Joan Walsh

 

Joan Walsh is editor-at-large at Salon and an MSNBC political analyst.

 

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Our Battle Scars

The Cause tells how liberals gave America the best of the 20th century. So why is it so hard to be one?

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It’s taken me almost my entire life to come out of the closet as a liberal. In college at the end of the 1970s, I was no revolutionary, but I thought of myself as a radical. Working at “the independent socialist newspaper” In These Times in the 1980s, I tried on actual socialism, with some relief at having a name for what I thought I believed. Later I became a progressive, when that term came to stand for the Paul Wellstone-Howard Dean “Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.”