In early 2010, three progressive economic activists – myself, Dean Baker, and Robert Kuttner – met with Obama political adviser David Axelrod. We left disappointed. Obama's election message was: "The jobs are coming."
Corporations owe taxes on the $2 trillion of profits these companies have already made. Who should get this money? We could let corporations keep the money – or use it to give ordinary Americans a $2,000 check.
In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the grand jury makes its decision in the Michael Brown case.
There is a demand in the electorate for candidates who are advancing populist themes, said the woman who challenged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the left earlier this year.
In the debate between populist progressives and self-described "centrists" over why Democrats lost the midterms and how they should recalibrate, it's worth recalling that Republicans won in part by co-opting populism.
The conditions that made Ferguson, Mo., a powder keg waiting for a spark didn’t happen overnight, and a forum today made it clear that it will take more than putting cameras on cops to prevent the “next Ferguson."
Democrats have a choice. They can refill their campaign coffers for 2016, or they can come out swinging. It’s the choice of the century. Democrats have less than two years to make it.
All the talk is about "governing" and "getting stuff done." But when the two parties begin to agree, Americans should hold onto their wallets. This is the way the rules get rigged to favor the few.
For all the talk of change in Washington, families are getting squeezed by an economy that isn’t working for them. The solution requires recognizing the kind of changes needed if families are going to get a shot at building a secure future.
By thinking they could "attract votes from the center-right" and "distance themselves from" the President and core Democratic policies, many Democratic candidates failed to give the Democratic base a reason to vote. So they didn't.
The diverse coalition that makes up the Forward Together Moral Monday movement came out in record numbers on Tuesday to express one sentiment in particular : We will never go back and we'll never sound retreat.
Underneath it all, this election was a statement by people against an economy that is not working for them. Democrats failed to deliver a better economy and a better life for most people, and voters held them accountable.
The election debacle puts Americans at risk. With a Republican Congress rewarded for its obstruction, anything that gets done in Congress is likely to serve the few and screw the many. Get ready for the fight to come.
Sean McElwee, a writer and a research assistant at Demos, wrote an excellent piece laying out the importance of voter turnout in four charts. We speak with Sean in the attached clip.
Why bother to vote today? There are plenty of good reasons. We list four ways voting – or not – will have an immediate impact on your life, plus a fifth reason that is perhaps the most important one of all.
Key elections are going down to the wire. Activists are mobilizing; dark money is flooding in. But some lessons seem clear. We're witnessing not a conservative revival, but the beginnings of a populist upheaval.
An elaborate mythology blames a “culture of poverty” for pockets of concentrated despair, like Ferguson. Another view holds that whites simply fled such areas. But a new study blames a century of intentionally discriminatory policies.
Stan Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the party's base in the "rising American electorate." But to get there, Dems will have to pivot to a more populist message.
A riot in New Hampshire, and a likely grand jury decision not to indict in Ferguson, Missouri, underscore that blacks and whites still live in very different Americas, under very different rules.
The election is still about the economy. And polls show Republicans have the edge on that. So what is the closing argument for Democrats? How do they make their case? The freshman Senator from Massachusetts offers a clue.
With Election Day just two weeks away, Rev. William Barber's words remind us: "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now!" His new book reminds us of the moral power of progressive values when we march "forward together."
America — proudly dubbed the “indispensable nation” by its national-security managers — is now the entangled nation enmeshed in conflicts across the globe. But endless war undermines the Constitution.
America must stop “following tragedy with embarrassment,” and pass the End Racial Profiling Act, before the next city that’s “one dead black teenager away from burning to the ground” catches fire.
At the deportation center in San Pedro Sula, planes land with over 100 Hondurans a day, returned from our border prisons to their native land. They tell heartbreaking tales of failed attempts to join their families or find work.
De Blasio's acceptance speech at CAF's Awards Gala Tuesday was a clarion call for a bold populist politics, one that would challenge the limits of conventional wisdom.
On Tuesday night, progressive leaders and activists celebrated champions whose work shows that progressive leadership and governance improve the lives of hard-working Americans.
A recent study confirms something leftists have suspected for a long time: People are happier in countries with larger governments, a more generous “welfare state,” and more government intervention in the economy.
The news alarms. The elections will deepen obstruction. It is easy to lose heart. But there is a populist movement stirring that has only begun to build, but is likely to transform our country.
As autumn descends on the nation’s capital, people are saying there’s a darkness on the edge of town. It’s born of the fear, pessimism and uncertainty which have become the Republican political brand. But there is an answer.
Populism is the new coin of the realm. Unfortunately not that many Democrats are campaigning on things that are popular. On Tuesday, it's important for us to build momentum around the crusades of three progressive heroes.
While it’s true that the United States can’t welcome every refugee in the world, the instability and insecurity flaring in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras follows more than a century of U.S. meddling in those countries.
Progressives who are elected to executive office can change the political landscape through action. Two of Bill de Blasio's actions challenge the ‘bipartisan’ consensus which has too often strangled open debate.
Corporations are funneling money to anti-consumer, anti-worker, anti-environment, right-wing governors who work against the interests of their customers and employees.
The Supreme Court’s decision to let stand lower court rulings in favor of marriage equality weds marriage equality to economic justice for LGBT families in more states, but leaves some LGBT families waiting at the altar.
As events in Jefferson County Colorado show, the right fears history and wants to suppress it. So, we must encourage our fellow citizens to remember how Americans have struggled to make the nation freer, more equal, and more democratic.
The head of AFSCME is being honored for going beyond being a fierce defender of public employees to being an effective coalition-builder in the larger fight for the dignity of all working people.
New York City faces extraordinary challenges, but this year's winner of the Campaign for America's Future Progressive Champion award has already amassed a striking list of accomplishments.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt attracted attention when he announced that his company would no longer be funding the American Legislative Exchange Council. Now, companies from across the tech sector, and beyond, are following suit.
Every time a young black man is unjustly killed by police, or private citizens "standing their ground," we are told to "trust the system." Clearly, trusting the system to deliver justice doesn't work. We need a movement that demands it.
Bill Clinton argues that corporate CEOs will soon care more about employees and society than profits. But today's CEO's are cashing out their own companies' futures to line their pockets. Sweet dreams won't change that.