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Science for the People
"Science for the People is an organization dedicated to building a social movement around progressive and radical perspectives on science and society. We are STEM workers, educators, and activists who believe that science can be a positive force for humanity and the planet."
science  activism  politics  progressive 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Divided We Fall | New Republic
"The Founders knew that economic inequality would destroy America's democracy. So why can't the Constitution save us?"
america  crisis  politics  history  inequality  wealth  money  progressive  reform 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Library Juice » New book: The Dialectic of Academic Librarianship: A Critical Approach
"Oftentimes, academic librarians are not fully conscious of the role that their libraries play in late-capitalist society or how they, as information professionals, help to perpetuate this role. Adopting a dialectical materialist perspective, Stephen Bales investigates the modern academic library as an institution and academic librarianship as a profession. The author examines the academic library’s position as a culturally and historically situated producer and curator of knowledge and its instrumental role in driving social reproduction and the status quo. The book then considers the effect of academic librarians in bolstering dominant ideologies and argues instead for a transformative, engaged librarianship that recognizes and implements the academic library as a locus for positive social change. To these ends, the book serves as a tool for deepening the theoretical consciousness of practicing academic librarians and as a point of entry for praxis."
book  publisher  libraries  progressive  politics  ideology 
may 2015 by tsuomela
Science Progress.
"Science Progress is the premier online journal of progressive science and technology policy from the Center for American Progress. We research, write, and publish articles, opinion editorials, reports, and podcasts that examine current issues in science and technology through a progressive policy lens."
science  progressive  politics  news 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Dissent Magazine - Online Features - Has the Left Won? An Exchange Between Tim Barker and James Livingston -
"The following is an exchange between Tim Barker, assistant editor at Dissent, and James Livingston, professor of history at Rutgers University and author, most recently, of Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul. In this exchange, Barker and Livingston argue about the thesis of that book as well as a number of recent essays by Livingston on socialism and socialists."
politics  socialism  capitalism  leftism  liberal  progressive 
october 2012 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Rawls on a property-owning democracy
"It seems apparent that progressives lack powerful visions of what a just modern democracy could look like. The issues and principles that are being developed within this new discussion of Rawls have the potential for creating such a vision, as compelling in our times as the original idea of justice as fairness was in the 1970s. It is, in the words of O'Neill and Williamson, "a political economy based on wide dispersal of capital with the political capacity to block the very rich and corporate elites from dominating the economy and relevant public policies" (4). And it is a society that comes closer to the ideas of liberty and equality that underlie our core conception of democracy than we have yet achieved."
political-science  philosophy  wealth  income  income-distribution  economics  progressive  vision  people(JohnRawls) 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The Philanthropic Complex
"In the United States, everyone may enjoy freedom of speech so long as it doesn’t matter. For those who would like what they say to matter, freedom of speech is very expensive. It is for this reason that organizations with a strong sense of public mission but not much money are dependent on the “blonde child of capitalism,” private philanthropy. This dependence is true for both conservative and progressive causes, but there is an important difference in the philanthropic cultures that they appeal to."
philanthropy  business  america  capitalism  conservative  progressive  environmental  activism 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Is protest in America at a turning point?
"Many journalists, it seems, pay lip service to the First Amendment, but turn their backs or grow disdainful when people actually exercise these rights in the streets. In such a climate, idealistic activists such as those at the tar sands pipeline and Wall Street protests, obviously, can be safely ignored by the major news media or condescended to as not being rooted in the practical, real world. Real grown-ups don’t need to protest."
media  media-reform  journalism  failure  protests  activism  wall-street  progressive  fairness  first-amendment  american 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Why won't America embrace the left? - History -
What has the left really accomplished over the past two centuries? FDR's New Deal remains one of the great American success stories. In the '60s, leftist politics created a massive countercultural movement -- and sexual and feminist revolutions. The civil rights movement transformed both American society and the American soul. But, if you compare the accomplishments of the American left to those of other parts of the world, like Western Europe, its record is remarkably dismal, with a surprising lack of real political and social impact.

