When Things Fall Apart

By Kristin Miller | August 16, 2017 | Democracy & Government

It's just happened again. Someone has fled the White House. This time under her own volition. The CEO of Campbell's Soup, Denise Morrison, stepped down today from Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. She was preceded a hour earlier by Inge Thulin of 3M and Richard Trumpka, president of the AFL-CIO, yesterday afternoon. After some of her co-members fled over the weekend, Morrison had initially said she'd stay on. But evidently President Trump's news conference yesterday changed her mind. She said in a statement today: Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. ... Read More

Trump Wants to Make America Great Again: But Great Like When?

A supporter wearing a hat with the Trump campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," waits for the start of a campaign rally for then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Holderness, New Hampshire, on Feb. 7, 2016. (Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

By BillMoyers.com Staff | August 16, 2017 | History

Emblazoned on his red baseball caps and bumper stickers, Donald Trump's campaign slogan — Make America Great Again — captured something in the American zeitgeist. The phrase is still a popular hashtag, #MAGA, on Twitter, and appears in the graphic of every email the Trump campaign continues to send out to supporters. Trump claims he came up with the phrase himself in 2012 and even trademarked it, but Ronald Reagan used a similar slogan in his 1980 presidential campaign: "Let's Make America Great Again." At the time, the United States was suffering an economic slowdown and Reagan invoked the slogan ... Read More

Forward to Yesteryear! The New Gilded Age

A man with a Make America Great Again Trump hat watches the proceedings from the Republican seating area at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, on Aug. 6, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By Bernard Weisberger | August 16, 2017 | History

As Democrats debate whether they should adapt some slogan snappier than “A Better Deal” to woo voters in next year’s elections, I offer one to the Republicans, based on recent legislative announcements, that should cleverly appeal to both forward-looking and conservative thinkers alike, to wit, FORWARD TO YESTERYEAR! Read More

Trump Tears Down LBJ's Great Society Piece by Piece

President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)

By Christina Greer | August 16, 2017 | Justice

Roughly two years ago, Donald Trump descended his gold-plated escalator in Trump Tower and declared that he (and he alone) would Make America Great Again. Throughout the course of his campaign and extending into his presidency, Trump has promised to undo all of the ills of the Obama era, kick out “illegals” (all of whom seem to be murderers, rapists, terrorists, job thieves or a combination thereof), and restore America to the great nation she used to be. He even promised to bring back saying “Merry Christmas." Significantly, Trump has gone out of his way to establish an election commission ... Read More

The Testosterone-Fueled Presidency

President Donald Trump gestures to a crowd gathered to watch him depart on Marine One from the White House on Aug. 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Bedminster, New Jersey for his summer break. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Neal Gabler | August 16, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Oh, those authoritarian strongmen! They are so much more masculine than we ordinary males, so much more alpha, so much more physically powerful. At 73, Mao Zedong allegedly swam the Yangtze River at a pace that would have been faster than that of Sun Yang, the 2012 Chinese 1,500-meter Olympic gold medal winner. There were even photos that claimed to document the septuagenarian’s achievement. Read More

A Working-Class Strategy for Defeating White Supremacy

Danielle Robinson (right) joins with union representatives and supporters of the striking Ultra Aviation workers in asking for better wages and health insurance plans for them at Miami International Airport on June 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Gabriel Kristal | August 16, 2017 | Society

As a seasoned union organizer, I often ask myself whether the pundits offering opinions have ever actually spent time talking to working-class people. By this, I mean all working-class people. Contrary to the narrative put forth in the mainstream — and even some left — media, some of the most significant work confronting homophobia, sexism and racism has been done by working-class people of all ethnicities through collective struggle in the labor movement. Read More

Why Colin Kaepernick Matters

Eli Harold (#58), Colin Kaepernick (#7) and Eric Reid (#35) of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest on the sidelines during the national anthem prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on Oct. 16, 2016. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

By Samuel G. Freedman | August 15, 2017 | Civil Liberties

Every year at about this time, I veer away from most of the liberal aesthetes with whom I mingle in the chattering classes. My newspaper reading and smart-phone clicking takes an unexpected detour from politics, opinion, and arts. The pro-football season is approaching, and my guilty pleasure, my second religion, must be indulged. Read More