Elizabeth Bruenig

Elizabeth Bruenig

Elizabeth Bruenig is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018
It's Time to Reclaim 'Socialism' From the Dirty-Word Category
A Gallup poll this month found that Democrats are warming up to the idea of socialism — or at least to the word. While 57 percent of Democrats polled said they view socialism positively, only 47 percent said the same of capitalism, down from 56 percent in 2016. Republicans, meanwhile, remain pretty...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Evil Walked the Earth in Pennsylvania
In divinity school I learned that a priest represents God to his congregation and represents his congregation to God. We were gathered in a small parlor on an early spring afternoon, with cool sun filtering in slant on the table. How enormously important this arrangement seemed to me at the time —...
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An oil-soaked bird struggles against the side of a supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP) Views
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Cruelty Without Consequence Is Trump’s Way
In the late 1930s, Gwendolen Howard left her seat in a London orchestra for a little house in the south of England, which she named Bird Cottage. There, she invited native birds to join her with gifts of bread, cheese, peanuts and currants — war rations, as the years wore on — and observed her...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
Conservatives Will Always Call Socialists Hypocrites. Ignore Them.
Shortly after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old democratic socialist, pulled off a surprise left-flank victory over incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in a New York congressional primary last week, pictures of her childhood home began appearing on social media. The grainy image of the small blue...
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"Nothing that happens so often can be thought of as anything but routine." (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 16, 2018
The Latest Schoolhouse Slaughter Shows We Have Been Defeated
Nothing symbolizes the foreclosure of the future like the slaughter of a nation’s young. And it’s so routine now — there have been at least eight this year at a school or college where someone was injured or killed — that attention will quickly fade, as it does with subjects one doesn’t intend to...
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Ivanka Trump with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Capitol Hill in June 2017. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Views
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Trump’s Paid Family Leave Plan Would Punish Those Who Choose To Have Kids
Early in the fifth century, the theologian Saint Augustine of Hippo noted something about families and society that, in his era, was simply conventional wisdom : “After the city, or political community, comes the world, following the convention that treats the household, city, and world as three...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Trump's Solution to America's Crisis: Nationalism
The State of the Union address is more than a steward’s report on budgets, legislative priorities and his executive agenda; it is an opportunity for a sermon, and sermons mean more than what they express in words. The ceremony of it all is crucial, as is the presence of all three branches of...
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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP) Views
Friday, January 26, 2018
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s Real Message
Kyle Stephens, the first victim to testify against former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar , had once considered the man a friend. Larry was close with her parents, she told the court during Nassar’s sentencing hearing, and the two families had often spent time together on weekends. When Stephens...
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"But it isn’t just the premise of democracy or the possibility of 2018 advantage that demands relentless commitment to these three causes. It’s ordinary morality." (Photo:Molly Adams/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, January 12, 2018
Dear Democrats: Shut It Down
If Congress cannot agree on a budget plan by Jan. 19, the government will shut down. This isn’t the outcome anyone wants. But Democrats ought to start steeling themselves now: If the Republican majority’s budget plan leaves the “dreamers ” in limbo, fails to supply desperately needed aid to Puerto...
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While many of us were absorbed in the holidays, the Trump administration relaxed Medicare’s penalty protocols by “scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury.”(Photo: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Trump Is Nakedly Fragile
A Roman coin struck in the year 44 B.C. reveals that a temple was dedicated to Julius Caesar months before his death, in honor of him and his legendary mercy, or perhaps to him and the goddess Clementia herself, patroness of leniency and forgiveness. Many statesmen have to wait for history to...
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