Gary Younge, the Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the New York correspondent for the Guardian and the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream (Haymarket). His previous books include Who Are We—And Should it Matter in the 21st Century? (Nation Books), Stranger in a Strange Land: Travels in the Disunited States (New Press), and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South (Mississippi).
Disappointment is one thing American liberals can be certain of. Optimism is the real challenge.
Europeans haven't stopped looking for alternatives to capitalism.
Marginal extremist voices are amplified by the right-wing echo chamber.
It takes considerable skill to convince people that something that is clearly good for them--like universal healthcare--is not.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s arrest most certainly was a "teachable moment" in the racial conversation--but we've learned nothing.
New Labour is finished. What replaces it will certainly be worse.
Imagine, if you will, a white-collar CEO version of the TV show Cops. Roll cameras. Send up the chopper.
The global depression is spawning social unrest, which the extreme right might try to hijack--a good reason for the left to be well organized and engaged.
When the government is organizing a movement to back the government in the name of progressive politics, something is seriously awry.
Coming to terms with a black American not as a symbol of protest, but as a symbol of power.