What’s Happening on the Left Is No Excuse for What’s Happening on the Right

Illiberalism is a problem wherever it rears its head. 

#conservatism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

In Africa, Dealing With Vaccine Challenges and the Omicron Variant

Vaccine shortages and skepticism, and rewarding countries for discovering variants. Also: Happiness and politics; unwanted children; beware of psychedelics.

#abortion, #africa, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #happiness, #liberalism-us-politics, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

How Liberals Can Be Happier

They can embrace social institutions like family, religion and local civic organizations. 

#conservatism-us-politics, #families-and-family-life, #happiness, #liberalism-us-politics, #research, #united-states

‘Woke’ Went the Way of ‘P.C.’ and ‘Liberal’

Progressives can still fall back on ‘progressive.’

#democratic-party, #english-language, #internal-sub-only-nl, #liberalism-us-politics, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

Critical Race Theory: Discuss

Are progressives censoring themselves where it counts the most?

#california, #critical-race-theory, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #equity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #karens, #liberalism-us-politics, #race-and-ethnicity, #wokeness

The Virginia Election Shows Why Democrats Are in Trouble

The election in Virginia is more than just a reflection on Biden’s failures.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #censorship, #critical-race-theory, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #elections-governors, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcauliffe-terry, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia, #youngkin-glenn-a

The Self-Isolation of the American Left

Political subcultures fight it out in America’s schools.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #liberalism-us-politics, #progressivism, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #united-states

The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening

The things that are driving us apart are going to keep driving us apart. 

#american-civil-liberties-union, #conservatism-us-politics, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #liberalism-us-politics, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals. Discuss.

New research raises as many question as it answers. 

#conservatism-us-politics, #emotions, #happiness, #liberalism-us-politics, #psychology-and-psychologists, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Viktor Orban Effect: Why U.S. Conservatives Love Hungary

Some U.S. conservatives are taking a cue from Prime Minister Viktor Orban — how to use the power of the state to win the culture wars.

#ahmari-sohrab, #american-affairs-journal, #american-conservative-the-magazine, #carlson-tucker, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #content-type-personal-profile, #dreher-rod, #fidesz-party, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #immigration-and-emigration, #liberalism-us-politics, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pramila Jayapal Won’t Let the Biden Presidency Fail

In the infrastructure negotiations, the leader of the House progressive caucus has shown a willingness to play hardball.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-progressive-caucus, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Democrats Can Save Themselves

Liberals need to go beyond what polls well.  

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #shor-david-1991, #trump-donald-j

Cheer Up, Liberals. You Have the America You Wanted.

America in 2021 is the country that liberals in the Bush era pined for.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #two-thousands-decade, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cancel Culture: Are We Overreacting?

Readers mostly disagree with a column by Michelle Goldberg that suggests that we are, and she responds to their critiques.

#censorship, #colleges-and-universities, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #goldberg-michelle-1975, #liberalism-us-politics, #the-chair-tv-program

Biden Pulls Back on Infrastructure Bill, Tying It to Social Policy Measure

After pressing toward a vote, Democratic leaders accepted “reality” that the bill could not pass before a broad climate change and safety net measure comes together.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #global-warming, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Charles W. Mills, a Great Philosopher We Lost This Week

A tribute to Charles W. Mills.

#black-people, #charles-w-mills, #internal-sub-only, #liberalism-us-politics, #philosophy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

The Cancel Culture Panic and Middle-Aged Sadness

It’s painful to feel repelled by the sensibilities of the young.

#academic-freedom, #applebaum-anne, #atlantic-the-magazine, #censorship, #colleges-and-universities, #economist-the, #labor-and-jobs, #liberalism-us-politics, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media, #the-chair-tv-program, #youth

What the College Tenure Fight Is Really About

It’s a proxy for a larger debate about the meaning of academic freedom and the priorities of higher education.

#academic-freedom, #american-assn-of-university-professors, #colleges-and-universities, #conservatism-us-politics, #education, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #labor-and-jobs, #liberalism-us-politics, #tenure

The Economic Mistake Democrats Are Finally Confronting

The left needs to think as much about supply as it does about demand. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #income, #inflation-economics, #liberalism-us-politics, #niskanen-center, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

When Dictators Find God

We’re in an era of post-religious holy wars.

#autocracy, #china, #christians-and-christianity, #democracy, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #religion, #united-states

One Thing We Can Agree on Is That We’re Becoming a Different Country

Tolerance and intolerance are taking on many different guises.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #florida-richard, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haidt-jonathan, #kaufmann-eric-1970, #liberalism-us-politics, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #rodden-jonathan, #social-media, #sunstein-cass-r, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

The Right-Wingers Who Admire the Taliban

For some reactionaries, a victory over “liberalism” is something to gloat about.

#afghanistan, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states

How Did a Socialist Triumph in Buffalo?

The backlash against defund-the-police didn’t stop India Walton.

#adams-eric-l, #buffalo-ny, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-mayors, #liberalism-us-politics, #mayors, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #socialism-theory-and-philosophy, #walton-india-b

The Left Needs the A.C.L.U. to Keep Defending Awful Speech

Yes, the civil liberties group is divided. What else is new?

#american-civil-liberties-union, #censorship, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #cole-david-d, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #liberalism-us-politics, #neo-nazi-groups, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #skokie-ill

Is Wokeness ‘Kryponite for Democrats’?

Republicans sure seem to think so. They are not alone. 

