How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State

How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist StateInstead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over. The key to avoiding fascism? An organized left with a strong vision and broad support.

Why This Dutch City Offered Refugees a Permanent Home

Why This Dutch City Offered Refugees a Permanent HomeWhen 500 refugees arrived in their community, residents of Zaandam were wary. But by the time the newcomers could apply for residency status in Europe, neighbors didn’t want them to leave.

What Is The New Administration's Border Plan For Canada?

What Is The New Administration's Border Plan For Canada?President Donald Trump has said little about the world’s longest undefended border – the one between the U.S. and Canada.

4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community Organization

4 Expert Tips on Launching a Community OrganizationCommunity groups have the power to create long-lasting change. Ioby, an organization based in New York City, New York, that works on neighborhood mobilization, recently published its "Recipes for Change" toolkit.

Rethinking The Relevance Of George Orwell’s 1984

Rethinking The Relevance Of George Orwell’s 1984In a strange but revealing way, popular culture and politics intersected soon after Donald Trump first assumed the presidency of the United States: George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, surged as the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon both in the United States and Canada.

How Brazil's Far Right Became A Dominant Political Force

How Brazil's Far Right Became A Dominant Political ForceRecent reports indicate that far-right groups from the Ukraine have come to Brazil to recruit neo-Nazis to fight against pro-Russian rebels. Western readers reacted with shock and fascination

How The US Presidency Became The Greatest Reality TV Show On Earth

How The US Presidency Became The Greatest Reality TV Show On EarthDonald Trump’s inauguration as US president will go down as one of the great spectacles of our age. While protesters have been venting their anger, his supporters have been cheering his victory.

How Progressives Can Still Make Change In The Political Climate

How Progressives Can Still Make Change In The Political ClimateDonald Trump, in his quest to “make America great again,” is poised to put in place many regressive policies that are fundamentally at odds with what are generally considered progressive values such as transparency, inclusiveness, equity, fairness and dignity for all

I Have A Dream (text & video)

I have a dream speech and video

The I Have A Dream speech is the crown jewel of the 20th century. Given before 250,000 souls on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it  is called the defining moment of the US Civil Rights movement. It is the speech by which all other great speeches must be measured. Its haunting rhythm towards the end of the speech has an almost musical sound and feel.

What Shaped Martin Luther King's Prophetic Vision?

freedom for oppressed 1 16The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The outgoing 44th president, Barack Obama, spoke of King in both his Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance and victory speeches in 2008:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - The Four Freedoms Speech

fdr 4 freedoms 1 16Roosevelt delivered this speech to Congress as a "State Of The Union" 11 months before the United States entered World War II. Memorably, in the second half of the speech, FDR lists the benefits of democracy. He lists these as Freedom Of Speech, Freedom Of Worship, Freedom From Want, and Freedom From Fear. The first two freedoms are guaranteed by the US Constitution and the last two are still in controversy to this day.

The Dangerous Normalization of Donald Trump

The Dangerous Normalization of Donald TrumpAmericans are living through the dangerous effort to normalize the abnormal candidate who won the presidency with a record popular vote deficit of nearly 3 million ballots.

2016 Was The Year The Establishment Met Its Match

2016 Was The Year The Establishment Met Its MatchIf we didn’t realize that 2016 was the year of upheaval before November 8, we certainly do now. Brexit, which seemed hard enough to digest, was merely the amuse bouche prior to the red meat of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

3 Ways Corporations Use NGOs To Influence Lawmakers

3 Ways Corporations Use NGOs To Influence LawmakersAn outdated legal structure at international organizations such as the United Nations has made it possible for corporate entities to infiltrate non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

10 Things to Prepare For A President Trump

10 Things to Prepare For A President TrumpMany Americans would not be surprised if on Jan. 20 Vladimir Putin administers the oath of office to Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan youth choir regales the inaugural crowd with a stirring rendition of “Dixie,

Lessons For Our Time From Rachel Carson

Lessons For Our Time From Rachel Carson"For many years, public-spirited citizens throughout the country have been working for the conservation of the natural resources, realizing their vital importance to the nation."

