Politics

Why China Has Strikes Without Unions

By eschewing the role of dissident, organizers allow the Communist Party to respond either favorably or neutrally to their actions, rather than repressing them.

A Hard Days Night and Beatlemania: The West's Last Outbreak of Optimism Disease

How much the Beatles helped create the '60s and how much the '60s helped create the Beatles is one of the great chicken-and-egg questions.

Campus Sexual Assault: I Am the One in the One in Five

But it took a colleague's disbelief in that statistic to make me realize what had happened to me.

45 Years After Stonewall, the LGBT Movement Has a Transphobia Problem

Pride revelers often laud the role played by trans activist Sylvia Rivera in the Stonewall riots, a turning point in the fight for LGBT rights. But after the parade, trans people are forgotten—or worse.

Thad Cochran Runoff: For Once, Republican Outreach Works

Thad Cochran was able to "reach out" to black voters because they found a common purpose, if only for a day. But more Republican outreach is going to be awfully hard.

Hillary Clinton's New Image: Cool Grandma. Can She Maintain It?

Her attitude—unabashedly feminist, casually in charge—was captured most effectively toward the end of her stint as secretary of state. Can she keep it as a candidate?

How a Bad Interpretation of a 1976 SCOTUS Case Set the Stage for Citizens United

The Buckley v. Valeo decision was more complicated and subtle than the “money equals speech” slogan for which it’s misremembered.

Hillary Clinton Gets Tripped Up By the Blue-Collar Imperative

Like every other politician, she feels the need to say she's just reg'lar folks.

Dear Thom Tillis: How Long Does It Take For a Black Person to Become a Traditional North Carolinian?

An open letter to the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, who is currently running for U.S. Senate, is prompted by his comments about the Republican Party's demographics.

How Many Gun Deaths Are There In Your State?

Red, blue, and purple states wind up pretty much where you'd expect. And if you're in Louisiana, you might want to keep your head down.

HBO Movie on Prop 8 Marriage Equality Case Fails As Documentary

By omitting the faces and fears of those opposed to same-sex marriage, The Case Against 8 presents its story as nothing more than a victory lap, assuming every viewer is happy the Supreme Court decision that overturned California's ban.

Schweitzer #FAIL: Live By Authenticity, Die by Authenticity

Former Montana governor and possible presidential candidate Brian Schweitzer's mouth gets him in trouble.

Should We Listen to Those Who Were Wrong on Iraq in 2002?

They have every right to their opinions, but we can remember their old mistakes even as we understand their new ones.

Astronaut Sally Ride and the Burden of Being The First

America's woman space pioneer paid a price back on Earth.

Weak Weakling Continues Weak Policies of Weakness

Even when the administration catches a terrorist, conservatives are still going to argue that Barack Obama isn't being strong enough.

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