Late Night: This Wasn’t Just Our Failure

By: Monday October 28, 2013 8:00 pm

I fault Obama voters and progressive “principles” in general much less than I fault the people who had the money to build a media empire of their own and focused it on vanity projects intead, or kept their powder dry so as to appease moral monsters at dinner parties. A failure of money and a failure to understand media infrastructure (miscasting the NYT as liberal and thinking that would be enough, for example) is not a failure to “believe your own ideology.”

Dick Durbin Insults Everyone Else’s Intelligence About Social Security

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 5:45 am

The “. . . may run out of money. . . . ” and “. . . dealing with entitlements. . . “ memes, in reply to Chris Wallace’s question suggests that a deal trading increased revenues for Social Security and other entitlement cuts is acceptable to him. So, Durbin’s argument is that because Social Security Trustee and CBO projections, based on very pessimistic economic growth projections for the whole period, show a shortfall in the Social Security “Trust Fund” in 20 years, it is acceptable to make entitlement cuts now if the Democrats can get increased revenue from higher taxes, as if entitlement “reform” were the only way to meet the perceived Social Security solvency problem. But who would it be acceptable to?

Progressive Talking Heads Not Talking About California School Success and Opportunity Act

By: Sunday August 18, 2013 7:00 am

It’s kind of sad, really. Progressive talking heads on cable television aren’t talking about Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signing AB 1266, the School Success and Opportunity Act. The act will become law on January 1, 2014 — the tenth anniversary of California’s first transgender rights bill, AB 196, the Gender Nondiscrimination Act, becoming law.

Economics for Progressives

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 11:00 am

We need leadership from the Progressive Caucus on economic issues. It’s time to get rid of the dumb theories that led us into the Great Crash and replace them with ideas that will make the economy work for everyone.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anthony Arnove, Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009

By: Sunday December 23, 2012 1:59 pm

Anthony Arnove got to know Howard Zinn’s distinctive voice when he collaborated with Zinn on “The People Speak.” As a result, Arnove was selected by the Howard Zinn Trust to edit four decades of his speeches. Although Zinn’s remarks are in text form, his passion, his energy, his humor, and his desire for long-term systemic change jump off the page and inspire the reader.

Zinn’s legacy is inspirational to progressives who believe in healing the world on behalf of the public good. War and the reckless accumulation of wealth – two of the most central features to the American zeitgeist – were anathema to Zinn, who celebrated a just, multi-cultural, egalitarian society.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steven Johnson, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 1:59 pm

One of my great frustrations about the digital age is how poor our language is to explain and understand what is happening in our midst. At the outset of Future Perfect, Johnson offers us a new word to describe an emerging political consciousness: peer progressive. It is an apt term, well-coined. Peer progressives believe in the progress of humanity – that we are on a path of continual improvement, and that the exciting technological innovations of the digital age offer new and compelling ways forward. While embracing a progressive worldview, peer progressives believe in the power of peer-to-peer networks, not institutions. They are “wary of centralized control, but they [are] not free-market libertarians…they [are] equally suspicious of big government and big corporations.”

St Ronnie Speaks

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 4:20 pm

President Obama is meeting with progressive groups today, and then CEOs tomorrow, so they can all get on the same page as him about the Fiscal Cliff and, perhaps, his Grand Bargain. Someone at one of these meetings needs to play this clip for him, of the last ‘transformative President’ who made a Social Security deal that not only accommodated the baby boomer bulge but also ensured the system’s viability through 2035.

After playing this for Obama, he needs to be told the simplest way to reform, repair, and re-fund Social Security: Raise the Damn Cap.

Matt Stoller vs. Peter Coyote and the Case Against the Case for Obama

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 10:00 am

Peter Coyote, who first attracted my attention when he signed a “vote Democratic and keep Nader out of it” letter back in 2004, has come up with a sally in Salon against Matt Stoller’s piece, itself titled “The Progressive Case Against Obama.” Coyote’s piece is titled “The Progressive Case For Obama.”

When the Big Debate Is Over Taxes, Progressives Have Lost

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Ever since Governor Romney’s comment about writing off the 47 percent of households who don’t pay federal income tax became public, news stories and opinion pieces have been dominated by discussions of who does and does not pay taxes. This is great news for the one percent.

The obsession with taxes means that the one percent are playing a game that they can only win.

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