Why Small Changes From Activism Matter

Why Small Changes From Activism MatterIn 2013, an online petition persuaded a national organization representing high school coaches to develop materials to educate coaches about sexual assault and how they could help reduce assaults by their athletes

Three Essential Steps You Can Take To Save Democracy

Three Essential Steps You Can Take To Save DemocracyMany Americans remain in shock and outrage, unable to grasp how a man who told bald-faced lies, who ridiculed and defamed others, and who boasted of sexual assault could yet ascend to the presidency of the United States.

Fueling a New Collective Story by Putting Love into the Matrix

Putting Love into the Matrix: Fueling a New Collective StoryWe worry about the condition of the world we will leave to our children, while our children worry about how they will clean up the messes we will leave behind. Increasingly, people all over the globe are coming to the conclu­sion that we must make radical changes...

Why The Media Is Democracy’s Essential Reform

Why The Media Is Democracy’s Essential ReformBy now, even those who retained slight hope after the election that maybe things wouldn’t be so bad after all have shed their blinders and come to understand that we’re in for the worst of times.

The Creepiest Creeping Tyranny

he Creepiest Creeping TyrannyOn the evening of December 7, minutes after a local Indiana union leader, Chuck Jones, criticized Trump on CNN for falsely promising to keep Carrier jobs in the U.S., Trump tweeted, “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers.

Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media

Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the MediaDemocracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

The Future Of Journalism In Trump's America

The Future Of Journalism In Trump's AmericaDuring his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t shy about his hostility toward journalists. His unexpected victory proved his doubters – which included many in the media – wrong.

Warriors of the Light: We Are The Revolution

Warriors of the Light: We Are The RevolutionMy literature is totally committed with a new political attitude – human beings in search of their own identity. My books don’t talk about the old and used up process of the right/left but there is a revolution that is slowly rising up...

History and the Golden Rule Point Us to the Future

History and the Golden Rule Point Us to the FutureHow to effect regime change without war was demonstrated by the nonviolent revolution in India led by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi pioneered satyagraha, the resistance of tyranny through mass nonviolent civil disobedience. Positive change occurs when committed people work for it...

It Wasn't Just Fake News Presenting A Fake Hillary Clinton

It Wasn't Just Fake News Presenting A Fake Hillary ClintonDespite Hillary Clinton’s long and demonstrable commitment to public service and liberal reform, many voters in the 2016 presidential election were persuaded that she was corrupt, mercenary and even murderous.

Jill Stein Raising Funds for Recount: Election Integrity Depends on YOU!

Jill Stein Raising Funds for Recount: Election Integrity Depends on YOU! The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. We are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania-- three states where there is a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals. Please donate to this initiative today.

Why The Democratic Party Lost Its Soul

Why The Democratic Party Lost Its SoulWho will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics. The choice will help determine how the Democratic party responds to its extraordinary defeats in recent years, ending with the election of Donald Trump.

Understanding Trump By Watching The Apprentice

David/Flickr, CC BY-SADepending on your political persuasion, or, as some are now arguing, depending on the “engagement” metrics that condition your social media “echo chamber”, you will have met the election of Donald Trump to the US’s highest office with either shock or elation.

It's Time to See Clearly and Recommit to Core Values

It's Time to See Clearly and Recommit to Core ValuesFeeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet? While the dominant culture encourages dysfunctional denial — pop a pill, go shopping, find your bliss — there’s a more sensible approach: Accept the anxiety, embrace the deeper anguish, and then...

Why We Need a New Democratic Party

rWhy We Need a New Democratic PartyIt is time for a New Democratic Party. The old Democratic Party has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests.

Why Do Negative Campaign Ads Work?

Why Negative Campaign Ads WorkIt was a contentious campaign, with charges of sexual misconduct, corruption, and greed. One candidate was labeled a criminal, the other a coward. Personal attacks came on a daily basis.