At least, that's the main takeaway from "American Dreamers," a new book by Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, which covers nearly 200 years of struggle for civil rights, sexual equality and radical rebellion.
book  interview  leftism  liberal  liberalism  progressive  history  american  american-studies 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive
"Progressives need a fundamentally new approach to politics. They have been losing not just because conservatives have so much more money and power, but also because they have accepted the conservatives’ framing of political debates. They have accepted a framing where conservatives want market outcomes whereas liberals want the government to intervene to bring about outcomes that they consider fair.

This is not true. Conservatives rely on the government all the time, most importantly in structuring the market in ways that ensure that income flows upwards. The framing that conservatives like the market while liberals like the government puts liberals in the position of seeming to want to tax the winners to help the losers. "
politics  economics  framing  power  markets  government  conservative  progressive 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: On the rioting in London
"The current left is irrelevant, precisely because its first gesture, is to join with the powerful, in condemning it. It shows that the leadership of the current left is, in fact, on the side of oppression, so long as their own place in that oppression is more reasonable."
riots  city(London)  leftism  liberalism  law  failure  progressive 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Tuning Out the Democrats -
"It’s perplexing. When unemployment is high, and the rich are getting richer, you would think that voters of average means would flock to progressives, who are supposed to have their interests in mind — and who historically have delivered for them.

During the last half-century or so, when a Democratic president has led the country, people have tended to experience lower unemployment, less inequality and rising income compared with periods of Republican governance. There is a reason, however, that many voters in the developed world are turning away from Democrats, Socialists, liberals and progressives."
politics  political-science  polling  democrats  ideology  progressive 
august 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Book Review: Amy Wood on Szefel's *The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era*
"In The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era, Lisa Szefel illuminates a time when American poets became committed to the notion that poetry should matter, that it should speak to the greatest concerns of the day. In this original and elegantly written account, Szefel traces the rise of a progressive-minded poetry movement that, between 1910 and 1920, developed alongside the social reform efforts of the era. These poets sought to break away from the genteel elitism of Victorian poetry and produce works that reflected the experiences of ordinary Americans and addressed the woes and sorrows that unmanaged capitalism had wrought. They believed that socially relevant poetry could strike readers’ moral imaginations and spur social action. With the help of sympathetic editors and readers, they created a flourishing literary community, which built the “cultural infrastructure” (p. 2) that later allowed the famous mid-century poets that Gioia celebrates to thrive. "
book  review  literature  criticism  history  1q20c  1h20c  poetry  progressive  politics  class  romanticism 
july 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: What Good is Education to Society? The Thin Line Between Justice and Order
"And yet, despite Dewey’s explicit hesitations, nearly a century later, the history of American education suggests that order almost always wins out over justice, no matter authorial intentions—and no matter that Deweyans persist in sprouting up across the educational landscape. We might need to come to terms with the fact that education—or more precisely, schooling—is meant to serve the ends of the status quo, i.e., brutal inequality. And thus, if the educational reformers have been successful at anything, it’s in ensuring a more efficient machine for reproducing the status quo. "
education  reform  pedagogy  democracy  progressive 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Against catastrophism « LBO News from Doug Henwood
"since the historical evidence mostly shows that crises are good for the right, not the left. Crises make people want to retreat to the familiar, not strike out in new directions. So here and in many other places around the world, we’re seeing an upsurge in nativism and xenophobia, not solidarity. The 1930s were an exception, but that’s because things got really really awful then, with the unemployment rate maxing out at 25%. Times have been bad here lately, but nothing like that. Do we really want to see the unemployment rate more than double because it might be good for politics?"
politics  catastrophe  crisis  progressive  capitalism  critique  economics  ideology 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Producing Ideology? « Larval Subjects .
"As both later Sartre and Badiou recognized, the only way to produce change is through the production of collectives or subject-groups capable of lifting us out of seriality. Yet the only way to produce collectives is through the formation of a sensus communis. This means that questions of the distribution of meanings, of ideological sequences, is crucial to any leftist project. It means that questions of “the sense of the world”, to quote Nancy’s term, are central to leftist political engagement. A recognition of this, I believe, is why thinkers like Badiou and Zizek have, of late, been so interested in the figure of Saint Paul. Yet such questions of distribution cannot simply focus on what senses are distributed, but must also focus on strategies of distribution. Enough for now."
politics  progressive  community  ideology  production  tea-party  economics 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Still Separate, Still Unequal -- In These Times
Yet, despite these and other meaningful and important advances, nothing in progressive thinking has enough traction when set against the mantras of pluralism and multiculturalism. Progressives have become the chief proponents of cultural diversity and multiculturalism, unwitting participants in a “separate but equal” orientation; we think that by promoting diversity, we are promoting both equality under the law and individual rights. They are not the same thing.
multiculturalism  culture  pluralism  segregation  race  law  constitution  liberal  progressive 
march 2011 by tsuomela
How to Build a Progressive Tea Party | The Nation
American citizens should ask themselves: I work hard and pay my taxes, so why don’t the richest people and the corporations? Why should I pick up the entire tab for keeping the nation running? Why should the people who can afford the most pay the least? If you’re happy with that situation, you can stay at home and leave the protesting to the Tea Party. For the rest, there’s an alternative. For too long, progressive Americans have been lulled into inactivity by Obama’s soaring promises, which come to little. As writer Rebecca Solnit says, “Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky…. Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.” UK Uncut has just shown Americans how to express real hope—and build a left-wing Tea Party.
politics  progressive  movement  activism  country(GreatBritain)  example 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Hard Lessons from Election 2010 -
"But the Left will never find out if there is a realistic political option within the Democratic Party if there is no commitment to building media and other messaging operations at both local and national levels to explain the value of progressive proposals.

