NORMAN SOLOMON – As 2013 gets underway, progressives need to be here now. Weâ€™re in a new era of national politics — with different circumstances that call for a major shift in approach.
ROBERT REICH – Republicans are debating again tomorrow night. And once again, Americans will hear the standard regressive litany: government is bad, Medicare and Medicaid should be cut, â€œObamacareâ€ is killing the economy, undocumented immigrants are taking our jobs, the military should get more money, taxes should be lowered on corporations and the rich, and regulations should be gutted.
NORMAN SOLOMON — Take it from David Axelrod. â€œAlmost the entire Republican margin is based on the enthusiasm gap,â€ the presidentâ€™s senior adviser said last week. â€œAnd if Democrats come out in the same turnout as Republicans, itâ€™s going to be a much different election.â€ But we donâ€™t get to have a different election.
PETER BERGEL: Progressives and peace people are probably missing a bet. We could almost certainly be more effective, wield more influence and play a more powerful role in public policy. What we lack is a unified understanding of what we mean by â€œpeaceâ€ and a new peace strategy based on that unified understanding.