism that Obama seems more than willing to uphold.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009 READ MORE

Bill Bennett

Racism Is Over (at Least for Some Neocons)

Neoconservative white-guy Bill Bennett uttered a frightening example of what many fear will be a knock-back for minority rights in the U.S. Asked about how an Obama victory would affect perceptions of race, Bennett suggested that because one black man has been elected president, claims about institutionalized racism are no longer viable.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE

Alito Proves His Conservative Mettle

Profile of rise through right-wing ranks; “Constitution does not protect a right to abortion.” | more
Also: Check out our extensive paper trail on the nominee. | link

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE

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