16 Nov 2014

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Zephyr Teachout, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United

When Louis XVI presented Benjamin Franklin with a snuff box encrusted with diamonds and inset with the King’s portrait, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to “corrupt” Franklin by clouding his judgment or altering his attitude toward the French in subtle psychological ways. This broad understanding of political corruption—rooted in ideals of civic virtue—was a driving force at the Constitutional Convention.

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26 Apr 2012

Rep. Maxine Waters, CPC Members to Eric Schneiderman: Hire Rep. Brad Miller as Your Cop on the Beat

The Congressional Progressive Caucus met with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today for a hearing on how to prevent a million foreclosures.  Not much happened at the hearing.  More interesting was a letter sent by members of the CPC authored by Maxine Waters to Eric Schneiderman asking him to

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15 Mar 2008

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eric Alterman: Why We Are Liberals

I was surprised that his latest book, Why We’re Liberals: A Handbook for Post-Bush America, confused me. It’s a compendium of attacks on liberals, from his entire chapter on why liberals are not considered patriotic, with a useful analysis of the arguments conservatives have made about our relationship with the military and why those arguments are incorrect. He systematically goes through the litany of conservative arguments about liberalism, and explains why each of these stereotypes is strongly held by the public at-large, how the conservative movement created those misimpressions, and what mistakes liberals made to encourage those beliefs. For all of my questions about some of his subsequent arguments, this is a forcefully argued book in which Alterman describes in detail how liberalism came to be put into such a sorry state, and why it is in such dire need of renewal. We have a broad tent ideology, focused on argument, debate, and social justice, and it is an honor to welcome Eric Alterman here today.

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22 Dec 2007

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Wes Clark

(Please welcome General Wesley Clark, A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country author of in the comments — jh) And they did. They really did. They stood up, men from South Texas and the Bronx and Kansas and California, in a firefight in a jungle in Southeast Asia.

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13 May 2007

FDL Book Salon: The Thumpin’

(Ordinarily we have book authors on Book Salon to discuss their works.  We were approached by the publisher to review the book and we invited author Naftali Bendavid to join us but did not hear back.  We decided to review the book anyway — JH) Update:  MissLaura also has a

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13 May 2007

FDL Book Salon: The Thumpin’

(Ordinarily we have book authors on Book Salon to discuss their works.  We were approached by the publisher to review the book and we invited author Naftali Bendavid to join us but did not hear back.  We decided to review the book anyway — JH) Update:  MissLaura also has a

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08 Oct 2006

FDL Book Salon: “A Country That Works,” Week 1

  The number one New Year's resolution for Americans is not to lose weight or quit smoking – it is to get out of debt. — Andy Stern I'm honored to present Andy Stern's book to the Firedoglake community.  I'm a blogger at MyDD, and over the past few years

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05 Apr 2006

Late Nite FDL: Let’s Go Real Far-Right…

(Tonight’s guest poster is Matt Stoller of MyDD) Did you know that not supporting racist vigilante group the Minutemen means that you are not serious about national security?  Well I didn’t, until I read California Yankee at Redstate. This immigration debate sure is bringing some fine people into the Republican

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