An older liberalism once championed the ideas of civic responsibility and the common good. Then came the battles for rights. Those were and are necessary. But today, to revive progressivism, we need to rediscover the forgotten language of obligation and engagement, foster civic agency, and launch a new and redemptive twenty-first century Americanization movement.
Even people who support government dread having actual encounters with it. Things don’t have to be that way.
A successful idea from Europe can make eldercare more affordable—and provide well-paying jobs—as the boomers approach retirement.
Distrust of states’ rights exists for good historical reasons, but today, minorities and dissenters can rule at the local level.
Why the coming battles over scarcity don’t necessarily favor the party of small government.
How four decades of radical individualism diminished society and gave rise to the Tea Party.
Why it’s a little early for dramatic and sweeping statements about the Arab uprisings.
The Soviet Union ended with a whimper, and Russia struggles on, facing a future nearly as bleak as its past.
Is economic behavior best understood in Darwinian terms? Actually, no.
Michael Tomasky introduces issue #24
Progressive support for democracy promotion and military intervention ignores our dismal history. A response to Rosa Brooks and Tom Perriello.
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Why is the progressive establishment so bad at motivating the youth vote?