Harvey J. Kaye

Harvey J. Kaye

Harvey J. Kaye is professor of democracy and justice studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the author of the newly published “The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great” (Simon & Schuster). Follow him on Twitter: @harveyjkaye.

Articles by this author

FDR dime. Views
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Do Democrats Really Need Wall Street?
Halloween is coming and fear mongering seems to be the order of the day — not just on the part of Republicans, but apparently no less so on the part of “centrist” and conservative Democrats who are expressing growing anxiety about offending big donors who see politics not as the pursuit of justice...
Read more
Views
Monday, July 03, 2017
We Are Radicals at Heart — Don’t Forget It
Listen closely. Listen closely to Thomas Paine’s argument in Common Sense that “[w]e have it in our power to begin the world over again;” to Thomas Jefferson’s phrases in the Declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their...
Read more
Views
Monday, May 01, 2017
Time to Recall a Progressive ‘Truly Great’ First 100 Days
Franklin Roosevelt’s first “Hundred Days” of 1933, in which the newly-elected president and a Democratic-controlled Congress confronted the ravages of the Great Depression by enacting an unprecedented roster of 15 major new laws, have haunted the egomaniacal Donald Trump – and his own first 100...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Who Says It Can’t Happen Here?
Donald Trump’s candidacy and now, presidency, have resurrected a public discourse not heard in this country since the Great Depression — an anxious discourse about the possible triumph in America of a fascist-tinged authoritarian regime over liberal democracy. It’s a fear Sinclair Lewis turned into...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Gingrich Renews the Right’s Declaration of War on Age of Roosevelt
Seventy-five years ago this past January, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt went before Congress and the American people to declare that a generation’s “rendezvous with destiny” had come, that the Nazis, Fascists, and Imperialists would strike without warning and Americans had to not only ready...
Read more
Views
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Progressives, Take Hold of American History
Americans were ready to make history anew in 2016 — and in a tragic way we have. We elected to the presidency a man who represents not “the better angels of our nature,” but the worst. If we slept at all election night, we woke up on the morning of Nov. 9 chilled and tearful. But as others have...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Time for Radical Action, Not National Therapy
Now that Donald Trump has all but officially won the GOP presidential nomination, New York Times columnist David Brooks asks, “What are we supposed to do?” He isn’t asking Republican leaders that question. “They seem blithely unaware that this is a Joe McCarthy moment,” he writes. “Those who walked...
Read more
Views
Friday, July 03, 2015
Social Democracy Is 100% American
Appearing late last week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe , Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri insisted that Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont “is too liberal to gather enough votes in this country to become president.” Indeed, responding to the fact that candidate Sanders...
Read more
Views
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
What Frightens The Right Should Empower Progressives
If you ever doubt the powers of the past, just consider how much the Right fears them. It is a fear that drives them to continuously try to control the past and our memory of it: They try to deny history. They try to manipulate it. They try to suppress it. Indeed, when necessary and possible, they...
Read more