Pragmatic Spinelessness

By: Sunday June 9, 2013 11:30 am

The spineless party needs to tell us what it will fight for.


The Dearth of Democracy in America

By: Sunday October 28, 2012 10:30 am

This isn’t a participatory democracy. It’s the reality show of politics, with two guys battling it out over who gets to screw the public.

OWS Forms a Public

By: Sunday October 16, 2011 10:30 am

Media reporting about OccupyWallStreet is bound up in its traditional mindset. The important things are clothes, demands, impact on the political horserace, police actions, and spectacle. Media pundits agree, trying to figure out what is happening here, using the usual categories, hippies, protesters, dirty, ignorant of reality on one side, and on the other side more positive terms, they speak for all of us, they raise important concerns that aren’t being addressed, they are the equivalent of the Tea Party on the left.

The Demands Of Democracy

By: Sunday March 13, 2011 10:40 am

In John Dewey’s work, Firedoglake is a public. It provides a place for the practical wisdom of democracy to express itself and find solutions to problems. Join us!

Politics and Publics

By: Sunday March 6, 2011 10:30 am

John Dewey reminds of that the principles of democracy include faith in our fellow citizens. It is a hard lesson.

“One Moment in the World’s Salvation”

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 9:30 am

In his song “American Tune,” Paul Simon dreamed of “the Statue of Liberty, sailing away to sea.” I wonder if it will find a more fitting home in the Nile Delta?

Guns, Derivatives And Character

By: Sunday February 6, 2011 10:27 am

Selling guns to mass murderers. Selling loaded derivatives to Alabama counties. People who do things like that lack character.

Freedom and the Morality of Economics

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 10:45 am

John Dewey thinks that the power of unbridled wealth is that it crushes the individual. That happened under the military power of Kings and Emperors, and it happens in democratic societies when economic wealth dominates politics and ideology.

You Aren’t A Pragmatist, Mr. President

By: Sunday January 23, 2011 10:30 am

The President is not a pragmatist. Pragmatists think being right is a test of intelligence. No pragmatist let Larry Summers near anything that required getting it right.

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