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Tag: Progressive


A Progressive Political Revolution of Historic Importance

By rejecting the “race to the bottom” right-wing philosophy that catapulted conservative politics in recent years, California has become a laboratory of innovation. Award-winning journalist Narda Zacchino examines this transformation in her new book.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Can Bernie Sanders’ ‘Our Revolution’ Movement Go Forward?

Larry Cohen (pictured), the organization’s incoming board chairman, and Claire Sandberg, who recently resigned as its digital organizing director, discuss the controversy over the involvement of Jeff Weaver, who managed the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Party of Lemmings Led by a Zombie: Why We Need to Keep Bernie Sanders’ Vision Alive

Truthdig contributor and KPFK Program Director Alan Minsky argues that Democratic Party loyalists who are following Hillary Clinton’s lead are doing so at their peril.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE


A Working-Class Fisherman Travels to Philly, Rooting For Bernie (Video)

Inspired by the Sanders political revolution, John Ainsworth left his home in Rhode Island to protest at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Are Progressives Failing to Put Their Ideas Into Action? (Video)

In this installment of Sonali Kolhatkar’s video series from the Democratic National Convention, she and journalist Arun Gupta consider what’s different about this Democratic nomination summit and question the direction that some among the political left are taking—or not taking, rather.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Supreme Court Leans Left in the Wake of Antonin Scalia’s Death

All things considered, the Supreme Court’s just-completed term was a good one for liberals and progressives.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



New Clinton Endorsements Prompt Questions About Where She Stands

Many Wall Street leaders have expressed their distaste for a potential Elizabeth Warren vice presidency, but some think otherwise. And Wednesday’s thumbs-up by a top George H.W. Bush adviser is also raising eyebrows.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Kshama Sawant Talk Third-Party Politics (Video)

Truthdig contributor Hedges analyzes establishment politics with the socialist on Seattle’s City Council.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdig to Host Green Party’s Jill Stein on California Primary Night

The party’s presumptive presidential nominee will join Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team for a “Facebook Live” chat at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Discusses What a Clinton Versus Trump Election Would Mean for Progressives

The Truthdig editor in chief spoke via Facebook Live on Friday and took questions from the Truthdig audience.

Posted on May 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Rep. Alan Grayson Says to U.S. Progressives: Don’t Flee to Canada—Stay and Fight

While Republicans debated the size of Donald Trump’s endowments Thursday evening, Florida Rep. Alan Grayson urged anxious progressives to stand their ground in the event that Republicans take the White House this fall.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 READ MORE



Credit Occupy in Bernie Sanders’ Surge

What began in 2011 as a movement against income inequality has morphed into burgeoning support for a presidential candidate who is passionate about economic justice.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE


Jesus of the People

Jesus: The Man, the Myth

Every year around this time, we’re told to think about Jesus, if only for a minute, while we wait in line at the mall; but how much do we really know about the man? Truthdig turned to a religious scholar, the Rev. Madison Shockley, to find out.

Posted on Dec 25, 2015 READ MORE



Barney Frank Thinks Supporting Bernie Sanders Would Backfire on Progressives

In sizing up the 2016 election, some on the left are concerned that Bernie Sanders’ presence in the Democratic ranks could work to that party’s detriment. Count former Rep. Barney Frank among them.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE



Nader’s 10 Reasons That the TPP Is Not a ‘Progressive’ Trade Agreement

“We have an opportunity to set the most progressive trade agreement in our nation’s history,” reads BarackObama.com, the website of the president’s “Organizing for Action” campaign.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



This Democratic Party Is Going Nowhere. Can Progressives Take it Over and Change the World?

Tuesday’s crushing defeat of the centrist Clinton/Obama Democratic Party provides an opening for the American left. The next few years are not going to be pretty, but they could be the beginning of something beautiful. 

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE



A New Nuclear Arms Race: Why Peace Activists Must Wage an Open Battle Against the Democratic Party

Barack Obama never had a truly independent policy for peace. If we say that Obama was constrained by a renewed collision of imperial spheres of interest, we are telling only the convenient half of a half-truth.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand and ‘The Young Turks’ on Revolution, Obama, Fox News and More

Comedian Russell Brand reminds Cenk Uygur, host of the online liberal commentary show “The Young Turks,” and the rest of us that Thomas Jefferson, one of our “main men,” once said, “Every generation should have a revolution.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Liberals Back to Giving Obama a Pass

“Now that Obama appears poised to push substantial parts of Social Security and Medicare over the ‘fiscal cliff’—in exchange for a paltry, largely symbolic, increase in the top marginal income-tax rate—we might ask whether liberals will once again rise to Obama’s defense, no matter how indefensible his actions,” writes John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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A Failed Argument for Barack Obama

If Barack Obama is to be held accountable by the aggravated left for his first term in office, it’s for “the damage that his capitulation to Republican extremism has caused.” That’s the central assumption of “The Obama Question: A Progressive Perspective,” an early 2012 apologetic by Gary Dorrien.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE


Big Brother in Your Car

Your chipper TV friend Flo, otherwise known as Progressive Insurance’s ubiquitous shill, wants you to be excited—very excited.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Matt Fisher

There is great virtue in getting pissed at a company that attempted to avoid its financial obligations in the death of your sister and telling the world about it. Sometimes there’s even a reward.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Progressive Settles After Terrible Insurance Tale Goes Viral

