In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward -- not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far right, but still the party is moving further left than a generation or even an election or two ago. The stunning rise of Bernie Sanders, who proclaims himself both a democratic socialist and a ...Read more
This week marked the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country's very richest and most reactionary figures -- modern heirs to those "malefactors of great wealth" condemned by the great Republican Theodore Roosevelt -- so it is worth recalling the false promise made by ...Read more
Exactly what does Ted Cruz mean when he sneers about "New York values" as a reason to reject Donald Trump? Disparaging New York has long been a favorite trope for reactionary loudmouths, always with an ugly undertone of bigotry against racial, ethnic, religious and, more recently, sexual minorities.
Demagogues denigrating New York come and go...Read more
Much as the world must hope that the governments assembled in Paris achieve their objectives, at the very least they have provided an occasion for business leaders of all descriptions to announce their commitment to climate sanity. With sponsorships, pledges and official statements, a long list of major corporations has declared that man-made ...Read more
When France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after last Friday's attacks in Paris, "nous sommes en guerre" -- we are at war -- there could be no doubt that the rest of the civilized world, including the United States and NATO, will stand beside our oldest ally in a common struggle to extirpate the barbaric ISIS.
But as this conflict deepens...Read more
Imagine for a moment that the purpose of a presidential debate is to elucidate policy differences on matters of concern to American voters -- instead of engaging the leading Democrats in still more boring babble about Hillary Clinton's email habits or Bernie Sanders' socialist sympathies.
What might a moderator ask, if she is seeking ...Read more