Conservativism Progressives Regressives

Talking with a Trump supporter

I went into Seattle on Sunday to attend Elizabeth Warren’s campaign event at Seattle Center. I ended up standing next to a 67 year old man from Florida who had gone on a cruise to Alaska and was killing time before his return flight. He said he’s voting for Trump in 2020 and came to […]

Bernie Sanders Progressives Socialism

Bernie Sanders, please stop calling yourself a socialist. You’re a social democrat!

Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist. But he’s not a socialist at all. Noam Chomsky and Cornel West say that Sanders is a social democrat and a New Dealer. See Bernie Sanders is NEITHER a Socialist nor a Democratic Socialist and What does Sanders mean by ‘democratic socialism’?. Professor Frances Fox Piven, the honorary […]

Donald Trump Politics Progressives Race and Racism

Vladimir Putin Says Liberalism Has ‘Become Obsolete’

In an interview with Financial Times Vladimir Putin says liberalism has ‘become obsolete’. The Russian leader made the statement before he left for the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. He claimed that liberalism is in conflict with “the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population…” According to BBC News, Premier Putin also stated that multiculturalism is “no […]

Marketing Media Messaging Progressives

Loss of Progressive US Media Voices – There Is An Alternative! By Mark Taylor-Canfield

I just heard the news that yet another progressive voice will be leaving the US media due to lack of financial support: The Norman Goldman Show is ceasing operations as of Feb 22nd. I have been a regular contributor/guest on the show for several years and Norm has been one of my mentors. I’m getting […]

Accountability Progressives

Looking back at Nader and Stein

In 2000, starry-eyed Nader supporters rejected ardent environmentalist Al Gore and helped elect George W Bush, the worst (or second worst) president in American history. The Nader supporters thought Gore was the “lesser-of-two-evils.” Similarly, in 2016 starry-eyed Stein supporters refused to vote for centrist Democrat Hillary Clinton. Yes, she was a neocon. But Hillary was […]

Democrats Progressives Repugs Uncategorized

Repugs, Dumbs, and Dumbers: a rant

If you have half a brain and half a conscience you know that most Republican politicians promote repugnant policies that increase inequality, bankrupt the economy, destroy the environment, and promote militarism. They lie, distort and resort to racism, xenophobia, dirty tricks and criminal activity.  They put children in cages. They antagonize our allies and cozy […]

Bernie Sanders Progressives Socialism Uncategorized

Socialism, even democratic socialism, is quite different from progressivism

Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist. So does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, defeating incumbent Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in a major upset victory. The odd thing is: are they really democratic socialists? Do they even know what democratic socialism is? There is evidence […]

Economic Inequality Economic Justice Environment Progressives Race and Racism

Choose your battles wisely

I saw a facebook post that was encouraging overturning of I-200 (the voter-approved initiative which prohibits affirmative action and similar racial preferences). I support over-turning I-200 but that’s not my highest priority. My highest priorities are economic inequality and environmental justice. As I commented on the post, many people think the bill is of mixed […]

Progressives

Origins and purpose of some progressive advocacy groups

When presidential campaigns have done strong issue advocacy, they have often continued on after the campaigns themselves are over. Pick a few to get involved with now. Rainbow Coalition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow/PUSH The granddaddy of them all, the Rainbow Coalition grew out of the 1984 Jesse Jackson presidential campaign, back when your only organizing tools were direct […]