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Barack Obama talks a great progressive game. But his record so far shows he has a proven ability to mix charisma with deference to the establishment.

The grassroots organization Progressive Majority has a modest ambition: Take over state and national politics by 2010. Welcome to the left-wing conspiracy.

Given the scope of conservative ruin, how do progressives seize the day? Start by challenging entrenched interests and ideology, and support candidates and causes while curbing the interests of big money.

In order to reclaim "values" from the right wing, progressives must frame the electoral debate in terms everyone can support: freedom, opportunity, security and responsibility.

In praise of three giants of American liberalism: John Kenneth Galbraith, Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg and the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr.

While John Kenneth Galbraith was good at pointing out the failures of the free
enterprise system, he could never overcome the play-to-win mentality
of American capitalism.

Where are the progressive religious leaders who can fill the shoes of William Sloane Coffin?

The secular left consistently disarms itself of what could be its most powerful weapon against the religious right: a spiritual vision of the world.

Progressive religious leaders should be sensitive to the danger that unexamined God-based public policy presents, whether it comes from the right or the left.

Todd Gitlin uses patriotism to wallop the radical left in The
Intellectuals and the Flag
.

Blogs

A higher minimum wage, better jobs, universal pre-K are the issues that will bring out core voters for the midterms.

March 17, 2014

Vermont independent wants to talk to progressives about a 2016 run, about whether to do so as a Democrat. “If I run,” he says, “my job…is to build the kind of coalition that can win—that can transform politics.”

March 6, 2014

The return of the left-wing fantasy that there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans.

March 3, 2014

Are Alec Baldwin and Bill Maher right about the network?

February 28, 2014

De Blasio wants mayors to turn up the heat on members of Congress who ignore cities.

January 23, 2014

Restauranteur and activist Andy Shallal is making a long shot bid for DC mayor. 

January 22, 2014

The mayor’s move will extend paid sick days to hundreds of thousands of workers—an old fashioned form of economic justice in an era when “innovation” is the buzzword.

January 21, 2014

Here it is fourteen days into the Bill de Blasio mayoralty, and we’re still talking about a tax plan that was supposedly “dead on arrival” even before the Democratic primary back in September.

 

January 14, 2014

Part of their program is to reform how council authority is wielded. How will that affect Bill de Blasio's agenda?

 

January 9, 2014

To carry out its ambitious progressive agenda, the de Blasio administration needs focus on sustained citizen engagement.

January 8, 2014