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.
With persistence and strong convictions, insurgents can change a political party. Galvanized by the war and disgusted with weak-spined party leaders, rank-and-file Democrats may at last be ready to bite back.
Among the sweetest victories of 2005: Social Security reform has been blocked, pressure to withdraw from Iraq is growing and progressive activists are making progress on local, state and national issues.
George W. Bush's plan to privatize Social Security is dead, thanks to a
remarkable mobilization by progressive groups. Much can be learned from
the way The Campaign for America's Future, labor unions, MoveOn.org and
others worked together to inform citizens and arouse opposition to the
Progressive groups that mobilized for the 2004 elections are
now dismissed as failures. But though they were unable to defeat Bush,
grassroots activists are creating waves across the country. They may be
the ticket to Republican defeat and the creation of a new movement.
With his campaign to eradicate poverty in America, John Edwards has
shed his Clinton Lite image. But to truly redefine the Democratic party
and win the 2008 presidency, he has a long way to go.