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How Progressives can Respond
July 7, 2019

Eight Ways Progressives can Respond to Social Distress

How should we, as individuals, respond to the increasing instability in our country? Our crisis requires a rebirth of the notion of civic duty; every progressive needs to try to become a bit more involved in the messy business of...

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Political Parties are Splitting Up
June 23, 2019

Economic Pressure creating Party Splits in U.S., Britain, France

The social and economic divisions plaguing the U.S., Britain, and France can't be patched up merely by increasing economic growth and reducing unemployment. Unequal economic and political power arrangements embedded in western Capitalism since the 1980s have created a system...

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Politics in France
June 16, 2019

Political Turmoil in U.S. Similar to France and Britain

During our recent trip to France, I was struck by the realization that England, the U.S., and France are all suffering through difficult political times. While each has their own unique form of political turmoil, it seems to me their...

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