After 40 years of class war from above, Americans are stirring. The time has come for progressive historians and intellectuals to join with their fellow citizens in the making of a new American narrative.
It is easy to scoff at and debunk the “history” Newt Gingrich offers on the walking tour featured in his latest book. But it reminds progressives of the imperative of speaking to American historical memory and imagination.
It is time for you and your generation to transform this nation as Americans did in the 1770s – the 1860s – and the 1930s and 1940s – not to mention the 1960s. It is time for you to make America freer, more equal, and more democratic.
World War II ended 70 years ago this past weekend. Americans in all their diversity fought for the Four Freedoms – Freedom of speech and worship, Freedom from want and fear – and did so in diverse ways. All are worth remembering today.
We will continue to gather in solidarity. We will continue to fight for our rights. And we will continue to declare that “This is what democracy looks like!”
Signing the 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act into law, FDR rightly said “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages has any right to continue in this country.” Let's make it so.
Knowing my enthusiasm for the Green Bay Packers, a friend emailed me following yesterday's win to say: "It's always nice when a collectively-owned team beats one owned by a greedy mega-capitalist, who's beloved by Chris Christie."
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.
At Milwaukee's Laborfest, President Obama had the bravado to remind us of his 2008 promise to "stand with workers." But don't wait on the White House: Be prepared to mobilize, organize, and fight for your rights.
We progressives had very good reason to be hopeful in 2007. But instead of despairing let's recall our past and consider what we failed to do so we can truly build a progressive populist majority.
The 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II is just a year away. Let's truly honor the Greatest Generation. Let's redeem and renew the struggles for Freedom of Speech and Religion,and Freedom from Want and Fear.
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.
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.
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.
Whenever Reagan spoke of the Greatest Generation, he was not so much trying to remind Americans of its great achievements as to keep them from remembering too much of them. Will we now remember?
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.