Marrying the Social and Economic Revolutions

One of the biggest divides I've seen on the Left is not knowing whether to focus on social issues or economic issues, or believing one is vastly more important and the other is irrelevant.

State of the System

When I say “the system,” I’m not talking about just one aspect of it. It isn’t just politics or economics, but everything that has an overarching control on our lives.

Demand What You Deserve

We have more than enough to feed and house and clothe EVERYONE, but we don't demand it because they've brainwashed us into thinking we don't deserve it. FUCK THAT! We don't need a resistance, we need a REVOLUTION of mind, body and spirit! The kind of revolution that changes how we see the world.

Why I Call Myself a Real Progressive

I have a desire to improve the world by seeking better solutions to its problems, to create equity and agency among all human beings outside of ideology, and to do so ceaselessly without yielding my own analysis. This desire makes me not only glad to accept the label of progressive, but to proudly claim that I am in actuality a Real Progressive.

Identity and Politics: Building Bridges

One of the big buzzwords tossed around these days is identity politics. Something I’ve noticed is that these words essentially have two meanings and thus it can be an issue if someone discusses the topic while using one meaning but someone else is approaching it from the other side.

Incidence of White Privilege: Part 1

Something that Real Progressives stands for is the eradication of racism and any other kind of inequity in our society. Part of the process of doing that will be getting white people like me (and anyone else for that matter) to recognize the privileges we get from just being born to the right color parents, and talking about them openly to try and reach as many other people as we possibly can. My hope is that this will be just the first of many pieces written by various people both within the RP organization and anyone else who wants to talk about it. Perhaps we can create an anthology of real discussions of white privilege by both those who benefit from it and those who have been harmed by it.

The Federal Government is like Chuck E. Cheese: MMT as Analogy

Chuck E. Cheese is a great analogy for the fiscal policy of the federal government because they are both “currency” issuers. The reason why this is all so important to understand is that MMT has far ranging implications for the progressive movement not just nationally but globally. Appreciating the reality MMT represents is a fundamental change in how we approach our government and its spending. It eliminates the debate over HOW we’re going to “pay” for something, and lets us ask if program X will improve our lives, then why is the government refusing to spend when it has no constraint? That will drive this revolution beyond complaining about the state of the world to demanding that the government spend in support of the public purpose.

Intersectional Dismantling of Systemic Racism

The progressive movement in this day and age is built on an understanding of intersectionality, meaning that all forms of oppression are interrelated and the only way we will get the world that we want is by everyone respecting, learning from, and working together. However, that wasn’t always the case, and there is bound to be growing pains in transitioning from the old guard to the new. We will all have to learn as we grow and figure out how to make this progressive movement last, and not just be another flash in the pan that is prevented from accomplishing all of our goals.

The USA should be Ashamed of its Electoral Process

The United States of America should be ashamed about its electoral process. France has wrapped up elections in which a whole new party that did not exist two years ago has won the presidency and the majority of parliamentary seats, and yet the US has people who don't even know that any options exists outside of the Democrats and the Republicans. It is a disgrace to the idea of democracy and it cannot stand.

Power in Politics and Why it Matters

How do we get past the miscommunication over terms and really understand that ultimately, we the general populace want the same kinds of things? In my mind, one thing we should be talking about is power.

Creating a Society that is Of the People, By the People, and For the People

​The Left stands agape at the precipice of the Trump presidency; a long and excruciating rollercoaster climb through the first couple of weeks of bad decision after bad decision, waiting for the horrifying freefall when the shit hits the fan. We had felt the emergence of Bernie Sanders signaled the beginning of a great movement to fight for the people but instead have been given the least qualified person in history for the most powerful job in the world who is beholden only to himself, his circle of Bond-esque cronies, and the corporate interests that serve the wealthy and no one else. It is incredibly disheartening and can feel overwhelming. What are we supposed to do? How can we reverse this? How can we turn the tides?