Tom Gallagher

Former Massachusetts State Representative Tom Gallagher is the author of 'The Primary Route: How the 99% Take On the Military Industrial Complex.'  He lives in San Francisco.

 

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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 11:30am
To All the Clinton Supporters on the Left—Please Come Home!
Despite the beyond-some-of-our-wildest-dreams strides the Bernie Sanders campaign has made since he launched his then longshot bid last April, there are obviously still considerable numbers of people backing Hillary Clinton whose actual ideas and histories would seem more closely matched to that of...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 11:15am
On Medicare-for-All, Clinton Reminds Us That She's Part of the Problem
If the Hillary Clinton campaign had its way, supporters of Bernie Sanders – whose backing she will obviously want in November should she win the Democratic nomination – would feel that, while Clinton might not be all that they want in a president, she would at least go part of the way there. But if...
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
The Source of Terrorism Revealed – Is Anyone in Congress Paying Attention?
If the U.S. body politic were susceptible to teachable moments, this would seem to be a prime one. Russia starts bombing Syria and the American establishment howls in outrage: Lt. Gen. Robert P. Otto, U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, declares...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 2:30pm
What's Barney Frank Got Against Primaries?
Could you imagine a liberal Democrat in 2015 arguing that you shouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries because, although she has been a trailblazer in her day, her “very unwillingness to be confined by existing voter attitudes, as part of a long-term strategy to change them...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:30am
Only in America? The False Dichotomy Between Movement Building and Electoral Politics
Most people we might think of as being on the American left don’t generally embrace the idea of “American exceptionalism.” There is one apparent exception to this unexceptional point of view, however, at least in some corners of the American left. That is the notion that in the U.S. – unlike any...
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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 8:30am
The Significance of Bernie Sanders' Decision to Enter the Democratic Primaries
Why has the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history just announced that he will seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination? Simply put, because Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), so long and so famously neither Democrat or Republican, has understood that the...
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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 12:30pm
Why the Democrats Should Hope Bernie Sanders Runs in the Presidential Primaries
Rand Paul is the two-word answer to the question “Why should the Democrats hope Bernie Sanders runs in the Democratic primaries?” These days the only thing that may be expanding faster than U.S. military commitments around the globe is the number of Americans looking for leaders to take the country...
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If Sanders runs, everything will probably not go the way we might want, writes Gallagher, but that's no reason not to support the independent socialist senator from Vermont. (Photo: DonkeyHotey / cc / Text added) Views
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 6:45am
Because America Needs an Electoral Left: Why Bernie Sanders Should Enter the Presidential Primaries
So Bernie Sanders has posed us – the American left – the question: Should he run for president? Well, let’s imagine what we will likely do in 2016 if he doesn’t run for president. Barring the appearance of some other surprise candidate of the left, we will, in our various ways, bemoan the...
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 12:01pm
The Cold War Really Should Be Over For Everyone
“The Cold War should be over for everyone” says Angela Merkel. What’s specifically on the German Chancellor’s mind is the current uproar in Ukraine over a government decision to forego a closer economic relationship with the European Union.
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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:59am
The Kosovo Precedent and Syria (Or Why International Laws Apply Only To Some)
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