Progressive has settled with the family of a policyholder that claimed the insurance company defended her killer, but the deal came about only after the truly awful story made its way around the Internet.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE


Faces of Economic Death

If you’ve turned on the tube these last few weeks, you’ve probably been a collateral casualty of the biggest televisual war of attrition in recent memory.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Why We Won’t Wait

We won’t wait for the charity of corporate donors, or for the timelines of politicians. If such people care to donate funds or even to take the risk of civil disobedience, they are welcome to join us. On our own terms. But the time when gay people were grateful for small favors is over.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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‘SNL’ Alumna Victoria Jackson Says Obama’s a Communist

What happened to bubbly blond Victoria Jackson after her run on “Saturday Night Live”? Well, for her latest act she’s become a tea party demonstrator and she thinks the president’s a communist. “I watch Glenn Beck, and he has taught me well,” she tells Fox News’ Steve Doocy, adding, “Progressive is the new word for communist.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Daily Show’: Progressives Are Out to Get Us All

Now we’ve heard it directly from Glenn Beck’s mouth: “I am not a journalist—I am a conservative. I am much more of a libertarian.” Nowhere in there is the word progressive included. Shudder to think! Because as we all know, the path from progressivism leads straight to China.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Why Are Democrats Ignoring the Next New Dealers?

The Millennials—generally defined as Americans born in 1981 or after—are, without question, the most liberal generation since the New Dealers, and they could transform our politics for decades.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Health Care Reform: ‘A Fait Accompli’?

For a long while it seemed as if health care reform was progressing, if at all, at the speed of molasses. Now here comes The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait with his startling pronouncement that “it’s just quietly turned into a fait accompli.” Wait, what?

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Feels Liberal Backlash on Public Option

We keep hearing that the president can’t get his health care reform without the support of conservative Democrats in the Senate, but he also can’t pass anything without progressives in the House, who are none too happy with the administration’s hints that a public option could be dead.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


A Big Moment for Volunteerism

The House this week is expected to vote to expand civilian service, and the Senate will soon take up a similar bill. This issue holds the promise of producing that much prized but elusive Washington commodity: a large bipartisan majority. 

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


The Point of Pointing Fingers

Obama speaks disdainfully of “ideology,” but there comes a time when first principles need to be articulated. Conservatives have entered this fight with guns blazing while progressives have hidden behind a Maginot Line armed only with the word pragmatism.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


Finding Peace in the Culture Wars

If President Obama’s primary task is to restore economic growth, he has also been waging a quiet, long-term campaign to ease the nation’s divisions around religious and moral questions.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


Making Him Do It

Intragovernmental squabbling probably makes the conflict-averse Obama uncomfortable. But the “make him do it” dynamic could finally bring the center of Washington’s political debate closer to the progressive center of American public opinion.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


Stimulus Brings on a Family Feud

President Obama’s visit with House and Senate Republicans this week was useful for setting a new tone and a refreshing break from the Bush administration’s habit of consulting almost no one. But it was a sideshow to the main battle over how to improve the economy, which is among Democrats.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009 READ MORE


To Each His Own Obama

President Barack Obama intends to use conservative values for progressive ends, and in doing so he will confuse a lot of people.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


So, Just Who Is the Guy Taking the Oath?

Obama has made it hard for anyone to pin him down philosophically. So when he raises his hand on Tuesday, exactly what can the American people expect?

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE


Navel-Gazing in the Grand Old Party

While Republicans are looking inward and focusing on appeals to the party’s activist base, Obama wants Democrats to concentrate their energies on recently acquired political terrain and the new converts who were central to his party’s sweep last year. 

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE


FDR Prolonged the Depression? Really?

If you’re like me, you sometimes find yourself speechless when confronted with abject insanity, such as conservatives’ newest talking point—the one designed to stop Congress from passing an economic stimulus package.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Anti-Apartheid Activist Helen Suzman Dies

Former South African politician and anti-apartheid crusader Helen Suzman, a white woman who was once the only member of parliament to openly oppose the pernicious system of racial separation in South Africa, died Thursday at her home in Johannesburg. She was 91.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


Economic Death and Millionaire Taxes

For most of us, Benjamin Franklin’s words in 1789 still apply: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” However, millionaires, by definition, are not most of us.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


Warren Is Worth the Headache

By inviting Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, President-elect Barack Obama has alienated some of his friends on the left, but the choice also enrages conservatives who fear the breakup of right-wing dominance in the white evangelical community.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Man Is a Cruel Animal

We fool ourselves into believing we are immune to the savagery and chaos of failed states. Take away the rigid social structure, let society continue to break down, and we become, like anyone else, brutes.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008 READ MORE


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We Are All Las Vegans Now

A voyage to Sin City in this moment of ecological and economic crisis is a journey to a giant concave mirror reflecting back the magnified—and ugly—truths about this epoch of cataclysmic consumption and hubristic hedonism.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


We Told You So

With the release of three new reports, there’s no debate anymore about who was correct and who wasn’t concerning the economic collapse and the Wall Street bailout. The studies prove that progressive critics were right and the Washington ideologues and the pundits were wrong.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Nobel Nations

While the Nobel prizes recognize lifetime achievements in medicine, chemistry, physics, literature, economics and peace, and Sweden is a paragon among progressive, social democracies, there is another side to Sweden and the Nobels that warrants a closer look.

Posted on Dec 9, 2008 READ MORE


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