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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy: Issue #41

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Quarterly Journal of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy

 

March 2020 - May 2020 Issue 41

By Lewis Wickes Hine

Biloxi, Mississippi, ca. 1925, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1994.91.80.

From the Editor
Notes on Contributors
How to See Bernie Sanders (MR)
Reflections on the Present Danger
From the Archives
An Easter Message on religion and politics
Starving the Beast (MR)
I Write Goals Not Policies: ‘Responsible Party Government’ Meets Environmentalism
Opt-in and Opt-out

From the Editor

The country is now in the heart of the season when progressive Presidential candidates are setting our ideas out to the public – the debates (a less desirable way of pushing ideas) and town halls (much more successful at communicating ideas). Sometime before too long (probably not before the next issue of Progressive Democracy) we shall know whether a progressive candidate has captured the nomination of the Democratic Party.

How to See Bernie Sanders (MR)

Bernie Sanders is best understood as today’s American version of an Old Testament prophet. (Note: I talk of the Old Testament here, and not simply the Bible, having come from a Christian background so that it is more comfortable for me to so talk.)

Reflections on the Present Danger

By David Depew

Is Trump, decorum aside, betraying Republican hopes? Is the media capable of talking to Americans about what is going on? Has the impeachment trial produced a constitutional crisis? Read on.

From the Archives

Reprinted here are two short pieces from the October 2011 issue of Progressive Democracy. Despite their origin going on to nine years ago, they are remarkable relevant to today’s political discussions. One was about the newish Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren and something she wrote that then and now is right to the point of the successful person of business. Both although neither mentions a wealth tax by name, is a justification of just that.

An Easter Message on religion and politics

By Charles Bayer

Our media assume that there is no such thing as liberal religion, liberal Christianity – and they borrow that assumption from non-liberal denominations. Charles Bayer has always begged to differ and has written columns reprinted here as a very clear reminder that that assumption is quite mistaken. Easter Week will be upon us before long. So I am printing here an Easter message from a very liberal Christian. Note: this may be Charles’ last column printed here in Progressive Democracy: he is slowing down.

Starving the Beast (MR)

Tax season is upon us again. Last year’s Trump tax cut for fat cats also ended several tax breaks for slimmer cats (making them slimmer still!) One major change was that one could no longer deduct state (and local) taxes.

I Write Goals Not Policies: ‘Responsible Party Government’ Meets Environmentalism

By Clayton Becker

Do our political parties operate the way a major theory of how they should work claims? Clayton Becker examines how the parties and elected officials have handled environmental issues, especially climate change, and finds the theory severely wanting.

Opt-in and Opt-out

By Merrill Ring

The idea of what role individual choice plays and should play in public policy making is at the heart of the discussion of Medicare for All, but is not being explicitly examined.

Submission Guidelines

Having developed far enough to expand our ‘stable’ of writers to those not on the TAIPD board or connected thereto and so to ask others to submit appropriate material for publication here, it is important to develop and explain guidelines.

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