And the hard reality is that other possible Left strategies – from third parties to street protests to romantic notions of “revolution” – have shown little or no promise either, in large part because progressives remain largely outside the national political debate. "
election  2010  media-reform  media  journalism  progressive  leftism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Left's Media Miscalculation -
"The Right concentrated on gaining control of the information flows in Washington and on building a media infrastructure that would put out a consistent conservative message across the country. As part of this strategy, the Right also funded attack groups to target mainstream journalists who got in the way of the conservative agenda.

The Left largely forsook media in favor of “grassroots organizing.” As many of the Left’s flagship media outlets foundered, the “progressive community” reorganized under the slogan – “think globally, act locally” – and increasingly put its available money into well-intentioned projects, such as buying endangered wetlands or feeding the poor.

So, while the Right waged what it called “the war of ideas” and expanded the reach of conservative media to every corner of the nation, the Left trusted that local political action would reenergize American democracy."
media  media-studies  progressive  conservative  1970s  history 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Jimmy Johnson: Of Wikileaks and Literacy
It is common sense that some things must be kept secret for the greater good. Despite modern state secrecy being barely half a century old, this is deeply ingrained in the public mind. ...So dominant is the positive narrative of state secrecy that such basic questions like, "If something is too dangerous or embarrassing to even talk about, perhaps we should not do that thing," seem starry-eyed and hopelessly naive. But that it is common sense does not mean it is good sense and when the volume of secret literature exceeds that of the transparent world it is a question that must be asked. This modern development of an exclusively literate caste holding 'legitimate knowledge' is, at best, a highly questionable outcome.
wikileaks  progressive  secrecy  security  literacy  classification  history  diplomacy  authority 
december 2010 by tsuomela
WikiLeaks: The TMZ of Global Politics -- In These Times
But despite our legitimate desire for transparency, diplomacy relies crucially on the existence of a backstage, especially when dealing with dispersed and murderous terrorist organizations. So count me as one progressive who is uneasy about this effort to indiscriminately tear down as many curtains as possible, and then to foreground and luxuriate in the most adolescent, gossipy elements of life in the backstage.
wikileaks  progressive  secrecy  celebrity  backstage  performance  diplomacy 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - How the White House cut its deal and lost its base
Instead, the White House disappeared into a closed room with the Republicans and cut a deal that they'd made no effort to sell to progressives. When the deal was cut, the president took an oblique shot at their preferences, saying "the American people didn’t send us here to wage symbolic battles or win symbolic victories." And this came a mere week or two after the White House announced a federal pay freeze. The pattern, for progressives, seems clear: The White House uses them during elections, but doesn't listen to, or consult them, while governing. In fact, it insults them, and then tells them to quiet down, they got the best bargain possible, even if it wasn't the one they'd asked for, or been promised.
politics  progressive  obama  style  negotiating  republicans  taxes  democrats  economics 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, Obama is in no position to be lecturing progressives
The problem with Obama has never been what he's portrayed it as.  It's not that people are purists, turning up their noses at less-than-perfect results.  It's not that they scorn any sort of compromise.  It's not that they insist on "making the perfect the enemy of the good" or any of the other cliched Versailles rationalizations.  The problem with Obama has always been that he won't fight for what he says he believes in.  But he will at least lash out at those who are frustrated, disappointed, or angry with him, when he capitulates without a real fight.  Which raises an increasingly troubling question: Is that the one thing he really believes in?  Attacking those who want him to actually stand for something?
politics  obama  progressive 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Question | Corrente
The Democrats who are wringing their hands over the costs of the Tea Party, are really already getting ahead of the game of kicking their own populists. The Democratic Party needed Obama himself to come out and kick his own base, repeatedly. That base, once kicked, stayed down. With the results seen in the election. The old voted, and largely as they have voted for the last 10 years: in favor of gray fascism. The young did not vote. In only two years, Obama had lost them

