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Robert Scheer and Libertarian Journalist Matt Welch Discuss Reason in America

Welch tells Truthdig’s editor in chief what it means to be a libertarian, how the Libertarian Party has grown during the 2016 presidential campaign and where libertarian values and progressive values overlap. Transcript added.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up

If the United States ends up with President Trump, the Democratic nominee and her party will have no one to blame but themselves for refusing to compromise their allegiances to Wall Street and morally bankrupt, center-right, establishment positions.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Has a New Political Rap Anthem Called ‘Power to the People’

Kor Element, a self-described “hip-hop healer,” unveiled his new song for the Green Party presidential candidate at a rally in Los Angeles.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

How Do Today’s Struggles for Justice Differ From Those of the 1930s?

Americans lack organized labor movements and a ruling class that feels even slightly obligated to protect workers and the poor, cultural critic Henry Giroux (pictured) tells Paul Jay of The Real News Network.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

With Trump Sure to Lose, Forget About a Progressive Clinton

“What seems most plausible from the current standpoint is a landslide for Clinton, and with it the triumph of complacent neoliberal orthodoxy,” writes Thomas Frank at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE

Criticism of Hillary Clinton Is Not Support of Donald Trump

“It means we are still using our brains, ‘That we are not checkmated,’ ” writes Steven Thrasher at The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Launches Bold, Progressive Plan to Transform U.K.

“Our country wasn’t run by Brussels, it’s run by boardrooms across the world,” the Labour Party leader said as he called for pro-worker public investments, peace abroad and a clean-energy transition.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE

Why Sanders’ ‘Berners’ Kept Up the Heat

As a member of the California delegation, I could see that the Democratic convention was never going to be a harmonious melding of two campaigns. The Clintonites were fighting not a candidate but a wildfire.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Speak at Socialist Convergence During Democratic Convention (Video)

What should progressive-minded citizens do after everyone leaves Philadelphia? Our Truthdig columnist and the Green Party presidential candidate share their thoughts.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Leaked Documents Reveal How the DNC Tried to Undermine Sanders’ Campaign

A trove of emails released by WikiLeaks show how higher-ups in the Democratic National Committee sought to boost Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Revolutionaries, Give Your Love to Jill Stein

Given the Democratic Party’s hostility to Sanders’ progressive agenda, it’s time for the senator’s supporters to transfer their votes and enthusiasm to someone at least as deserving: Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE

Will Clinton VP Pick Be a ‘Middle Finger’ to Millions Who Voted for Bernie?

An appropriate progressive response to an inadequate choice, one Democratic delegate says, “would be expressions of outrage and nonviolent protest, from the convention floor in Philadelphia to communities across the country.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE

Pro-Fracking, Pro-Colonialism, Anti-Single Payer: The Democrats’ Platform Sucks

Progressives vow to “take the fight to Philadelphia” and battle for a stronger platform at the Democratic Party convention.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Again Offers Top Spot on Green Party Presidential Ticket to Bernie Sanders

“If he saw that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counterrevolutionary party, he’d be welcomed to the Green Party,” said the third party’s leading candidate.

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Calls on Progressives to Run for State and Local Office

In a speech webcast Thursday night, the candidate, who won more than 10 million votes in the 2016 Democratic primary, urged supporters to begin the work of organizing politically “at the local and state level in an unprecedented way.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Is Elizabeth Warren a Phony Progressive for Failing to Endorse Bernie Sanders?

Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks” views the progressive senator’s behavior during the Democratic primary—which perplexed many of her supporters—as a sign of misunderstanding the tactics of power.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

I Don’t Know What Lies Behind the Door of a Trump Presidency. Do You?

On the other hand, I have two-and-a-half decades worth of reasons to fear a new Clinton administration.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Supporters Plan a Next Step for the Progressive Movement

Sanders supporters are planning an event called the People’s Summit for late June in Chicago, days after the final primary.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE

Jane Sanders Says Bernie Would Lead a National Movement Whether or Not He Wins the Presidency

Now that Bernie Sanders has a “massive national and indeed international profile,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked in an interview with the candidate’s wife recently, “Do you see an organization being formed out of the Sanders-centered movement that has sprung up around his campaign?”

Posted on Apr 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Seymour Hersh on Sanders and Clinton: ‘Something … Amazing Is Happening in This Country’

The veteran progressive journalist acknowledged on “Democracy Now!” that “it’s going to be very hard for a lot of the people who support Sanders to support Hillary Clinton” and explained why he’s excited about what’s ahead in American politics.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama Is Wrong About Social Movements and Activists

As Obama must know, the role of social movements and many activists is to “speak truth to power,” to chant “more, more, more,” and not to stop until the job is done.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Cenk Uygur and His Team at The Young Turks

The energetic host is a journalist who puts his principles and passion into action. He was arrested Monday at a Capitol Hill protest. But what is more important is that his hard-hitting reports are free of an “objectivity” that distorts the truth.

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 READ MORE

‘Longtime Progressives’ Robert Scheer and Torie Osborn Debate Over Sanders and Clinton (Video)

In a tense debate between Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and liberal activist Torie Osborn, Scheer warned U.S. liberals against whitewashing Hillary Clinton’s record in the interest of getting her nominated during an election season when many voters recognize that the Democratic establishment has sold them out.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Progressives Nationwide Seek to Take Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ Into Congress

Zephyr Teachout of New York, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Lucy Flores of Nevada want to take on Wall Street, big oil and the military-industrial complex—and they’re all mounting bids for Congress.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is Hillary Clinton a Progressive? Not According to Her Policy Record

Jeff Cohen, media scholar at Ithaca College and founder of the watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, reviews Clinton’s history of “progressivism” and laughs.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Student Activists on the Decline of the Liberal Church

“If you look at how [Union Theological Seminary] treats its professors of color, its students of color, its neighbors of color, it doesn’t add up.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Missing Women of Afghanistan

On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE

12 Theses on Education in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The goal of neoliberal education policies is not to improve education, but rather to increase the profits of private corporations. As long as the United States continues to view educational policy and practice through the lens of market-based values, there is little hope that progressive education, with its aim of educating students for critical citizenship and social and economic justice, will survive.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE

The Debate: Independence or Partisanship

Finally, there is a much needed debate about the relationship that people who are working for progressive change should have with the Democratic Party—one that has existed at the edges, in email discussions and private conversations, but is now moving to center stage. And it includes the issue of a presidential run by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE

Is Elizabeth Warren Stepping Into Sharkskin?

The respected Massachusetts senator wants “to turn post offices into loan-sharking bodegas in low income neighborhoods,” investigative reporter Greg Palast writes at Reader Supported News.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

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Bernie Sanders for President in 2016?

The outspoken senator from Vermont, Congress’ only self-described socialist, said he would consider a 2016 run for the presidency if no one else with sufficiently left-wing values enters the race.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE

Did Progress Leave Christians Behind?

Christians opposed to same-sex marriage are being persecuted for their homophobia and bigotry, preacher and radio host Matt Slick told “The Daily Show” on Monday. Todd Clayton (pictured above), a gay Christian and student at Union Theological Seminary in New York and a leader on the upcoming Truthdig Trek, says, “That’s insane.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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