Rick Perry at the Texas GOP convention in 2014
July 22, 2014 | Perspectives

In its official 2014 platform for Texas, the GOP has gone for the chimerical bucket list of the extreme right instead of trying out real solutions to address real problems. Continue reading

The Game of Village,
July 20, 2014 | Perspectives

Children at a unique day-camp program called ‘The Game of Village’ all over the country are learning how to be real and effective citizens. They give us some hope for the future. Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 19, 2014 | Perspectives

Conservative members of the House Budget Committee showed up at a recent hearing on poverty to preach what they think they already know about people living in poverty. Continue reading

Bill de Blasio at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

In order to better the economic lot of their constituency, Democrats should do something they haven’t really contemplated, and have consistently avoided, since the 1930s: taking a side, with all that entails, in a class war. Continue reading

Lyndon Johnson at a Democratic rally in New York
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

The author of Dog Whistle Politics argues that naturalistic assumptions about race mislead liberals in their effort to fathom race’s astringent power, shifting the focus from social dynamics to inherited essences.
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An inmate at the Mule Creek State Prison sits on his bunk bed in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners in Ione, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
July 17, 2014 | Perspectives

The for-profit prison industry is plagued by problems, but dodgy “research” and a pile of lobbying dollars keeps it growing. Continue reading

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, in coronation robes, 1775 (Photo: Wiki Commons)
July 15, 2014 | Perspectives

Globalizing capitalism and its new extremes — rising prices and wealth inequalities — has a remarkable historical parallel in the events of the 16th century. Should modern-day capitalists be guarding the Bastille? Continue reading

The Supreme Court Building at night. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/ Slowking)
July 15, 2014 | Perspectives

Throughout American history, the Supreme Court largely has failed at its most important tasks of enforcing the Constitution and protecting the rights of minorities. Continue reading

A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flies as the sun sets over the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. A Marine died Monday from wounds sustained from enemy action in Iraq's western Anbar province, which brought to 61 the number of American military personnel killed in Iraq in December. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
July 14, 2014 | Perspectives

By many measures, the US may be the wealthiest, most powerful nation, but its ability to accomplish anything, no less achieve national or imperial success, has shrunk drastically. Continue reading

Zyheira Scroggins, 9, left, and Camaria Gray, 9, using the computer lab at the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) after-school center in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
July 12, 2014 | Perspectives

Preserving Net neutrality is important because we need to make sure the technology wonder of our age works for all our citizens. It’s about opportunity, free expression, civic engagement and limiting corporate power. It’s about democracy and how we sustain it. Continue reading

Tianna Gaines-Turner watches as her twin toddlers Marques, left, and Marianna Turner (at the time, both only one year old) have juice, Feb. 26, 2009, at their home in Philadelphia, PA. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
July 11, 2014 | Perspectives

Tianna Gaines-Turner has been struggling to feed her family for years. She testified before Congress this week. Continue reading

In this Wednesday July 9, 2014 photo, Iraqi refugee children from Mosul stay at a temporary camp for refugees who fled from Mosul and other towns outside Irbil, northern Iraq, nearly a month after Islamic militants took over the country's second largest city. (AP Photo)
July 11, 2014 | Perspectives

Americans’ insular reaction to a relatively small number of desperate children showing up at our doorstep reveals a crisis of compassion and human empathy. Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gestures as he speaks, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 to a joint meeting of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches and the Palm Beach County Bar Association at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla
July 11, 2014 | Perspectives

Justice Samuel Alito, who has in a series of recent decisions diminished the rights of women in the workplace, has an unblemished record as the most committed partisan on the Court. Continue reading

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, make statements introducing Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., seated at left, to the committee during his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state, replacing Clinton, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 10, 2014 | Perspectives

There is a broad agreement on what might be called a “populist lite” agenda, but that’s where the consensus ends. Continue reading

Timothy Geithner walks with President Obama. He has taken a job as president of private-equity firm Warburg Pincus
July 9, 2014 | Perspectives

Hopefully the president’s words will lead to much-needed action. Continue reading

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