The Problem for Progressives Is Corruption Not Messaging

By: Monday February 3, 2014 12:18 pm

When smart policies that reduce the deficit with 60-70% support are not being adopted the issue isn’t messaging, it is something deeper.


Of Freedom and Bridges

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 9:30 am

Republicans believe the elimination of the commons will make Americans free in ways they aren’t today. We will soar once we are freed from the chains of public education, crossable bridges and drivable roads, from the curse of clean air and clean, drinkable water, from the prison-house of effective disease control and safe pharmaceuticals.

Goodnight, Moon: No More Neil Armstrongs in a Conservative Future

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 9:30 am

Neil Armstrong went to college on the GI Bill. It seems fitting that we remind ourselves of that on the day after his death and on the eve the GOP national convention with the stupid, chest-puffing slogan, “We Built It.”

The War on Us

By: Sunday October 2, 2011 9:30 am

New York Times columnist David Brooks has long been engaged in a stealth campaign against the discoveries of science – especially neuroscience – that validate a more egalitarian and humanistic political order.

Brooks has skillfully branded himself as the Pundit Who Will Tell You About New Findings in the Human Sciences. But in Brooks’ hands all the new science somehow becomes justification for top-down, conservative and even authoritarian government. It’s all just a magical confirmation of Hobbes.

Conservative Lies About Human Nature

By: Sunday June 26, 2011 9:30 am

A moral imperative for the pursuit of wealth and power, whatever the consequences for the many and for society at large. That was the goal of the confidence men who sold us a false and destructive view of our own natures. So successful were they that many progressives (and most Democrats) remain content to operate within the frames and narratives generated by the scam.

Our most important a task involves replacing the deceitful view of humankind with the new – and true – picture of cooperative, empathic and complex human being (we can, obviously, be selfish, cruel and violent – but that’s not all we are).

Getting Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot

By: Sunday June 19, 2011 9:30 am

David Wittman’s (aka DJ Dave) popular video, “Whole Foods Parking Lot,” is a hilarious send-up of some of the apparent moral contradictions of participants in today’s postmodern counter-culture. It’s a counter-culture only in the sense that it has more to do with the checkout counter than it does any challenge to the culture at large. Hell, it is the culture at large.

The Wall

By: Sunday July 11, 2010 9:30 am

This week, George Lakoff published a piece called “Disaster Messaging” and Eric Alterman penned an essay called “Kabuki Democracy: Why a Progressive Presidency is Impossible, for Now.” Lakoff and Alterman know what is standing in the way of progressive achievement in America. Let’s call it The Wall. Lakoff speaks of the conservatives’ message advantages. Democrats [...]

Gilgamesh versus the Evangelical-Capitalist Resonance Machine

By: Sunday April 5, 2009 9:30 am

We’ll turn to the oldest human story of all, the Epic of Gilgamesh, to understand what links the evangelical right to free market extremists. Until we understand them, we can’t beat them.

Death Before Disorder: Health Care and “The Reader”

By: Sunday February 15, 2009 9:30 am

In the film, “The Reader,” Hannah Schmidt shocks the courtroom when she says that her Nazi-era failure to release 300 prisoners from a burning church made sense because chaos might have resulted from their release. But doesn’t the American health care system lock millions into a burning church that guarantees ill health and death?

Republicans: “Take Away the Car Keys”

By: Sunday December 14, 2008 9:00 am

Conservative ideologues looking to punish workers and the American middle class for auto industry failures are driven by an authoritarian worldview George Lakoff calls the strict parent model.

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