American exceptionalism sounds conservative. But you know what? For more than 200 years, American exceptionalism was a radical-democratic idea. And we should not forget it. Indeed, we should redeem it.
For Hillary Clinton, the 2016 challenge will be to reassure voters that she is on their side. To overcome the fact that she's Wall Street's favorite candidate, perhaps she should seek out her own Sister Souljah moment.
You absolutely have to watch this speech by Rev. William Barber at Netroots Nation, in which he talks about the moral roots of our progressive fight for equality and justice.
On NPR's "On Point," Sen. Bernie Sanders laid out his argument for a potential presidential bid and Robert Borosage explained how Sanders' policy agenda might influence a possible Hillary Clinton campaign.
In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 60 bodies lie in a heap on the floor of a morgue – the body count for just one day. Can we in good conscience send children back there – when we helped create the conditions they are escaping?
Activists huddled over coffee to plot new ways of defeating metaphorical “snakes” while other attendees networked over drinks as they sought to climb career ladders.
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.
House Democrats released their 2014 election year agenda Wednesday. It received virtually no news coverage. But it represents a first step in defining the terms of the election for voters on the vital issue of the economy.
It takes the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency an average of seven years to grant immigrants green cards. Some undocumented immigrants who arrive as children may be well into their 40s before they get a green card.
They’ve outed the extremist governor and legislators who have cut taxes for corporations and the rich, while raising taxes on low-income people. Now, Moral Mondays is going after political kleptocrats in their districts.
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.
From his 1997 call for "A Return to National Greatness" to his new lament about America's "Spiritual Recession," conservative David Brooks makes it easy to dismiss his arguments. But we must not dismiss his questions.
From Paine's Common Sense and Jefferson's Declaration to FDR's Four Freedoms and MLK's I Have a Dream, progressive words have inspired us to make America more free, equal and democratic. Here's a host of them to recite on July 4.
Despite the recent gaffes, Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite for president. But to avoid a failed presidency, she'll have to choose to break from the policies of her former boss and her husband.
The irony of American politics is that the right is far weaker than it appears and the left far stronger than it asserts. That strength is too often subsumed under more centrist, far-better-funded Democratic candidates and operations.
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
The "Young Gun" authors of the new conservative manifesto "Room to Grow" never mention the progressive labors and popular struggles that created the first-ever middle-class nation. But the Populist Majority must.
What are they afraid of? Why does the memory of FDR, the Greatest Generation, and the Four Freedoms rattle the right? Watch the video that Varney and Company of FOX Business News would not post.
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.
Like justice, caring for the vulnerable, embracing the stranger, healing the sick, protecting workers, fairness to all members of the human family, and educating children should never be relegated to the margins of our social consciousness.
Sen. Bernie Sanders may actually run for president. Assuming he rejects the Naderish option of running as an independent, a Sanders run could be excellent news for Democrats — in the next presidential race and beyond.
Yesterday, a Wall Street Journal editorial about SEIU Healthcare Michigan – made up of workers who serve seniors and people with disabilities – repeated unfair, misleading, anti-worker attacks against ordinary working men and women.
It’s a political cliché that “red” and “blue” states represent two Americas. But consider how states prioritize programs like health care and education — or how they administer their social safety nets — and the differences are very real.
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.
There’s really a storybook quality to Elizabeth Warren. How did this cookie-baking housewife from Oklahoma end up staring down the most powerful financial powers on Planet Earth, causing them to tremble in their wingtip shoes?
In this audio interview, historian Harvey Kaye looks back to 1941 for lessons on how to build a progressive populist movement that can overcome the conservative-corporate money machine.
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.
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.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will finish her five-year tenure having implemented the biggest expansion of health insurance in 50 years. What should we learn from her success story?
It was never apparent that FDR’s New Deal materially made a difference in my father’s life, but this I know, and I know it for certain: he believed President Roosevelt was on his side, fighting for common people like him.
Despite overwhelming evidence that a racial wealth gap exists and persists in the U.S., it remains a taboo topic in the mainstream media and most politicians studiously avoid offering targeted solutions to help close this gap.
Big league universities want the athletes they recruit to see them as substitute moms and dads. It’s all very appealing – until an athlete is seriously injured in practice or a game.
The rich can buy more of everything. More food. More cars. More houses. More vacations. More boats. But for a democracy to function properly, they should be forbidden from buying more votes.
A study finds that the millennial generation is increasingly alienated from the major institutions of American society. Many see little difference between the two major political parties.
First the oligarchs came for our economy, and we said nothing. Now, they’ve come for science. Thanks to Republican-backed austerity measures, our nation’s scientific infrastructure has been hit with devastating budget cuts.
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.
What are we really arguing about? People seem to have brought years of smoldering resentment to this conversation. Enough. We need to talk about transformation – and about electoral politics.
The CPC budget offers Americans a common-sense set of choices on vital priorities. To do so, it has to take on big money and entrenched special interests. Common sense, it turns out, requires courage.
Arizona and Uganda are nine thousand miles apart, but they were side by side in the news this week, due to extremist anti-gay laws that spring from and are supported by the religious right.
In a Harper's essay and an interview with Bill Moyers, Adolph Reed Jr. argues the American left has ceased to exist as a viable political force. This has the potential to jumpstart some long-overdue conversations.