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A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

Monday, November 19, 2012

Veteran New York Times editor Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns and looking at the ways guns are part of American culture. In Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment he makes the case that trying to restrict gun ownership doesn’t effectively deter crime and argues that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment may not be as lethal as the left would like to think.

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The Immigrant Bargain

Monday, October 08, 2012

Sociologist Vivian Louie examines whether today's immigrants, especially Latinos, are integrating into American society as well and as successfully as their European counterparts did in the 19th and 20th centuries. Louie’s book Keeping the Immigrant Bargain examines the lives of 37 foreign-born Dominican and Colombian parents and their 76 young adult offspring, looking at how they are adapting to American schools, jobs, neighborhoods, and culture.

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Joseph Stiglitz on the Price of Inequality

Monday, September 03, 2012

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the factors that have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country and argues that our inequality cripples growth, tramples on the rule of law, and undermines democracy. In The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future Stiglitz examines our current state and its implications for democracy, monetary and budgetary policy, and globalization, and he includes a plan for a more fair and prosperous future for everyone.

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Political Strategy and the Middle Class

Monday, September 03, 2012

Political strategist James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg argue that Washington and Wall Street have made life difficult for the average American. In It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! Carville and Greenberg make the case that our political parties must admit their failures and that voters must reclaim their voice.

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Twilight of the Elites

Friday, July 13, 2012

Christopher Hayes argues that Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions—from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America and even Major League Baseball. In Twilight of the Elites he makes the case that the meritocracy are to blame for our current crisis. He describes how he thinks leaders have lost touch with the people they have been trusted to lead.

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It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Political strategist James Carville and pollster Stan Greenberg argue that Washington and Wall Street have made life difficult for the average American. In It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! Carville and Greenberg make the case that our political parties must admit their failures and that voters must reclaim their voice.

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Eric Alterman on American Liberalism

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Journalist and historian Eric Alterman traces the history of liberal ideals and discusses the politicians, intellectuals, visionaries, activists, and public personalities fighting for social justice. His book, The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama, written with historian Kevin Mattson, looks at liberalism in American politics and culture.

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Rachel Maddow

Monday, July 02, 2012

Rachel Maddow, host the Emmy Award–winning "Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, talks about the rise of executive authority and the gradual outsourcing of war to private contractors, and argues that this distances the American people from the human and financial costs of war. In Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, she makes the case that the priorities of the national security state have been allowed to overpower our political discourse. She'll also talk about the upcoming election, politics, and her show.

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Madeleine Kunin on the New Feminist Agenda

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Madeleine Kunin, who was the first woman governor of Vermont and served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton, looks back over five decades of feminist advocacy—where progress has been successful and where it has stalled, and at the successes of other countries. In The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family, she advocates for the next feminist revolution­­­ to call for workplace policies that improve the lives of women and families.

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Joseph Stiglitz Explains the Price of Inequality

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains the factors that have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country and argues that our inequality cripples growth, tramples on the rule of law, and undermines democracy. In The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future Stiglitz examines our current state and its implications for democracy, monetary and budgetary policy, and globalization, and he includes a plan for a more fair and prosperous future for everyone.

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Jonathan Haidt on The Righteous Mind

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions, from our intuitions to our morality to our “groupishness.” In The Righteous Mind he investigates Why our political leaders can’t seem to work together to deal with threats and problems and why people so readily assume the worst about their fellow citizens.

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Eric Alterman on American Liberalism

Monday, April 16, 2012

Journalist and historian Eric Alterman traces the history of liberal ideals and discusses the politicians, intellectuals, visionaries, activists, and public personalities fighting for social justice. His book, The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama, written with historian Kevin Mattson, looks at liberalism in American politics and culture.

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Rachel Maddow

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rachel Maddow, host the Emmy Award–winning "Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC, talks about the rise of executive authority and the gradual outsourcing of war to private contractors, and argues that this distances the American people from the human and financial costs of war. In Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, she makes the case that the priorities of the national security state have been allowed to overpower our political discourse. She'll also talk about the upcoming election, politics, and her show.

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Jerry Falwell and the American Right

Monday, March 05, 2012

Michael Sean Winters examines how Reverend Jerry Falwell has influenced national politics. In God’s Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right Winters looks how Falwell motivated voters and helped defined the orthodoxy and vocabulary of the Republican Party.

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The Sexual Counterrevolution in America

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Nancy Cohen charts the birth of the sexual counterrevolution: how conflicts about sex, women’s rights and women’s roles, gay civil rights, and family values, have polarized national politics and unhinged the nation. In Delirium, she explores the reaction against the sexual revolution and the progressive movements that emerged from it—notably feminism and gay rights—and examines how it’s shaping the 2012 election season.

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Tea Party Patriots

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin tell us how they started the Tea Party Patriots in 2009, one of the largest grassroots political organizations in America. In Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution, they explain how the Tea Party was created, the party’s fundamental beliefs and goals, and they outline a strategy for the organization going forward.

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