The Health Care Debate: Another Country Heard From

One of the big differences between the 1993 Hillarycare debate and our current conversation is that we’re hearing a lot more fact and lot less fiction about how other countries’ […]
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What Religious Progressives Bring To The Party

I spent several days over last weekend as a volunteer webworker covering the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Salt Lake City. These annual confabs are always a highlight of the […]
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Broken Health Care: What It Really Costs Us

Sometimes, when you're up to your chin in alligators, it's hard to focus on the fact that there's a big, broad, alligator-free world waiting somewhere out there, beyond the edge of the swamp.
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Firing Back on Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism

It’s been a wild couple of weeks for those of us in the wingnutology business. Our services have been in tremendous demand as the mainstream media tries to sort out […]
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Memo to the Right Wing: Put Up or Shut Up

Dear Conservatives: Your fellow Americans demand an answer — and we want it now. Just one simple question: Are you deliberately trying to start a civil war? Just answer the […]
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The Next Fight: Immigration Reform

Republicans have been running on immigration as a signature issue for the past several elections, so it’s ironic that progressives are the ones with the most to gain from solving […]
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Breaking Down the Status Quo in Six Easy Steps

One of the things I’m really liking about the new regime is the way the stark, terrified silence of the Bush years is giving way to noisy, energetic public discussion […]
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The Far Right’s First 100 Days: Shifting Into Overdrive

Somewhere back in February, about three weeks into the Obama Administration, everybody on the left suddenly noticed that there was something different going on with the conservatives. The outrageous screeds […]
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Time to Deliver: No Turning Back, Part II

Last week, in Part I of this short series, I talked about the three main scenarios that dominate progressive conversations about America’s future: 1) Permanent Decline — Due to Americans’ […]
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Time to Deliver: No Turning Back, Part I

Terrance’s last post heroically set out and engaged the two dominant scenarios about the American future that progressives seem to be wrestling with right now. These two scenarios might be […]
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Time to Deliver: Seven Steps to Revolution, Revisited

Terrance Heath kicked off our conversation by invoking Alexis de Tocqueville’s observation that change comes about as a “revolution of expectations.” Since how people greet and adapt to transformative change […]
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Goverment-Funded Health Care? We’re Already Two-Thirds There

My fictitious conservative uncle—let’s call him Uncle Con—is at it again. “Americans don’t need socialized medicine!” he bellows, doing his very best Rush Limbaugh impression—which pretty much lets you know […]
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“Know This If Nothing Else: This Was A Hate Crime”

Progressives around the country can breathe a little easier today: James Adkisson has been sentenced to life behind bars for the deaths of Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger, the Unitarian […]
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Five Big Ideas We Should Be Talking About

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” — Daniel Burnham, American architect Most progressives understand by now that […]
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We’ve Been Through Some Crappy Times Before

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose: It may perhaps be asked what need there is of reasoning or proof to illustrate a position which is not either controverted […]
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Redefining “Moral Clarity”

They keep using those words. It turns out that they don’t mean what we think they mean. On Thursday night, for the first time since 9/11, I actually sat down […]
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Mythbusting the Obama Recovery Package

Here it is: our moment of economic truth. We’re standing at that historic fork in the road where the nation decides, now and for the foreseeable future, whether it’s going […]
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Fighting for Our Families

Last month’s piece on how to talk to your conservative relatives over the holidays was apparently welcome and necessary. Not only was it one of the biggest hits at ourfuture.org […]
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Down At The Mall, The Shopping Spree is Over

There’s an e-mail making the rounds this week: STORE CLOSINGS AND LAYOFFS: By the end of Dec. 2008 as announced Circuit City Filed Bankruptcy, they promised to keep all stores […]
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Why Progressives Should Celebrate Veterans’ Day

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day in Canada. In many ways, it is the most Canadian of all the statutory holidays we have here — more heartfelt than Thanksgiving, more widely observed […]
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What Happens to the Progressive Movement Now?

All good movements turn into organizations turn into businesses turn into rackets. —Old organizers’ saying I don’t think any of us expected to get so far so soon. Back in […]
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Are We Moving Ahead — or Heading Back?

Our fellow Americans, at long last, are getting it. Not only is the Age of Reagan over; it’s becoming increasingly clear that the entire post-WWII order has come to the […]
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Postcard from Wasilla

Jonathan Raban, writing in the London Review of Books, gives us a keen insight into what happens when you let conservatives build cities: Present-day Wasilla is Palin’s lasting monument. It […]
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Firing Back on the CRA Libel

Conservative pundits and politicians have piled onto the excuse like shipwreck victims clinging to a passing log: The real blame for the current economic crisis lies not with anything they […]
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Condemned to Repeat It: When Our National Memory Fails

Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Santayana’s warning is now such a persistent cliche only because it’s so painfully true. Where have we seen this […]
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Debunked: Ten Conservative Myths About National Security

True confession: I was terrified on 9/11—for all the right reasons. I wasn’t afraid of the terrorists. There are plenty of countries where people have lived for decades under the […]
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White Christian America versus Everybody Else

In the current issue of The Nation (which also featured a cover story co-authored by our own Bob Borosage), Chris Bowers pointed out a structural truth that lies at the […]
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Twin Cities Violence: Just What The RNC Ordered

It almost seems like the Twin Cities cops are going way out of their way to create trouble, doesn’t it? We had our share of ugly police events in Denver—almost […]
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Why We Don’t Shoot Back

Drew Westen and Mike Lux both have cogent and persuasive posts up that deftly explain — and raise the alarm about — the timidity that’s recently settled into Sen. Barack […]
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The Second Coming of Barack Obama

Obamaone1by dollarsandsense123 Having apparently decided that the hole isn’t nearly deep enough yet (which is to say: they haven’t struck oil, but they do seem have located a big fat […]
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