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The Sanders Offensive

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

Elections Live Blog: Super Tuesday Edition

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

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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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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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