POLITICS

Trump, Reagan, and Republican Party Racism

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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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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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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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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Policing Nationality

Policing Nationality

As much as national security should be a priority for our administration, I am sick and tired and upset that this is unrelentingly utilized as a warrant for such blatantly discriminatory and hurtful measures. H.B. 158 is based on ethnicity and national origin – arbitrary factors that are largely beyond one’s own control.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally demanding presidential action to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Sanders will run to Hillary Clinton's left, trying to elevate economic issues.

Recalibrating Progressivism

Today’s American Left should view Sanders’ embrace of the United States’ populist-progressive tradition with a degree of skepticism. Though such a movement has the potential to gain mass support in an era of socioeconomic stratification not seen since the Gilded Age, Sanders’ populist politics should temper his supporters’ excitement regarding the “revolutionary” potential of his attempted crusade. Populism has simply disappointed too often throughout American history, failing to ever fundamentally change the system it has sought to challenge.