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The Libyan War: Unconstitutional and Illegitimate

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
March 21, 2011 |

There is no doubt that U.S. participation in the Anglo-French-American attack on Libya is completely unconstitutional. As Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, before becoming president Barack Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law professor, accurately described the limits of a president’s authority to initiate a war in cases where the U.S. has neither been attacked nor is in imminent danger of attack:

The Great Social Security Taboo

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
March 15, 2011 |

If Washington, D.C., were a sovereign country, much of its GDP would consist of exports of paper, in the form of plans for the future of Social Security. Whether offered by liberals or conservatives, almost all of the proposals for Social Security are doomed by political realities that the authors of these plans refuse to acknowledge. 

The Neocons Are Trying To Talk Us into War -- Again

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
March 8, 2011 |

"They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing," Voltaire said of the members of the Hapsburg dynasty of his day. The same might be said of the American hawks who are calling for U.S. military intervention in Libya's civil war.

What Comes After Wisconsin? | Salon

March 7, 2011

Here I think Michael Lind got it right in Salon, (Liberalism and the post-union future). This system of employer-based benefits is the problem, not the solution. At the same time, however, we'll never get close to such social democratic dreams without ...

How Liberalism Can Survive the Collapse of Union Power

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
March 1, 2011 |

In last week’s column, I argued that, because unions are likely to play an even smaller role in American politics and policy than they do today, progressives must come up with other strategies for mobilizing ordinary workers and voters to achieve goals like higher wages and a comprehensive system of social insurance.

Liberalism and the Post-Union Future

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2011 |

The struggle in Wisconsin over the future of collective bargaining by public employees is the most dramatic battle in a war being waged on many fronts over the future of public sector unionism. In other states and cities, the issue is whether states whose revenues have collapsed because of the recession should fund the promised pensions of public employees like police officers, emergency responders and school teachers.

Hey, Liberals: Time to Give the Beck Bashing a Rest

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
February 15, 2011 |

What dumb thing did Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or Glenn Beck just say? You don’t need to watch Fox News to find out. The progressive media will tell you. The economy is still in a coma, revolution is rocking the Middle East -- but you can be sure that Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will take time to snicker at something silly that Palin or Bachmann or Beck said in the last 48 hours.

Is the constant mockery of these bloviating right-wing demagogues really the best use of precious center-left media time? I think it’s likely to backfire on liberals, for several reasons:

How Reaganism Actually Started with Carter

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
February 8, 2011 |

The hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth has produced disagreement over his policies among conservatives and liberals, but agreement on one point: Reagan's presidency marked the end of one era in American politics and the beginning of a new one. An epochal shift indeed took place -- but it happened in 1976, not 1980. The Age of Reagan should be called the Age of Carter, in politics and policy alike.

Let's End America's "Middle East First" Policy

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
February 1, 2011 |

The crisis in Egypt, however it plays out, provides Americans with an opportunity to reconsider the role of the Middle East in American foreign policy. Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has pursued a global grand strategy centered on the Middle East, while treating the rise of China as a secondary strategic concern. The growing costs of both excessive military intervention in the Middle East and inattention to China’s military and economic policies raise the question of whether America's obsession with the Middle East has been an expensive distraction.

Innovation and Education Won't Save Our Economy

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
January 25, 2011 |

We’ve heard it a thousand times, from American CEOs, pundits and politicians. And we’ll probably hear it again from President Obama, in his State of the Union address. The U.S., we are told, is losing its manufacturing industries to competitors like China because America is falling behind in innovation and education.

It’s not true.

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