Tag: Liberalism (US Politics)

The Useful Idealism of the Green New Deal

Amid the unceasing awfulness of the Trump administration, I’ve lately found comfort in the Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek’s concept of “political time,” which has in turn informed my thinking about the almost utopian ambitions of the Green New Deal. Surveying the American presidency, Skowronek sees politics unfolding in cycles. Every so often, insurgent coalitions […]

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The Argument: Is the Green New Deal a Leftist Fantasy?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” is the Green New Deal a symbol of the future of the Democratic Party? Or is it just socialism disguised as climate reform? Michelle Cottle of the Times editorial […]

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How the Left Embraced Elitism

Over the past generation, global capitalism has produced the greatest reduction in human poverty in history. Over the past 10 years, American capitalism has produced 20 million new jobs. The productive dynamism of capitalism is truly a wonder to behold. But economic growth alone is not enough. Growth alone does not translate into economic security […]

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Trump’s Nightmare Opponents

A few weeks ago, the pollsters at Monmouth University asked Democrats across the country to choose between two different kinds of nominees. One was a candidate whom the voter agreed with on most issues but who might struggle to beat President Trump. The other was the reverse — a strong candidate with different views from […]

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The Argument: The Abortion Argument

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate abortion. Michelle Goldberg picks apart conservatives’ response to efforts in New York and Virginia to expand access and argues that even ostensibly limited restrictions are part […]

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What’s Really Radical? Not Taxing the Rich

Imagine for a moment that a presidential candidate made this speech: My fellow Americans, I’m here today to tell you about my economic plan. Each year, I will require every middle-class family across this great country to write a check. We will then pool the money and distribute it to the richest Americans among us […]

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The Howard Schultz Delusion

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. When I was in college, a fair number of my fellow students liked to describe themselves as “socially liberal and economically conservative.” This was the 1990s, when Bill Clinton’s “third way” was thriving, and I was attending […]

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Howard Schultz, Please Don’t Run for President

Unlike Donald Trump, the former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz is a genuinely successful businessman who built a company that’s become part of the daily lives of people across America. For this, those of us who are horrified by Trump’s relentless grifting should be grateful. It gives us something concrete to boycott should Schultz decide […]

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Political Memo: Democrats Want to Run on Issues in 2020. But Does Beating Trump Matter Most?

WASHINGTON — Medicare for All. A federal jobs guarantee. The “Green New Deal.” No Super PAC money. No mass deportations. And, of course, a candidate who can beat President Trump — right? After a 2018 midterm election that energized the left, perhaps the most consequential political question facing the Democratic Party is whether liberals will […]

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Just Days Into a New Congress, Liberal Freshmen Are Shaking the Capitol

WASHINGTON — It took less than 48 hours into the new Congress for some of the most liberal freshmen of the now Democratic-controlled House to upend Capitol Hill — and they see no reason to slow down. They have pressed for an ambitious and costly climate change proposal that would eliminate the use of fossil […]

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Elizabeth Warren Announces She Is Running for President

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and a sharp critic of big banks and unregulated capitalism, entered the 2020 race for president on Monday, becoming the first major candidate in what is likely to be a long and crowded primary marked by ideological and generational divisions in a Democratic Party desperate to beat President Trump. […]

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Donald Trump Is Doing Something … Good?

This year is ending with one truly surprising development, a real man-bites-dog story: Donald Trump is poised to sign bipartisan legislation that will make America a slightly more decent place. I’m talking about the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform bill championed by Jared Kushner. The measure passed the Senate, 87 to 12, on […]

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The Secret to Winning in 2020

Young or old? Female or male? White, black or Latino? The first stage of the 2020 presidential campaign — the jockeying stage — is underway, and Democrats are trying to figure out who the ideal candidate is. They’re asking the wrong questions, though. Demographic identity matters much less than people often imagine. Think about it: […]

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Anti-Zionism Isn’t the Same as Anti-Semitism

On Monday, in an interview with The Intercept, Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who in November became the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress, went public with her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to use economic pressure on Israel to secure Palestinian rights. That made her the second incoming member of […]

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The Argument: What Do We Do About Climate Change?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument” podcast, the columnists talk climate change. How dangerous is it? What can be done about it? And how do we get to a solution when we can’t even agree […]

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In Courting New Liberals, Pelosi Runs a Risk: A Freedom Caucus of the Left

WASHINGTON — When Rashida Tlaib, a newly elected Democrat from Michigan and favorite of the liberal left, met privately last week with Representative Nancy Pelosi, who was seeking her vote for speaker, Ms. Tlaib pointedly demanded an end to “the old culture of waiting your turn.” Taking aim at the seniority system that Ms. Pelosi […]

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The Suburbs Are Changing. But Not in All the Ways Liberals Hope.

Orange County, Calif., long a bedrock of the Republican Party, won’t send a single Republican to Congress in January for the first time since 1940. The party lost four seats there in the midterms, mirroring Republican losses just outside Minneapolis, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New York and Washington, D.C. The election was a suburban […]

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The Argument: How to Survive the Holidays Without an Argument

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play | RSS Feed On the latest episode of “The Argument” podcast, the columnists respond to a listener’s impassioned plea for a third major political party. Michelle Goldberg spotlights the disastrous track record of third-party […]

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What to Root for in the Pelosi Saga

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. Is Nancy Pelosi in trouble or not? From reading the news coverage, it’s hard to know, because reporters themselves aren’t sure how much danger she is in of losing her role as the House Democratic […]

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Gray Matter: The Psychology of Political Polarization

Many stories can be told about the 2018 midterm elections, but their mixed results make one thing clear: We are a country divided. Pundits have attributed our historically high levels of polarization to a variety of sources, including the isolating effects of social media, the corrupting influence of dark money and special interests, and news […]

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