The Aftermath of the US Elections: Healing and Finding Common Ground

The Aftermath of the US Elections: Healing and Finding Common GroundNow that the Presidential election is over, we can start to think about what life is going to be like after Tuesday, November 8th. This election season has not only been tough for our country, but also has wreaked havoc on many of our personal relationships.

Your Vote Chooses the World We All Will Live In

Your Vote Chooses the World We All Will Live InYes, we know! We're all tired of hearing about the elections. However, that doesn't make it less important. It's coming to a close this Tuesday, November 8th 2016, and some people are still "on the fence". Not only do they not know who they will vote for, but they don't know if they're even going to vote.

Attn Progressives: Support Hillary In Order to Establish Bernie's Program

Attn. Progressives: Support Hillary In Order to Establish Bernie's ProgramIf you're a disheartened, disillusioned, angry Bernie supporter thinking about casting a vote for Jill Stein or staying home, I am talking to you. If you are one of those Millennials who embraced the Bernie campaign and then lost heart when he lost the primaries, this message is for YOU especially.

It's Time To Dust Off Our Flags, Pennants, and Placards

It's Now Time To Dust Off Our Flags, Penants, and PlacardsIt's time to throw off our self-imposed shackles of Washington lobbyists and billionaire oligarchs, of wall street greed and corporate malfeasance, and of neocons, neoliberals, and political hacks to empower our lost unified American spirit.

We The People: The Charms And Contradictions Of Populism

We The People: The Charms And Contradictions Of PopulismPopulism is on the rise around the world. Why is this happening? The following dossier of brief contributions by leading global scholars and analysts of populism asks: why are the peddlers of populism proving so popular?

Will Hillary Clinton Get America Back on Track?

Will Hillary Clinton Get America Back on Track?The parallels are striking. In the last decades of the nineteenth century – the so-called “Gilded Age”— America experienced inequality on a scale it had never before seen, combining wild opulence and searing poverty.

Why Voters Don't Seem To Forgive Clinton, While Trump Gets A Free Pass

Why Voters Don't Seem To Forgive Clinton, While Trump Gets A Free PassA persistent mystery discussed in this presidential campaign has been double standards. In other words, while Donald Trump seems to have a “get out of jail free” card, Hillary Clinton can’t seem to “pass go.”

How Did Iceland’s Pirate Party Become So Popular?

The Pirates. Day Donaldson, CC BYIceland’s Pirate Party started life as a minor political movement inspired by its Swedish and German counterparts. Now it is a credible force. From marginal political interests, it has grown to produce positions on the most important issues of the day...

The Republican Trust Destroyers

The Republican Trust DestroyersDonald Trump’s warning that he might not accept the results of the presidential election exemplifies his approach to everything: Do whatever it takes to win, even if that means undermining the integrity of the entire system.

Evangelical Christians Are Not Just On The Right But On The Left Too

Evangelical Christians Are Not Just On The Right But On The Left TooOn Oct. 3, Longwood University, a public university in Virginia, hosted the first and only 2016 vice presidential debate. In what were described as the debate’s “most sincere” and “most honest” moments, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) discussed their religious faiths.

How Media Outlets From Around The World Have Reacted To The Presidential Campaign

How Media Outlets From Around The World Have Reacted To The Presidential CampaignWhen Donald Trump repeatedly claims the election is “rigged,” it doesn’t just undermine voter confidence at home. It can also hurt the country’s standing around the world, where people have been closely following the presidential race.

Breaking Through Power Is Easier Than You Think

Breaking Through Power Is Easier Than You Think When I was a student at Princeton University I learned from my anthropology studies that the concentration of power in the hands of the few is common to all cultures, societies, nations, tribes, cities, towns, and villages.

Why Have Americans Lost Trust In Government?

Why Have Americans Lost Trust In Government?Elections normally decide who is to govern. This upcoming election is about the very legitimacy of the system.

What A Clinton And Ryan Compromise Might Look Like

What A Clinton And Ryan Compromise Might Look LikeHillary Clinton won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost.

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