August Distemper: Will Change Yet Come?

Americans are in a foul mood, for good reasons. Current polls suggest the fall elections offer little hope for change. Conservatives have failed; liberals remain too cautious. Only citizen movements can foster the change we need.
Robert Borosage
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Should Populists Declare Victory?

Pundits suggest populism is capturing the Democratic Party and that populists should declare victory, invite all into their tent, and stop challenging wayward New Democrats and centrists who admit their errors.
Robert Borosage
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Hillary’s Sister Souljah Moment

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.
Robert Borosage
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America’s Border Crisis of Conscience

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?
Terrance Heath
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Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation

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.
Richard Eskow
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The Democrats’ Middle Class Jump-Start

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.
Robert Borosage
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The Latest Crack in Our Broken Immigration System

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.
Diana Anahi Torres-Valverde
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North Carolina’s Moral Freedom Summer

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.
Jim Hightower
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Some Democratic Words for July 4

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.
Harvey J Kaye
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Hillary’s Hard Choice

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.
Robert Borosage
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Time to Stand Up and Fight for a More Perfect Union

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.
Robert Borosage
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How to Build a Powerful People’s Movement

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
Rev. William Barber
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What Frightens The Right Should Empower Progressives

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.
Harvey J Kaye
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We Are In a Crisis — a Moral Crisis

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.
Rev. William Barber
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Why Democrats Need Bernie Sanders to Run for President

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.
Why Democrats Need Bernie Sanders to Run for President
Michael Kazin
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Elizabeth Warren: Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination

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?
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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I Remember The Day FDR Died

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.
Bill Moyers
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Directly Destroying Democracy

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.
Leo Gerard
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Billionaires…First They Came For The Economy

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.

The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America

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.
Roger Hickey
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Enough Recrimination. Let’s Build a Populist Movement.

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.
Richard Eskow
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