But this is mirrored across the developed world: in the UK, the budget will be balanced on the backs of the young, including in University fees. In France, retirement age increases were pushed through by a government with less than 30% approval. In Germany a right wing coalition imposes austerity on all of Europe, to keep the currency reigned in. The global old, are in firm control of the future, and since they do not have much future, they are voting to strip it bare.
politics  generation  intergenerational  justice  economics  democrats  progressive  failure  age 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Peter Beinart On Why Liberals are Down on Obama - The Daily Beast
The more fundamental difference between the Obama era and its New Deal and Great Society predecessors is this: Back then, progressives did not define the left end of the political spectrum. In the 1930s and 1960s, America featured honest-to-goodness alternatives to capitalism, home-grown radical movements that scared the crap out of the American establishment and sent some of its denizens scurrying into arms of reformers like FDR and LBJ. Because our entire ideological spectrum has shifted right since communism’s collapse, reforms that once looked like centrist compromises now look like the brainchild of Chairman Mao.
politics  new-deal  overton-window  extreme  failure  obama  progressive 
july 2010 by tsuomela
A Chelsea Dagger drops point first | Corrente
The problem the third way has is a series of underlying contradictions. While it can dominate one party with a top-bottom coalition, it cannot overly alienate either organized labor, which forms the basis of its electoral victories, nor the disruptive intelligentsia, which sells it as a progressive movement. Progressives provide cover for what is fundamentally a conservative movement.
politics  economics  third-way  labor  progressive 
july 2010 by tsuomela
NAS - The National Association of Scholars :: Articles Achievement Gap Politics Anonymous
First, you have to understand that educational policy is consumed by the achievement gap, which is the disparity between groups of students on most educational measures, particularly the groups of race and socio-economic income—and, if I'm going to be honest, it's race that generates the most intensity. I don't just mean that this is the number one priority. It's the only priority. The achievement gap pervades every corner of American educational policy discussion. Nothing else matters....

Why? I think ed schools see the public rejection of affirmative action, its embrace of welfare reform and crackdowns on illegal immigrants, and all the other rollbacks of the liberal agenda as profoundly wrong and evil acts. They see education as a means of rectifying the injustices committed by an ignorant society, with themselves as one of the last bastions of protection for under-represented minorities.
education  policy  pedagogy  achievement  politics  conservative  progressive  school 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Rude Pundit - Notes Regarding the Feasibility of a Minor Revolution, Part 3: The Stagnant Soul Must Learn to Rise Again:
But everything has potential energy. Every stone, every fat fuck in an easy chair. The question that the Rude Pundit's been trying to get to is how to tilt the landscape so that gravity inevitably creates kinetic energy. In the last two parts of this series, the Rude Pundit has said that we need bogeymen, that we need to get our rage on over something, and that the current evident excesses of unfettered capitalism has given us the potential opening.
politics  progressive  progress  enemies  psychology 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Beyond The Echo: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media by Tracy Van Slyke and Jessica Clark
Beyond The Echo Chamber is a book and blog dedicated to changing the national conversation about progressive media and the future of journalism itself.

