The Incredible Ecosystem of the Wisconsin State Capitol

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 6:55 am

What started as a protest has taken on the quality of a virtual city on the square. It’s very hard to explain unless you see it for yourself, but I’ll try. The Capitol has become a site for dissent, an information center, an organizing hub, a pizzeria, a display of wit and the site of a new progressive movement. That’s really not overstating the case.


Cal Ripken Was Right, and Madison Proves It

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 9:30 am

When Cal Ripken, Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, he told the crowds that he was just doing his job, the way so many other ordinary folks do, like teachers, police officers, mothers, fathers, business owners, and others. He said “You all may not receive the accolades that I have throughout my career, so I’d like to take the time out to salute all of you for showing up, working hard and making the world a better place.”

Sounds like what’s happening in Madison to me.

The Party Line – February 18, 2011

By: Friday February 18, 2011 9:36 am

Hey liberals, hey progressives, when President Obama says, “Social Security is not the huge contributor to the deficit,” he’s not backing you, he’s frontin’ you.

The Federalist Wankers

By: Friday February 4, 2011 1:30 am

A busy week for two Supreme Court Justices

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dr. Derek Bok, The Politics of Happiness

By: Saturday May 22, 2010 2:00 pm

America’s government may be the first one in the history of the world that started out with the expressly stated goal of making its citizens happy. Jefferson set out “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence. Madison added “to promote the general welfare” to the six purposes of government in the Constitution’s preamble. Both believed that democracy was the system most likely to deliver on the promise of helping people live happier lives.

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