Liberalism

The Last Time Fatcats Tanked the Economy, the Backlash Was Huge. Why Didn't That Happen This Time?
Explaining the power of 21st century plutocracy
June 02, 2014

From the Populists to the New Deal, political movements have relied on the middle class. Obama has, just barely, helped them stay comfortable enough to stay home.

Teddy Roosevelt, Not-So-Great Reformer
What Washington-focused liberals miss about Progressivism
March 14, 2014

The liberal consensus is that Teddy Roosevelt was a great progressive. But his popularity makes it hard to see an alternative: progressivism with power not in the hands of corporate managers, or oligarchs. 

An Incoherent Harper's Essay Suggests There's No Difference Between Obama and Republicans
Left-wing naivete about right-wing radicalism
March 12, 2014

A new Harper's essay attacks Obama from the left—and is incoherent about the vast gap between liberals and conservatives

Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Failed. Good. But Did You Hear About Arkansas?
Liberals have a problem with bright shiny objects
February 27, 2014

By all means, celebrate the Arizona gay-rights victory. But don't forget about other issues in other states.

There's One Big Difference Between GMO Skepticism and Climate-Change Denial
January 06, 2014

In The New York Times on Sunday, Amy Harmon has a long, fascinating, and superbly researched piece about the fight over genetically engineered crops in Hawaii.

Stop Fawning Over Pope Francis at the Expense of Women and Gay Rights
December 29, 2013

It's time for some perspective on papal hype

Now's Not the Time for Liberals to Say "I Told You So" About Obamacare
November 28, 2013

It has been a rough two months for the Affordable Care Act and its defenders. Having spent years fighting ridiculous allegations about socialized medicine and "death panels," supporters of near-universal coverage now face something different.

Obamacare's Threat to Liberalism
November 24, 2013

There’s a term of art that the Obama White House uses to describe its neurotic supporters who instantly race to the worst-case scenario: They are known as “bed-wetters.” Two months into the dysfunctional life of healthcare.gov, however, that seems a

A Chris Christie Presidency Would Be a Disaster for Liberals
November 10, 2013

Christie's moderate views on certain social issues would do little to change things. His severe views on fiscal and foreign policy are another story. 

Why Aren't Those New, Millennial Liberals Protesting the Shutdown?
September 30, 2013

Is a new, young left really on the rise? A few weeks ago, Peter Beinart wrote a long online essay which argued strongly in the affirmative. It drew a lot of attention—20,000 “Likes” and almost 5,000 tweets, at last count.

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