Co-authored by Jessica Clark and Tracy Van Slyke, Beyond The Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media tells the story of the rise of progressive media from 2004 to today and lays out a clear, hard-hitting theory of ongoing impact.
politics  progressive  book  infrastructure  weblog-group  media  journalism  institutions  networks 
february 2010 by tsuomela
New Left Project | Articles | A Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice
Why do you believe that we need theology? What can it provide us that political theory and political action cannot?”

First, we should recognize that achieving a just and sustainable world may not be possible. It may be that the forces set in motion by what we call “civilization” are beyond the point of no return, in both social and ecological terms. I am not optimistic at this point, but I don’t think there’s a way to know the answer to that. So, I continue to look for ways to deepen our understanding of the pathology of the system and to deepen our connections to the earth and to each other. Secular philosophy and politics can, in theory, do that, but I see no evidence that any secular movement today has managed it. So, I want to explore the theological approaches, rooted in real church communities. I want to understand the narratives of religion (Christian narratives in my case, given when and where I was born) and the power of those narratives.
progressive  religion  politics  reform 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Pearls Before Swine | TPMCafe
What has changed for me, though, is my growing (hardening) conviction that the chamber he was speaking to is stuffed to its gills with frauds. (There are exceptions.) Beyond the few measures on which there is a rare alignment of stars, nothing he called for will happen, unless his road trip unleashes a firestorm in the American people against Congress for the systemic sins mentioned above.
politics  obama  state-of-the-union  speech  progressive  congress  reform  government  federal 
january 2010 by tsuomela
We are launching a new journal, R e c l a m a t i o n s, to address the need for critical reflection and debate on the new political front forming to fight the privatization of public education.
education  economics  capitalism  academic  academia  journal  progressive  neoliberalism  university  budget  privatization 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Matthew Yglesias » Grayson Breaks the Rules
I think the real issue—and the real import—of Grayson’s statement is that it involved breaking one of the unspoken rules of modern American politics. The rule is that conservatives talk about their causes in stark, moralistic terms and progressives don’t. Instead, progressives talk about our causes in bloodless technocratic terms.
progressive  framing  liberalism  morality  rhetoric  politics  democrats 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Hullabaloo - Keep Hope Alive
Politics requires appeals to emotion. It just does. There are very few people who sit down and read the campaign platforms of the candidates and the parties, set up a spread sheet and analyze the issues pro and con.
politics  progressive  activism  about(BarackObama) 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Obama Quandary Comes Into Sharper Focus: Part Two, Economic Substance
This is part 2 of a two-part diary on two new articles that provide insight into the newly visible weakness of Obama's politics
about(BarackObama)  neoliberalism  new-deal  ideology  progressive  democrat 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Barack Hoover Obama: The best and the brightest blow it again—By Kevin Baker (Harper's Magazine)
Obama should not deceive himself into thinking that such interest-group politics can be banished any more than can the cycles of Wall Street. It is not too late for him to change direction and seize the radical moment at hand. But for the moment, just like another very good man, Barack Obama is moving prudently, carefully, reasonably toward disaster.
about(BarackObama)  politics  progressive  ideology  bipartisanship 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Blended Spaces--Making Sense of Partial Perceptions Of Obama
There is, I think, a very good argument to be made that Obama should be seen as similar to Tony Blair. Blair's argument was that Labor could do a better job of implementing the Tory agenda than the Tories could themselves. This was actually the same argument that Eisenhower made regarding the New Deal. And while Obama's political ideology makes him almost Blair's doppelganger, it's the example of Eisenhower that is most revealing, because Eisenhower was a Republican President in a Democratic era, who was elected as a war hero, not for his politics.
about(BarackObama)  politics  liberal  framing  progressive  infrastructure  instinct  intellect  about(GeorgeLakoff) 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Next Tax Revolt | The American Prospect
The most important issue is whether or not the government has the revenue needed to finance generous spending on social services. The Scandinavian model of a cradle-to-grave welfare state financed largely through regressive taxation is not regarded as punitive to the poor.
politics  taxes  income-distribution  wealth  progressive 
july 2009 by tsuomela
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