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Don't Know Much Philosophy

March 1, 2005 - A recent piece by Michael Tomasky in The American Prospect has provoked quite a bit of discussion on the web: in it, Tomasky argues that Democrats talk too much about strategy, and not enough

Converted Conservatives?

March 1, 2005 - David Sirota points to several Republican governors who have adopted more-or-less progressive stances on taxation and low-income health care, including Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky,Bob Riley of Alabama, and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Musical Interlude; or, Friday Punk Blogging

February 25, 2005 - As the Texas audience hurled "spit, popcorn, beer cups, cans, hot dogs, whipped cream, bottles, and pies," the band taunted and provoked them relentlessly. Sid Vicious scrawled "Gimme a Fix" on his naked chest. Johnny Rotten "blew snot" at the front row as the audience fought among themselves.

Another South is Possible

February 24, 2005 - Many thanks to Katrina vanden Heuvel at The Nation (where, as she notes, I did my first gig out of college as a wide-eyed journalist aiming to change the world), as well as MaxSpeak,

Progressives and White Workers

February 24, 2005 - Harold Meyerson has an excellent analysis in today's Washington Post about the Democrats' "white workers" problem. The whole piece is good; here are some of the key points:

How a Cultural Phony War Can Become Very Real

February 23, 2005 - The central idea of Thomas Frank's fine book, What's the Matter with Kansas?, is that the modern right wing is powered by a contradiction: the grassroots, the ground troops of the movement, are recruited on the basis of a culture war against liberalism; but the politicians they put in power are conc