Who we think about when we think about domestic policy.

Who you think about when you think about domestic policy affects your priorities and the conclusions you reach. We know who Republicans are thinking of, their country club buddies and billionaire masters. For other politicians, it’s people like the fictional “Bailey family” of Long Island, who are relatively well-off and seem to obsessively worry about the price of gas. I […]

AOC asks why we don’t treat “human capital” creation at least as well as real-estate speculation.

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1098625956607074304 Our ancestors knew this and translated it into actual policy (with flaws of course). Which is why they enacted the Land Grant Colleges act in 1862, funding institutions in each state through the grant of public lands: each State which may take and claim the benefit of this act, to the endowment, support, and maintenance […]

AOC explains how corruption on Capitol Hill works, in a 5 minute “lightning round game”.

If we are going to make progress on an ambitious progressive agenda, we will have to shine sunlight on the vested interests that have held back such change in the past. That means explaining, clearly and in an engaging format, how exactly corruption and influence work on Capitol Hill. That’s what AOC did today with […]

Why we still need Bernie to run in 2020.

An array of impressive candidates have announced bids for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Most have adopted the signature measures of Bernie’s campaign: Medicare For All, climate justice, a return to free public college and a living wage. Many seem relieved to have shaken off the strictures of third-way politics that have constrained Democrats for a […]

Why do we have billions for jails, but “can’t afford” to provide college education?

A recent tweet from Bernie Sanders prompted this post. https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1090712544162037762 Bernie is asking an essential question here about priorities and how we sustain and develop our people. For too long, our political vision has been shrunk by right-wing fear-mongering and this has led to detrimental results to our people and a real cost in human […]