Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole is the editorial director of The Next System Project, a project of the Democracy Collaborative.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Millennials in Poll Fake Right, Go Left
At first glance, a poll released this week by USA Today and Rock the Vote, done by Ipsos, seems to confound our narrative that a majority of millennials identify more with progressives than conservatives. In fact, when asked that question point-blank when it comes to economic policy, 38 percent of...
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Friday, January 08, 2016
“Bleeding-Heart,” Or Just Bloody? The GOP Poverty Show
Republican leaders, including six of the GOP presidential candidates, on Saturday will engage in one of their occasional displays of “compassionate conservatism,” in which they seek to convince voters that they actually do care about people struggling to climb out of poverty; they just don’t want...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015
With Latest Budget Deal, More Failure By Design
With Congress about to vote this week on a federal budget for the current fiscal year, perhaps we can be thankful that Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate spared us extended disingenuous talk about “out-of-control government spending.” Some variation of that phrase still crops up in...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
What Clinton Gets Right, And Wrong, About Wall Street Reform
Hillary Clinton’s op-ed in The New York Times Monday on how she would handle Wall Street and financial reform as president appears so far to have landed with a thud. There is little evidence that it has sparked the kind of political debate that would be warranted by a major plan for financial...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A Progressive Majority Waiting To Be Convinced Government Can Work
The conclusions of a new extensive survey released today by the Pew Research Center are not surprising to people who have followed our chronicling of the Populist Majority over the past two years: Solid majorities of Americans accept a significant role for government in ensuring a strong and fair...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
A Trojan Horse In Clinton's Pledge To "Enhance" Social Security?
Unless you listened carefully, you might have missed the expanse of daylight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders when asked about their plans for Social Security at the CNN Democratic debate Tuesday. It’s a gap that is alarming people who are fighting to protect and strengthen Social...
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Friday, September 18, 2015
The Fed Gets It Right. Now Let’s Move to Full Employment
Hours before the Federal Reserve was to announce whether it would increase interest rates, several dozen protesters gathered outside Federal Reserve offices in downtown Washington to demand that the Fed keep interest rates where they are, arguing that the economy as they experience it has yet to...
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Wednesday, September 02, 2015
When Unions and Civil Rights Activists Worked Together
Rick Smith hosts a daily radio talk show based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, which bills itself as the place “where working people come to talk.” Smith makes it his business to know the pulse of the labor movement. But he admits to one area where his knowledge was uncomfortably thin: the ties between...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Reaction to Greece Austerity Deal: '#ThisIsACoup'
There is a real sense that the deal that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reached with European Union leaders is less a bailout of Greece’s economy and more of a prelude to an overthrow of the leftist Syriza majority running the country – hence the popularity Monday of the Twitter hashtag “#...
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
On Marriage Equality, Another Bend Toward Justice
Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, wearing blue T-shirts emblazoned with the name of a popular gay sports bar in Washington, were on a strategic street corner singing “The Impossible Dream,” the Supreme Court to their front and the Capitol to their rear. Following that star, no matter...
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