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Guess what? The New Deal worked!

Since the economic crisis we're now in is being compared to the Great Depression, the solutions being offered are being routinely compared to the New Deal. Republicans in particular have been quick to pronounce the New Deal a failure as a way of justifying their opposition to the new stimulus package and any other federal response to our new Great Depression.

Is a progressive revolution possible?

“American history consists of one long battle between the forces of reaction and the defense of wealth and power, on the one hand, and the forces of progressivism and community, on the other.” That’s the premise of a new book The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be by Michael Lux.

Closing Guantanamo only a first step

Two days after taking office, President Barack Obama announced that the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be closed by the end of this year at the latest. This step, which was acclaimed worldwide, is only the first in what many hope is an effort to restore constitutional guarantees and the rule of law which the Bush administration had been busily dismantling, under the cover of the “war on terror.”

Whats it going to take to end corruption in Illinois?

CHICAGO – Tainted by the dark cloud hovering over lawmakers here after the recent impeachment of former Governor Rod Blagojevich who allegedly tried to sell President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat, many wonder if Illinois is the most corrupt state in the country.

600,000 jobs lost: How bad does it have to get for Republicans to act?

Original source: With today’s unemployment report showing nearly 600,000 jobs lost in January—worsening the U.S. unemployment rate from 7.2 percent to 7.6 percent—will obstructionist Republicans in Congress finally move the economic recovery bill?


Black History Month book list

A sampling of suggestions from our readers and staff.

There is plenty of hope for progress if we struggle as a people

Originally published on LatinoLA, Jan. 7, The change in the White House and Congress is significant, important victories can be won Just imagine if John McCain and Sara Palin had been elected.

Hold your ground, refuse to surrender

Two leading Democratic strategists, James Carville and Stanley Greenberg, publicly took their party to task for its “just say no” approach to President Bush’s proposed privatization and benefit cuts. “To say there is no problem simply puts Democrats out of the conversation for the great majority of the country,” they warned. “Voters are looking for reform, change, and new ideas, but Democrats seem stuck in concrete.”

This system is rotten to the core — a case in point

This is a time when people’s confidence in the system of capitalism is being shaken. It all started with Enron, but then other giants like Global Crossings and WorldCom joined in. People see a pattern here.

From 2001 archives: What's lurking behind the war in Afghanistan?

This article was first published Nov. 17, 2001. As the war in Afghanistan garners more attention with calls for more troops, we rerun this here as a contribution to the discussion. There is little wonder that the Bush administration – with its vast ties to ultra-right ideologues, oil, finance, military industries and intelligence agencies – seized upon an incredible human tragedy to push their own agenda.

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