#black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #liberalism-us-politics, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Attacks on Jews Over Israel Are a Gift to the Right

On the crisis of anti-Semitic violence.

#anti-defamation-league, #anti-semitism, #hate-crimes, #israel, #liberalism-us-politics, #palestinians, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zionism

Republicans Move to Limit a Grass-Roots Tradition of Direct Democracy

Through ballot initiatives, voters in red states have defied legislators’ wishes and produced liberal outcomes in recent years. Republicans want to make the practice harder, or even eliminate it.

#constitutional-amendments, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #referendums, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

How the Storming of the Capitol Became a ‘Normal Tourist Visit’

Insurrection? What insurrection?

#cheney-liz, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #liberalism-us-politics, #mccarthy-kevin-1965, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is Capitalism Killing Conservatism?

The conservative responses to stagnation and decay are incoherent and insufficient. But do liberals have any?

#capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #conservatism-us-politics, #europe, #huxley-aldous, #liberalism-us-politics, #social-conditions-and-trends, #united-states

Did Trump Make Everything Progressive?

His presidency pushed American institutions to the left. But they were moving that way anyway.

#metoo-movement, #central-intelligence-agency, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Race and the Coming Liberal Crackup

Our racialized politics will produce a conservative resurgence. 

#bryant-makhia, #chauvin-derek-1976, #chicago-ill, #floyd-george-d-2020, #liberalism-us-politics, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #reardon-nicholas-columbus-ohio-police-officer

The Two Crises of Conservatism

The G.O.P. doesn’t know how to win majorities; the right doesn’t know what it’s conserving anymore.

#conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

The G.O.P. Is Getting Even Worse

Trumpians are having a venomous panic attack.

#conservatism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Corporations of the World, Unite!

The internal contradictions of “woke capitalism” are a mixed blessing for the Democratic Party.

#conservatism-us-politics, #corporate-social-responsibility, #corporations, #democratic-party, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcconnell-mitch, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

Can Biden Be Our F.D.R.?

President Biden wants to change the trajectory of the country. He’s off to a good start.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #liberalism-us-politics, #new-deal-1930s, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Teacher Marched to the Capitol. When She Got Home, the Fight Began.

Kristine Hostetter was a beloved fourth-grade teacher. Then came the pandemic, the election and the Jan. 6 riot in Washington.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #california, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hostetter-alan, #hostetter-kristine, #john-birch-society, #liberalism-us-politics, #orange-county-calif, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #rohrabacher-dana, #san-clemente-calif, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

‘Babylon Berlin,’ Babylon America?

How watching a TV show about Weimar Germany can help us interpret our own era.

#berlin-germany, #hitler-adolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #television, #trump-donald-j, #weimar-germany

We Can See the Left. We Can See the Right. Is There Still a Center?

If it’s gone, the consequences are enormous.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Liberals Grow Impatient With Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

Liberals Grow Impatient With President Biden’s Foreign Policy Decisions

A recent endorsement of his Iran policy from Jared Kushner inflamed frustrations among Democratic allies calling for bolder action abroad.

#blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kushner-jared, #liberalism-us-politics, #mcgurk-brett-h, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #sanders-bernard, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Wants No Part of the Culture War the G.O.P. Loves

The generosity of his $1.9 trillion relief bill has the added benefit of shifting attention where he wants it.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #center-for-american-progress, #democratic-party, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #liberalism-us-politics, #polls-and-public-opinion, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #whites

America Could Use a Liberal Party

The new division in politics isn’t between liberals and conservatives. It’s between liberals and illiberals.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #illiberalism, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #third-party-politics-us, #trump-donald-j

Joe Biden Knew He Was Onto Something Long Before We Did

The advent of Covid-19 changed his conception of the presidency for the better.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-depression-1930s, #liberalism-us-politics, #poverty, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Reach People Who Are Wrong

In the post-Trump era, research suggests the best ways to win people over.

#books-and-literature, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #grant-adam-m, #intelligence-and-intelligence-tests-iq, #liberalism-us-politics, #north-america, #philosophy, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

The House That Rush Limbaugh Built

How Rush Limbaugh broke the liberal hegemony in broadcast media.

#conservatism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #limbaugh-rush, #news-and-news-media, #radio

What Should Drive Biden’s Foreign Policy?

The fiery Cold War liberalism of Hubert Humphrey provides a guide on how to act, abroad and at home.

#americans-for-democratic-action, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #humphrey-hubert-h-jr, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #truman-harry-s, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The First Post-Reagan Presidency

So far, Joe Biden has been surprisingly progressive.

#a-promised-land-book, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bernstein-jared, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #emanuel-rahm, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #food-stamps, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #house-of-representatives, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #khanna-ro, #leftism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #minimum-wage, #national-debt-us, #new-deal-1930s, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #progressivism-us-politics, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #skowronek-stephen, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #warren-elizabeth

Democrats Should Act Like They Won the Election

What was the point of putting together a majority in the Senate if they weren’t going to wield it?

#collins-susan-m, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #manchin-joe-iii, #rayburn-sam, #romney-mitt, #sinema-kyrsten, #united-states-politics-and-government

Avoiding the Obama-Era Silence Trap

Democrats must rethink their usual strategy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #liberalism-us-politics, #obama-barack, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

Joe Biden’s Catholic Moment

The new president elevates a liberal Catholicism that once seemed destined to fade away.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #john-paul-ii, #liberalism-us-politics, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states