It is cherished notion in American political ideology that the market and democracy go happily hand in hand. The purveyors of that myth keep the revolving door turning.
Like it or not, presidential races are one of the few entry points into political discussion for a large number of Americans.
Across the U.S., the number of teams named the "Chiefs," "Savages," "Indians," and "Braves" has declined dramatically, but America has yet to truly reckon with its oppression of the continent's indigenous tribes.
Can we find a way to loosen big business's stranglehold on the US?
Obama has chosen the wrong issue on which to embrace collaboration. The TPP is bad policy. And some ideological divides don’t deserve to be bridged.
If the country is to be redeemed, it will depend on those who dissent—those who are now using their bodies to blockade bridges and highways.
Despite the demonstrated power of sacrifice and disruption, it is rare that groups risk either in significant measure — and even rarer that the two are combined in thoughtful and creative ways