Tag Archives: Progressives

Harry Targ : Robert Gibbs and the ‘Professional Left’

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs slammed the “professional left” for being too critical of Barack Obama. Photo by Carolyn Kaster /AP.Criticizing Obama:A dialectical look at the ‘professional left’ By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / August 14, 2010 … Continue reading

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Harry Targ : Ethics Charges and the Natural Order of Things

Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Photo from Getty Images.The natural order of things:Ethics and Congresswomen Waters and Harman By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / August 9, 2010 The stories about ethics violations by Congressman Charles Rangel (NY) have been making … Continue reading

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Kagan and Obama : Birds of a Feather?

Elena Kagan:A natural choice for Obama Nothing is a better fit for this White House than a blank slate, institution-loyal, seemingly principle-free careerist… By Glenn Greenwald / May 10, 2010 It’s anything but surprising that President Obama has chosen Elena … Continue reading

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Thomas McKelvey Cleaver : Keep on Truckin’

Keep on Truckin’. Classic cartoon by R. Crumb.The David and Alice debate:We can’t afford to give up the fight By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver / The Rag Blog / April 11, 2010 [Austin activist David P. Hamilton announced his “retirement” from … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden : Health Care a Big Win for Progressives

Grab of CSPAN screen. Image from gothamist.We achieved what was possible:Health care is victory for progressives Passage of a trillion-dollar health care package means a trillion dollars not available to the Pentagon for their long war. By Tom Hayden / … Continue reading

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BOOKS / Progressive Giants : Celebrating Paul Robeson and Anne Braden

Two books about two progressive giants:Celebrating Paul Robeson and Anne Braden By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / March 25, 2010 The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my … Continue reading

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Chris Hedges on Refusing to Support the Democrats

Ralph Nader was right about Barack Obama The timidity of the left exposes its cowardice, lack of a moral compass and mounting political impotence. The left stands for nothing. By Chris Hedges / March 1, 2010 We owe Ralph Nader … Continue reading

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VERSE / Larry Piltz : You Asked Us To Believe

“Library” by Bernard Zackheim, 1933. Detail from a mural at the Coit Tower in San Francisco. It was part of a series of murals produced under the auspices of the New Deal’s Public Works Art Project. The massive effort stirred … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Martha Coakley : Moving Right Along

Martha Coakley: sad state of affairs. Photo from AP.In the wake of the Coakley debacle:A lesson to be learned? I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, someone else would … Continue reading

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow : Jobs Now or President Palin?

President Sarah Palin. Photo by Jeff Schultz / Kris Kros / The Washington Independent.Pick One: A sharp turn towards progressive populism The election of Sarah Palin What our country needs now is a huge job-creation program made possible by great … Continue reading

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The Blame Game : Reform is Bigger than Obama

Barack Obama: Were expectations unrealistic? Image from Black Agenda Report.Too simplistic to just blame Obama:High hopes and the slow pace of reform By Richard Flacks / The Rag Blog / January 13, 2010 People on the left make a serious … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden : Time to Strip Off the Obama Sticker

Image from Zazzle.com.Obama’s Afghanistan escalation:Latest in a string of disappointments I’ll support Obama down the road against Sarah Palin, Lou Dobbs or any of the pitchfork carriers for the pre-Obama era. But no bumper sticker until the withdrawal strategy is … Continue reading

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