• The Arduous Task of Self-Creation

    CULTURE, THE BUBBLE

    The Arduous Task of Self-Creation

    The words and wisdom of Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies.

  • By Endorsing Ted Strickland, Obama Broke his Promise on Gun Control

    POLITICS

    By Endorsing Ted Strickland, Obama Broke his Promise on Gun Control

    President Obama’s pledge to not endorse any candidates who do not support gun control was embraced by progressives the nation over, but in Ohio, his decision to back former Governor Ted Strickland has caused some to question his sincerity on the issue.

  • The Sanders Offensive

    POLITICS

    The Sanders Offensive

    The Democratic primary race isn’t a struggle between competing theories of change. It is instead a struggle between competing visions—one defensive, the other offensive—of how the Democratic Party should respond to the historical moment in which we find ourselves today. U.S. political discourse has moved consistently rightward over the past few decades, during which evangelical Christian and libertarian conservatism have thrived as New-Deal-era progressivism has effectively disappeared from mainstream politics.

  • Elections Live Blog: Super Tuesday Edition

    POLITICS

    Elections Live Blog: Super Tuesday Edition

    The Progressive writers and editors take on Super Tuesday in the ongoing story of Elections 2016

  • Trump, Reagan, and Republican Party Racism

    POLITICS

    Trump, Reagan, and Republican Party Racism

    Trump’s mastery of the twenty-four-hour news cycle is only one part of the story of his success. The other part is his campaign’s reading of the white American electorate as driven not by economic, cultural, or religious concerns, but by deep-seated racism.

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A Letter from the Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil

A Letter from the Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil

Here at ExxonMobil, we’re proud to say that we have 37 refineries in 21 countries around the world. As a result, we take our global citizenship seriously. That’s why today, I’m thrilled to announce that ExxonMobil will become a part of the solution to climate change by installing solar panels […]

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3 Really Weird Quirks of Political Language in the US

3 Really Weird Quirks of Political Language in the US

Orwell, in his essay, ‘Politics and the English Language’ bemoans the fact that political language consists “largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” This is a consequence of hiding the true meaning of statements to avoid visible contradictions (between the aims and actions of parties), and in general, to hide negative content. However, the decadence of political language has increased since Orwell.

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Progressivism and Feminism: Works in Progress

Progressivism and Feminism: Works in Progress

The Vagina Monologues—especially for women, hopefully for men and anyone else along the spectrum—is an introspective, awe-inspiring, intense theatrical production, and one that is famous for an important reason. To start with, the show makes the performers say vagina (a lot). But it also offers some deep insights. After seeing […]

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Clinton, Sanders, and Theories of Change

Clinton, Sanders, and Theories of Change

The relatively few policy disagreements tend to arise from a Sanders and Clinton have both noted that either of their administrations would be leaps and bounds better than a Republican president. By these facts, this nomination process should have been restrained and relatively uneventful. Why, then, is this primary season such a divisive one?

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A Progressive Free Trade

A Progressive Free Trade

“Senator Bernie Sanders has a free-trade problem or, more accurately, a problem with free trade. ” Is Sanders’ opposition to agreements like the TPP a sign of progressivism, or simple-minded economic protectionism?

A Primary Race Race Primer

A Primary Race Race Primer

But regardless of who comes out on top with the nomination, the coming effort to win over black and latinx voters is likely to push both candidates to develop more substantive and progressive pitches on issues of criminal justice and mass incarceration. Below, a brief primer on the candidates’ history with criminal justice issues, where they stand now, and where we can expect things to go.

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Call it what it is: Apartheid Walls in the West Bank and Mexico

Proponents of either/both wall(s) justify the barriers as means of providing security, curbing immigration, and protecting lives. But that is the myth that uses “security” as the pretext for the tearing apart of families and shattering any hopes of a future for Palestinians. These walls must come down.

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A Statement in Solidarity with Professor Imani Perry from the Black Justice League

A Statement in Solidarity with Professor Imani Perry from the Black Justice League

We denounce those who vilify Professor Perry and seek to invalidate her experiences. We are enraged about the structures, policies, and practices that make her experience—and that of countless Black people—possible. And we are proud to stand with Professor Imani Perry.

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Elections Live Blog: New Hampshire

Elections Live Blog: New Hampshire

Progressive editors and staff writers weigh in on the New Hampshire Primary

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