Bernie Sanders Has a Major Problem

Yes, Bernie has a major problem: his most loyal followers.

End the FEDish: Redirecting Our Anger and Efforts to Save the World

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) represents a lens from which to view the various operational levers within the macroeconomy. It is simply the observable facts about how the monetary system works. Not "believing in" MMT is, in essence, denying reality.

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.

Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be To Learn MMT

In 2018, for the sake of your family, your friends’ families and for every American family facing financial hardships, make your new New Year’s resolution to learn about the reality of our nation’s economic system, to learn MMT, and when you’ve done that, teach someone else what you’ve learned. Together we can spread this knowledge and save lives by answering that age-old progressive agenda-killing question: ‘how are we going to pay for it?’

Rage Against Austerity

I woke today with an inner rage that can only come from experience and knowledge.   This winter, hundreds of thousands of Americans will be on the streets homeless, without food, shelter or heat.   Families will break up from financial distress. Kids will be dealing with life insecurities, bullies who capitalize on weakness and observers will judge "misbehavior" versus dig deeper for the real root causes.   45,000 suicides from joblessness will occur and many more will unsuccessfully try to take their lives in despair.   Millions will suffer from food insecurity or poor nutrition because of financial destitution, austerity and  Calvinism.   Millions will die from pollution and the environmental destruction from contaminated drinking water. Airborne illnesses from air pollution will kill or severely damage their lungs as well.   Hundreds of thousands of minorities, vulnerable from years of systemic and envrionmental racism will die attempting to survive by living in alternative economies from unregulated prostitution to slinging drugs and gang related violence.   Many women will suffer the effects of rape and be forced to self-medicate, have unsafe, unregulated procedures and even commit suicide from a lack of available,  affordable services.   Millions of individuals suffering from mental illness will go untreated, commit suicide, commit murders, destroy families and end up in jail as opposed to a medical facility...   All because the people are more worried about the tone of activists sharing the econonic truths to fix all of the above... tone policing.    And ultimately because of austerity. Cutting federal spending. Tax cuts for the rich and not Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, free college for all, a Federal Job Guarantee,  Green Energy and an overall dereliction of duty to serve the people by our "elected representatives". Voters are easily distracted and politicians gleeful of our short memories.   #LearnMMT #FuckAusterity #GetSmart #RiggedElections #ShortSightedness #DNC #TaxScamBill

My First Step to Recovery

…understanding you can only control your life.

Just Help Disaster Victims

The horrific hurricanes that have destroyed so much of Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, and the US Virgin Islands, along with the fires in California has been traumatic for all the people who live there. It's a shame, but let us not lose focus on what the real problem is. It's not the people of Texas. We should use our best efforts to put the money in where it's needed at both the state and federal level. It's much easier to blame other people than to force our politicians to take responsibility. Be it at the state or the federal level, I guess it's a lot easier to just watch people die than it is to help them. And we all know that Monday morning quarterbacking isn't going to help the situation. 

Bridge The Divide

The struggle has been going on throughout the course of history; but especially in the United States, what we are dealing with on a daily basis is a systemic display of the evils of racism. Many people will claim that there's no solution; others will claim that the solution will never come from the token programs the government tries to implement. Ineffective Band-Aid solutions are proposed as temporary solutions to the permanent problem.

Maintain Your Focus

When talking about movements and protest and the reasons why they do not work, the issue at hand is that people or groups are too focused on what I will call "the Kodak moment" — a snapshot of a moment in time when they are not driven to act on one specific point, but rather by a thousand different points

A Letter to Joy Ann Reid from a Gay Black Millennial with a Disability

Although I am young and have little to no experience in the realm of corrupt career politicians or their party I do want to cover the issue of identity politics and why establishment Democrats are making it worse. This article will help you see through the eyes of a person with a disability, and how I view the world around me. So stay tuned!

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.

