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Election politics today are little more than advertising. But it wasn't always that way. 

Irving Kristol's book reveals he's no democrat with a lowercase "d" either.

Drawing on his past as a Trotskyite, Irving Kristol states his case for capitalism--but cautiously.

Fred Rodell is largely forgotten these days, but as the "bad boy of American legal academia" he inspired several generations of Yale Law School students to think differently about their chosen profession. Sidney Zion was one of them.

Sidney Zion celebrates the courage and independence of the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

Roy Cohn was one of the most loathsome characters in American history, so why did he have so many influential friends?

Clarence Darrow may have embarrassed him at the Scopes trial, but William Jennings Bryan will long be remembered as one of the country's greatest progressive crusaders.

Jesse James may have been a robber and a thief, but at least he was a member in good standing of his church.

Yes, Virginia, this is an endorsement of Herbert Hoover
in The Nation.

What do Lindbergh Sr.'s leftist politics tell us about his son's character and courage?

Blogs

The first page, from 1960s, says Vidal made disparaging remarks about J. Edgar Hoover.

July 29, 2013

Protecting freedom does not mean shielding a market from restrictions—it means fighting for economic justice and equality. 

November 5, 2012

Upton Sinclair led one of the greatest mass movements in US history, and his political career has a lot to teach us about politics today.

October 12, 2010

Stephen Ambrose said he spent hundreds of hours interviewing Ike. The Eisenhower library says he didn't.

April 20, 2010

Martin Luther King's words in 1967 are still relevant to today's war, as the Wikileaks tape shows.

April 7, 2010

 Organized labor takes on Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln in a pair of new ads.

April 5, 2010

Howard Zinn, my hero, teacher, and friend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 87. With his death, we lose a man who did nothing less than rewrite the narrative of the United States. We lose a historian who also made history.

January 28, 2010

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's historic "I have a dream" speech. He was inaugurated the day after our national holiday celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. Many asked if Obama's presidency was the realization of King's dream. Cultural products, from t-shirts to YouTube videos, linked Obama's election to King's legacy.

January 17, 2010