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.
Since the 1970s Republican conservatives have been the dominant
political force on American campuses. But groups like Campus
Progress, better groomed and better organized than their
predecessors, are pushing back.
The time is ripe for progressives to revitalize the state of our union:
Americans are ready to undo the damage of the Bush era and turn to
a just and peaceful future.
Jack Gordon, "the unabashedly liberal conscience of Florida's State
Senate," was chosen majority leader at a time when his politics should have made
him an anathema. His fight against discrimination and his involvement in state politics helped
many powerless Floridians.
To take back the nation in the post-Bush era, start thinking now about some bold but plausible progressive reforms, from universal health insurance to free daycare and a shorter work week.