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The radical ideas of one generation become the common sense of the next. Here, Peter Dreier honors the people who moved progressive ideas in America from the marginal to the mainstream.

The radical ideas of one generation become the common sense of the next. Here, Peter Dreier honors the people who moved progressive ideas in America from the marginal to the mainstream.

Let's get a grip: the left isn't going to win every 24-hour news cycle. And that shouldn't be our goal.

Why a progressive presidency is impossible, for now.

The left's hope lies in reviving the tradition of speaking in credible, urgent, moral ways about policies to aid the great majority.

The role of the left should not be to uphold or defend a government increasingly at odds with the interests of the people, but to change it, drastically and from the ground up.

When politics is driven by the need to turn out your base and policy is dominated by the desire to cater to that base, our baser instincts come to the fore.

The forces stacked against progressive change must not prevent the left from continually fighting for new levels of democratization and social justice.

How do progressives meet the challenge of a daunting midterm election while also laying the ground work for a bolder agenda? TakeAction Minnesota made progressive governing, not Election Day wins, at the forefront of their organizing.

Nine reasons Democrats should embrace immigration reform this year.

Blogs

The new public advocate says she’ll “call out” anyone who stands in the way of progress. That includes the new mayor.

January 3, 2014

Will 2014 be the year of the liberal moment?

January 3, 2014

Everybody loves the former president. But he was no De Blasio Democrat.

January 2, 2014

The mayor-elect is getting pressure to include more blacks and Latinos among his appointments.

 

December 30, 2013

Forget what the talking heads tell you: our current mayor was often a lot more, and often a lot less, than just a manager.

December 28, 2013

The mayor-elect's calls on behalf of Mark-Viverito have infuriated county Democratic chairmen, who back another candidate.

December 18, 2013

If you’re a liberal, a politician working to deny his constituents government-subsidized healthcare is immoral. If you’re a conservative, it’s the most moral thing in the world.

December 7, 2013

The BDS movement is having a powerful impact in Israel, but there are dangers in applying boycotts to academia.

December 6, 2013

The independent senator is a reluctant prospect. But he says the times demand a progressive alternative to politics as usual.

November 19, 2013

Progressives are waging fights within the Democratic Party, and they’re gaining ground.

November 12, 2013