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January 16-23, 2017, Issue
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Progressive Values Don’t Stop at the Water’s Edge
Our foreign-policy alternative should be based on people’s actual concerns, not the made-up “crises” Washington think tanks cook up.
How American Exceptionalism Has Undermined Foreign Policy
End-of-history triumphalism will get us nowhere as the new century advances.
The Importance of Diplomacy in a World of Multiple Power Centers
None of the major powers have the capacity to overrule the others, but each has the ability to frustrate the designs of rivals.
Michael T. Klare
American Foreign Policy Has an Empathy Problem
We need to understand the perspectives of important actors clearly enough to calculate the likely consequences of our actions.
How Progressives Can Change Middle East Policy
We must seek a stable balance of power, not coercive dominance.
Hillary Mann Leverett
America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War
This is what a non-imperial, truly internationalist foreign policy would look like.
The Democratization of US Foreign Policy
It’s the only way to stop a dangeous imperialist tradition.
Jeffrey D. Sachs
The 2016 Progressive Honor Roll
Yes, it’s been an awful year. But the untold story is that grassroots activists have actually frequently prevailed.
Trump Is Capitalizing on the Anxiety Caused by the End of Steady Employment
Liberals should speak to workers’ experience of precarity.
Declassify the Evidence of Russian Hacking!
The debate over possible intervention in the election should be based on publicly disclosed evidence, not unverifiable, anonymous leaks.
Normalizing Denial: Trump, Tillerson, and Climate Reality
A political culture that can accommodate Exxon’s climate denial is a political culture ripe for Trump.
You Might Not Be in the Mood to Give. But This Is When Your Support Is Needed Most.
Government support for the needy will get scarcer—so your holiday donations will be more important than ever.
Books and the Arts
Polanyi In Our Times
What the Austro-Hungarian economic theorist tells us about the upheavals of our age.
Light and Love From Year-End Movies
Retrieve what you like, during these darkest weeks of a very dark year.
Ellen Cantor’s Perpetual Revisions
The artist’s final film tested her belief that love could be stronger than the will to power.
Letters From the January 16-23, 2017, Issue
Reading the future in the past… Onward?… Data matters… An old debate, renewed…
Puzzle No. 3418
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto