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Posts from ‘March, 2009’

The Militaristic State

I read the latest issue of The Progress Report, which reports that neo-conservatives William Kristol, Robert Kagan, and Dan Senor are launching their newest lobbying organization for continuing the policies embraced by the Bush Administration. Curious to learn just what that might be, I clicked on the link, which enlightened me as to the objectives […]

Are Right Wing Populists Conservative?

Yesterday, I had a brief encounter with a contractor who does work for the company that I work for. I learned, very quickly, that he thought very highly of Glenn Beck. I told him, quite firmly, that I thought Glenn Beck was worse than Rush Limbaugh. As I said, the encounter was brief – I […]

The Dangers of Right Wing Populism

In times of economic hardship, it seems that right wing populism often rears its ugly head. Current events certainly give credence to that truth. However, this time around, right wing populism has had at least a decade-long running start, because the talking heads on Fox TV and talk radio pundits like Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Beck […]

What is Wrong About the Religious Right

I’m posting this essay in the hopes of spreading Dr. Gregory Boyd’s thoughts more widely. The agenda of the religious right is destroying our country and we progressive types need to learn that Christianity is not synonymous with right wing religious fanaticism. Dr. Boyd is the founder and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in […]

A Radical Christian Perspective on California’s Proposition 8

Leave it to me to be contrarian and controversial at the same time. I’ve never had any patience with those who would impose their beliefs on others and I have no respect for those people’s leaders. When I learned that the religious right had spent millions of dollars (a majority of those funds from out […]

Reaching Out on Progressive Issues

I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to state that we live in interesting times, to put it mildly. As the repercussions from 30 years of free-market fundamentalism ricochet through our country, there is a growing populist rage against the perpetrators of this disaster. The Republican Noise Machine is out in front, […]

Van Jones on Rabbi Michael Lerner

I’ve been reflecting on the comment that Beth made in response to my post featuring Chris Hedges’ thoughts on populism. She observed that, “[a]s a Christian myself, I am actually almost repulsed by the Religious Right, but I can see why so many of my fellow blue-collar friends are drawn to them.” She then observed […]

Jim Hightower’s Take

Jim Hightower is a liberal/progressive/left wing populist, in contrast to the crowd of right wing populists led by Rush Limbaugh. I find his comments refreshingly honest and stop by his website on a regular basis. This short essay is from his website: “Politicos and pundits on the right have resurrected an old bugaboo to hurl […]

Populism Revisited

With apologies to some of my readers – another article by Chris Hedges, who I think is a very perceptive writer. Perhaps the central concern of this blog has been an attempt to understand the political landscape in this country, which is going to be an ongoing journey. While I am pleased that Barack Obama […]

The Dreaded ‘S’ Word

Since before President Obama was elected, the word “socialism” has been tossed about with great carelessness. Sarah Palin used it without acknowledging that the State of Alaska is, itself, socialist because it takes from the oil companies and re-distributes income to each and every citizen of the State. She also accused Bill Ayers of being […]