MMT is Relevant to Everyday Life

Someone asked me - no - I lied - someone told me - MMT is not relevant to the average voter, the average American - it is irrelevant - then proceeded to tell me that Paul Krugman said it was a joke. He could not be less accurate but his critique is relevant because many do not pay attention and yet they wonder why they march in place.

Help All, Not Just the Elite

It's time for a systematic change. I believe we need to take a good hard look at our government programs, how they are failing us, and the draconian rules that have applied for too long to systems that should be designed to help those in need and those who are oppressed.

Stop Settling and Fight

It's time to stop settling for crumbs and empower ourselves to get what we need.

#BREAKING: Sen. Paul Proposes Free Market Experiment

#BREAKING: Libertarian Republican Senator, Rand Paul, wants to make bankrupt and economically distressed areas exempt to labor laws and other similar regulation

#BREAKING: Congressman on 3 Month Streak Without Face-To-Face Town Hall

#CallToAction: Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC7) refuses to face his constituents. The last time that he faced those he represents at an announced, face-to-face town hall or "coffee with your congressman" event (based on our research) was April 14th, 2017. What has he done with the 27 days that the House has had off of Capitol Hill since then? (Not counting weekends!)

Fight for Medicare for All Together

I've been watching the news and listening to people discuss the current plight of health care in America. The present health care bill, which is now before us, made me decide that I needed to express my opinion about this pressing matter.

#WARNING: DWS Now Claiming To Be A South Florida Progressive

South Florida Regressive Democrat, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is claiming in a new job ad to be a Progressive! 

Can This New Group Elect Bernies in South Carolina?

In the late 1970s, Bernie Sanders and his supporters started the Independent Coalition to address a then Red rural state in Vermont. And they did this to create the conditions for real progressives to be able to viably run for office. It resulted in Bernie being elected to Mayor of Burlington as a Socialist, electing down-ticket progressives to support him, and eventually breaking into Congress as an Independent.

Born Free

I was sitting back and thinking from a historical point of view how many blessings we've been offered by our country's founders. We have a nation where people can be just about anything they want to be, believe in anything they choose to believe in, and read and write and do whatever they wish. In many countries this does not exist, and for the most part, will never exist.

A Brief Word on This Orphan Politics Nonsense

Look, I oppose policies of putting down unwanted animals in shelters. I find the policy to be quite disturbing. But if you, as an animal rights activist who makes the issue your main and most important issue, are successful in winning the battle against it, and no-kill shelters become the law of the land, what have you done for anyone or anything else? Nothing.

#OPINION: Thank You, Birdie

I was born to a lower middle class, white, Christian, Republican family in Massachusetts. My friends growing up were Libertarian. I, too, grew up believing that this was how I was supposed to think.

This Picture is Every Reason Why Hillary Clinton was not the Lesser Evil

I am writing this because of the time capsule effect. I am not trying to beat this thoroughly dead horse. There are some people for whom this will fall on deaf ears. But for those of you still sifting through the rubble of the 2016 Presidential Election, I offer you this picture. This picture is an important reminder of many of the concerns I had in regard to why Hillary Clinton wouldn't be getting my vote—why she was not the lesser of two evils. 

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.

Alice in Wonderland

I'm sure many of us grew up with our parents and grandparents reading us the story of Alice in Wonderland: a story about a girl who magically enters the land where things are not what they appear to be. In fact, everything is the opposite—wrong is right, right is wrong, left is right, right is left, and so on. Much like the United States today.

Draft Bernie Picks Up Momentum at The People's Summit

At the People's Summit in Chicago this past weekend after Bernie Sanders addressed over 4000 activists and supporters from across the country, National Nurses United Director Roseann Demoro told the dozens of Draft Bernie members, "I want to thank all the Draft Bernie people, 'I'm with you.' Nurses are we with them? Are you all with us? As I say heroes aren't made, their cornered." The endorsement from one of the most prominent Sanders supporters provides another boost to a movement started in February 2017 by former Outreach Coordinator for the Bernie Sanders Campaign Nick Brana.