Norman Solomon

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"Trump’s right-wing base and leading Republicans are in lockstep with both types of denial. They embrace the most absurd claims about climate ... And they refuse to recognize or deplore his autocratic moves," writes Solomon. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Views
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Trump’s Climate Denial Gains Strength If We’re in Denial About His Neo-Fascism
Spiking temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, catastrophic hurricanes and unprecedented wildfires are clear signs of a climate emergency caused by humans. Denying the awful reality makes the situation worse. The same can be said of denial about the current momentum toward fascism under...
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"The entrenched system is heavily weighted—always has been—against the interests of working people, women, people of color, the poor and others deprived of power by structural inequities," writes Solomon. "We always have to keep organizing and putting up a fight." (Photo: DonkeyHotey/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Presidential Election: 'A 200-Pound Sack of Concrete' vs. 'The Orange Menace'
At a time when long-winded polemics and punditry about the upcoming presidential election are all over the place, a longtime progressive populist author and agitator has just summarized it all in less than a minute. "Hi, Jim Hightower here," a just-released video begins, "with a message for...
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President Donald J. Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing on Marine One on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Washington DC. (Photo: Sarah Silbiger for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Four Years Ago, We Warned That Trump Could Win. Now, We’re Warning Again.
Five days before the election that put Donald Trump in the White House, a 2016 article we wrote appeared under the headline “ Dangerous Myths About Trump That Some Progressives Cling To .” The piece warned progressive activists about “three key myths”: Myth #1: “Trump can’t win.” Myth #2: “If Trump...
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Twin Imperatives: Defeat President Trump This Fall, Challenge President Biden from Day One
One result of the Republican convention will be a drop in the number of progressives who are in denial about the Trump regime’s momentum toward fascism. This week’s relentlessly unhinged GOP gathering has probably done more to win votes for Joe Biden from the left than last week’s Democratic...
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at Berston Field House in Flint, Michigan on March 9, 2020. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, August 06, 2020
A 2020 Imperative: Why the Left Must Reject and Elect Biden at the Same Time
In the next three months, a dozen states will determine whether Donald Trump wins another four years as president. Those swing states should be central to the work of progressives who are determined to prevent that outcome. With so much at stake, we can’t afford the luxury of devoting time and...
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Just as Biden’s chances of winning the presidency would improve if he embraced Medicare for All, his prospects would also be enhanced by adopting popular positions that are especially important to racial minorities. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 31, 2020
Why Bernie Sanders Delegates Should Keep Fighting
As a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention beginning Aug. 17, I feel two main responsibilities. One is to help defeat Donald Trump. The other is to keep fighting hard for a progressive agenda. With the presidential election looming, those goals might seem to conflict. But...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses supporters during a campaign rally on March 8, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sanders covered his policy agendas for immigration, women's rights, healthcare and economic inequality. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 16, 2020
'Not Him... Us': On the Ultimate Meaning of the Bernie Sanders Campaign
"Eugene V. Debs is Bernie Sanders' political hero," the Washington Post reported with evident distaste while the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination was raging in early 2016. "A picture of the socialist union organizer hung in city hall when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont. A...
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For Khanna and Lee (above)—two of the most eloquent and effective members of Congress on matters of war and peace—the upcoming convention offers an opportunity to directly challenge the Democratic Party’s default embrace of what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism."(Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Views
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee Could Defy "the Madness of Militarism" as Co-Chairs of the Democratic Convention’s Biggest Delegation
One of the few encouraging surprises in the lead-up to the 2020 Democratic National Convention is that co-chairs of California’s huge delegation will include Representatives Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee. Progressive activism made it possible—winning caucus races to elect strong Bernie Sanders...
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130 Sanders delegates (including me) from congressional districts across the state—90 percent of all such Sanders delegates—have signed a statement calling for Khanna to be the delegation chair. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Progressives Must Fight With—and In—the Democratic Party
After defying the odds and defeating corporate opponents on Tuesday, the strong progressives Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones are headed to Congress from New York—and there’s no way it would be happening if they hadn’t been willing and able to put up a fight in Democratic primaries. The same was...
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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speak during a press conference following a vote in the U.S. House on ending US military involvement in the war in Yemen, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 18, 2020
California “Berning” for Ro Khanna to Chair the State’s Delegation to Democratic National Convention
The Democratic Party is at a crossroads in California, where Bernie Sanders defeated Joe Biden in the presidential primary three months ago, winning more than half of the state’s delegates to the national convention. In recent days, over 110 Sanders delegates—just elected in “virtual caucuses”...
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