Fighting back against a rigged system was the theme of Elizabeth Warren's rousing speech to Netroots Nation. Inside the hall, "Ready for Warren" hats and signs were everywhere.
Democrats, we're told, are united whereas Republicans are tearing each other apart. But beneath the apparent consensus, a fundamental argument is brewing between the Wall Street and the Warren wing of the party.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren went to Kentucky to campaign for Senate Democratic candidate Allison Grimes. Some smart people have clearly concluded that progressive economic populism is a winning strategy in the South.
The Senate minority leader thinks the best way to help pay for a $2.7 billion bridge rebuilding project in Kentucky is to stiff the workers who would do the work. A poll shows that idea is wildly unpopular.
Democrats running for office should pay attention to this survey. Americans are hungry for "populist" solutions that help regular working Americans and are tired of a political system that rigs the game for the already-rich.
How do we build a people’s movement? We start with vision. Prophetic moral vision seeks to penetrate despair, so that we can believe in and embrace new futures. It does not ask if the vision can be implemented
There are legitimate conclusions to be drawn from Cantor’s defeat. But there are also some insights to be gained from David Brat’s upset victory, especially for the left.
At the New Populism Conference, Rev. William Barber reminded progressive populists that we must know why we fight, and what we're fighting for. We must not shrink from battle, when we have all we need to fight and win.
There are Republican candidates and pollsters "who get this new populism," Celinda Lake told The New Populism Conference last week. If Democrats don't effectively align themselves with the populist mood, Republicans will.
Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a new populist challenge is emerging that is already influencing the national debate in 2014, and will have a major impact in 2016, whether or not the senator is ultimately drafted to run.
Democrats and Republicans pay no price for their robotic votes for trade deal after trade deal, hoping no one will notice. Our job is to notice, turn up the heat and make them pay a price.
“We need more than just bumper sticker phrases,” Rev. William Barber II of the NAACP said at The New Populism Conference last week. It takes a vision – and a lot of hard work.
The right put its resources into long-term movement building. On our side the money, resources and effort tend to go into looking for "messiah" candidates. It is a remarkably ineffective approach.
The game is rigged. The rich and the powerful have lobbyists, lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. Now we can whine about it. We can whimper. Or we can fight back. Me? I’m fighting back.
The new populism stands in the grand American tradition of opposition to financial aristocracies. It is founded in today's reality. Its reform agenda gains broad support. And it is growing, challenging the limits of both parties.
There is simply no reason whatsoever that we can't have full employment – except for policies that are intentionally keeping us from having full employment. Our New Populism conference will make that a central theme.
The rising American electorate that twice elected Barack Obama could be a deciding factor in 2014, if either party reaches out with a message that addresses concerns of its diverse constituencies and motivates them to vote.
As progressives gather in Washington on May 22 for the New Populism Conference, to shape and organize around a populist agenda, it's worth discussing if and how populism can be harnessed to save the planet.
The Democratic Party risks being sidelined from the debate being sparked by the New Populist uprising, paralyzed by the Sphinx-like silence of its presumptive 2016 nominee – and her husband's rhetorical war on populism.
The terrible damage done to working Americans by these trade agreements have become so clear that a New Populist movement is rising up to fight them. The New Populism Conference will explore this movement.
Make no mistake about it: the public’s mood is distinctly populist. And much of that populist sentiment is directed toward the financial institutions that have so badly damaged our economy.
There is a new populist movement that is driving minimum wage and other reforms across the country. It forms part of a template for how we build independent movements to improve the economy for regular people.
Republican populism is growing, as is the Democratic version, because the public wants it. And it’s not only the rhetoric that’s converging. Populists on the right and left are also coming together around six principles.
With a new wave of populism rising, Campaign for America's Future has announced that tickets are on sale for "The New Populism Conference," convening May 22 and featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
A successful strategy to reinvigorate this crucial base must include policies that curb the cost of higher education, create a jobs program and dedicate more funding to programs that serve America’s youth.
A Sunday conference and a Monday march in Washington is designed to further a "pro-equality populism," with an increase in the minimum wage and closing corporate tax loopholes as immediate demands.
You have to deliver for and campaign to your base voters or they don't show up and vote for you. If Democrats don’t give regular, working people – the Democratic base – a reason to vote, then many of them won’t.
The latest report that middle-income households are falling behind the counterparts in some other developed countries should embolden Democratic candidates to offer bolder, progressive populist prescriptions.
Populist sentiments are on the rise. But the stunted economic recovery — and big GOP money — makes it hard for Democrats to exploit them. That helps conservative candidates confuse voters with their own populist poses.
If Democrats draw a clear contrast with Republicans on these key issues and do what they need to do to bypass the corporate media gatekeepers and reach the public, they will win.
A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians’ broken promises.
Young adults hold liberal views on social issues but are increasingly reluctant to identify with either party. To win them, Democrats must differentiate themselves in their devotion to improving young peoples' lives.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.
Democrats are remarkably unified behind the jobs and inequality agenda the president ticked off in his State of the Union address. But beneath this surface calm, there is a growing divide within the Democratic Party.
Perhaps no myth is more prevalent or intractable than the one that says that the United States is a “moderate” nation. Polling data shows conclusively that this is wrong, but the mythology refuses to die.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he does not support fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on the same day that a new poll reveals the extent of public opposition to the trade deal.
The latest polling shows President Obama wins, and Democrats in Congress will win, with a progressive populist economic agenda. And they need not shy away from highlighting Republican obstruction and wrong-headed priorities.
A "new populism" is stirring, as the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party begins to challenge Wall Street's domination of our politics. But rebuilding the middle class will require a fierce, independent popular mobilization.
Anti-poverty programs have overwhelming public support, yet their continued operation and improvement are continually ignored and obstructed by conservative members of Congress.