Norman Solomon

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP) Views
Friday, November 16, 2018
The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep
Nancy Pelosi will probably be the next House speaker, a prospect that fills most alert progressives with disquiet, if not dread. But instead of fixating on her as a villain, progressives should recognize the long-standing House Democratic leader as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that has...
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autopsy Views
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later
In October 2017, a team of progressive researchers published “ Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis ,” which probed the causes of the disastrous 2016 election defeat. The report came in the wake of the party leadership’s failure to do its own autopsy. In a cover story for The Nation , William...
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Un village français, a French tv series, focuses on a fictional rural community that endures a tightening vise of German control for more than four years. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Tangled in the Garden of Good and Evil
The most widely acclaimed TV series ever about the Nazi occupation of France is a relentless epic with little use for the familiar images of craven collaborators and selfless resisters. Un village français focuses on a fictional rural community that endures a tightening vise of German control for...
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"In a time of perpetual war and runaway militarism, in sync with rampant corporate power, the party is currently in need of a basic course correction that can only come from the grassroots." (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Victory in Superdelegates Fight Means: Grassroots Can Win
When members of the Democratic National Committee voted to take power away from themselves and other “superdelegates” -- removing their leverage over the presidential nominating process − they took a big step toward heeding a sign that activists held outside their decisive meeting: “Democratic...
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Friday, August 17, 2018
Democrats Should Finally Put Superdelegates Behind Them
The schedulers for this coming week’s Democratic National Committee meeting either have a sly sense of irony or a touch of historical amnesia. Why else would they set the DNC’s most important vote in many years for Chicago on the day before the 50th anniversary of the start of the party’s...
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"It would be easy for news watchers to see that the Democratic Party is much more committed to a hard line against Russia than a hard line against the corporate forces imposing extreme economic inequality here at home." (Screenshot: NBC News) Views
Thursday, July 26, 2018
GOP and Corporate Dems Gain When Democrats Run Against Putin
Progressives should figure it out. Amplifying the anti-Russia din helps to drown out the left’s core messages for economic fairness, equal rights, environmental protection, diplomacy and so much more. Echoing the racket of blaming Russia for the USA’s severe shortages of democracy plays into the...
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"Clearly the needed shift won’t be initiated by the Republican or Democratic leaders in Congress; it must come from Americans who make their voices heard." (Photo: Presidential Administration of Russia) Views
Monday, July 16, 2018
Climb Down From the Summit of Hostile Propaganda
Throughout the day before the summit in Helsinki, the lead story on the New York Times home page stayed the same: “Just by Meeting With Trump, Putin Comes Out Ahead.” The Sunday headline was in harmony with the tone of U.S. news coverage overall. As for media commentary, the Washington Post was in...
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Joseph Crowley on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Susan Walsh / AP) Views
Friday, June 29, 2018
What Joe Crowley’s Defeat Has to Do With Democratic Party 'Superdelegates'
Conventional wisdom said that powerful Congressman Joseph Crowley couldn’t be beat. But his 20-year career in the House of Representatives will end in early January, with the socialist organizer who beat him in the Democratic primary in the deep-blue district poised to become Congresswoman...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
New Polls Show Anti-Trump Isn’t Enough to Beat GOP
With six months to go before the midterm election, new national polls are showing that the Democratic Party’s much-touted momentum to gain control of the House has stalled out. The latest numbers tell us a lot about the limits of denouncing Donald Trump without offering much more than a return to...
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"From the outset of the Clinton and Obama administrations, top appointees reflected and propelled the deference to oligarchic power."  (Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us
Twenty-five years ago, the so-called New Democrats were triumphant. Today, their political heirs are eager to prevent the Democratic Party from living up to its name. At stake is whether democracy will have a chance to function. A fundamental battle for democracy is in progress—a conflict over...
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