The usual norms of political discourse would emphasize a party's ability to ask pertinent questions and provide salient answers; to probe facts, poll members and seek solutions based largely on consensus or majority sentiment. Today's politics seem based on contradiction, on a party-constituency dynamic that turns the norms of political discourse on its head.
How could the Communist Manifesto, a 160-year-old book, have any relevance in explaining southwest Ohio labor's recent electoral defeat?
CHICAGO - Can anyone beat Rahm? That's the question on the minds of many Chicagoans as the Nov. 22 candidate petition-filing deadline for mayor of the nation's third largest city fast approaches.
Wow - Election 2010 is over. I am still tryin' to put the whole thing in perspective.
In the face of a horrible economic crisis and torrent of secret outside money, progressive forces blocked a complete takeover of Illinois state government by Republicans.
The "tea party movement" is neither "populist," or new; nor was it as I see it, a major factor inthe GOP victory. So what was?
WASHINGTON (PAI) - In the wake of massive losses of union-friendly lawmakers on Election Night 2010, the labor movement must re-group and re-think its strategy for accomplishing its goals, by moving on four tracks: organizing, mobilizing, legislation and working through regulatory agencies. And don't forget the states.
Key question: how can we, starting now, begin to tap the power necessary to throw out the ever-friendly, totally reactionary, Republican Rep. Steve Chabot and his pals in 2012?
Don't be surprised when many who voted for the Republicans become disillusioned with their policies, and on this ground a bigger and broader people's movement will emerge.