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How I Escaped Being A Right-Wing Extremist

When I was young, I was taught that liberals and Democrats were brainwashed and trained to ignore the truths about what was really going on in America. Arguing with a liberal was a complete waste of time, my dad would say. No child should be taught that the only options in this life are to “hate or be hated.”

February 10, 2017
At the Rolling Thunder rally in Washington DC with Donald Trump

Review: Listen, Liberals! And Hear The Political Rage Of America’s Dispossessed

The clash of deeply felt racial and class grievances, compounded by cultural wounds on both sides of the identity divide, is crowding out the progressive brand of populism that America once had and so sorely needs.

November 6, 2016

The Paradox Of Fundamentalism

In battling extreme religious orthodoxy, liberal secularists will be more successful if they embrace a certain wariness of their own orthodoxies.

June 4, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘The Religion Of Democracy: Seven Liberals And The American Moral Tradition’

Amy Kittelstrom’s new book, The Religion of Democracy, unpacks the knotty history of the liberalism’s relationship to American cultural, intellectual, and political life.

April 26, 2015

The Left Is Building A Movement Of Movements To Pressure Hillary

In the absence of a genuine challenger to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — in the absence, most particularly, of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy — a sort of movement of leftist movements has emerged to bring pressure on the presumptive nominee.

April 9, 2015

An Exciting Democracy Movement Arises In Chicago

Meet the progressive movement that’s shaking up with Windy City.

February 18, 2015

Obama: Damn The Torpedoes

President Obama has finally decided to deal with the GOP he has, not the one he wants.

January 21, 2015
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) and his father former governor Mario Cuomo on February 4, 2013 in New York City

The Conscience Of Mario Cuomo

There will never be another politician like the late New York governor.

January 5, 2015

Where Goes The Neighborhood?

WASHINGTON — Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Now, “being ‘neighborly’ means leaving those around you in peace.” Or think about reSTART, the nation’s first […]

August 11, 2014

De Blasio, Unbowed

NEW YORK — To say that Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. But de Blasio offers no apologies for waging war on economic inequality, for […]

April 21, 2014

Poll: Millennial Generation Less Religious, More Liberal Than Older Ones

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves “patriotic” and significantly more liberal than older generations, new research shows. Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely […]

March 7, 2014

Obama’s Unfulfilled Challenge

WASHINGTON — Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chávez and wants to seize dictatorial control. This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, […]

February 24, 2014

The Lost Art Of Tough Liberalism

WASHINGTON — Can you be a tough liberal who also knows how to work with the other side? Can you be unwavering in trying to lift the wages of the low-paid, bring health coverage to the uninsured, equalize educational opportunities and protect the environment — and still compromise enough to get all these things done? […]

January 16, 2014