Norman Solomon

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Monday, November 09, 2020
Progressive Message to Joe Biden: Don't You Dare 'Cooperate' With Mitch McConnell
Near the end of his well-crafted victory speech Saturday night, Joe Biden decried “the refusal of Democrats and Republicans to cooperate with one another.” He went on to say that “we can decide to cooperate. And I believe that this is part of the mandate from the American people. They want us to...
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With enormous grassroots outreach that only they could credibly accomplish, progressive activists were a crucial part of the de facto united front to defeat Trump. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 06, 2020
Progressives Made Trump's Defeat Possible. Now It's Time to Challenge Biden and Other Corporate Democrats.
The evident defeat of Donald Trump would not have been possible without the grassroots activism and hard work of countless progressives. Now, on vital issues—climate, healthcare, income inequality, militarism, the prison-industrial complex, corporate power and so much more—it’s time to engage with...
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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Why Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg Are So Adamant About the Imperative of Defeating Trump
"There is a kind of an official view about democracy—it says that you, the public, are spectators not participants,” activist and scholar Noam Chomsky points out in a new video. “You have a function. The function is to show up every couple of years, push a lever, go home, don't bother the important...
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I urge Green Party members in battleground states to do the right thing and vote not for Hawkins but for Biden. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Views
Monday, October 19, 2020
Why a Former Green Party Candidate Is on a Very Long Fast—Urging Progressives to Vote for Biden to Defeat Trump
In ordinary times, Ted Glick would hardly be someone you’d expect to hear urging fellow progressives to vote for the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. During the first 18 years of this century, Glick was an active member of the Green Party. He ran for the U.S. Senate as the Green Party’s...
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 Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech at the William Hicks Anderson Community Center, on July 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
All Left Hands on Deck. Step 1: Defeat Trump. Step 2: Challenge Biden
The extreme dangers of this political moment have forced leftists to face contradictory truths about Joe Biden. At once, he can be seen as dreadful and essential. A longtime servant of corporate America and a politician of last resort. The current top functionary for neoliberalism and the...
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Pence embodies the political alliance of very conservative evangelical forces with anti-regulatory forces of corporatism. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 05, 2020
The Man Who Would Be President: Mike Pence, Corporate Theocrat
If President Trump dies from the coronavirus that has killed more than 200,000 Americans largely due to his deliberate negligence, the man replacing him will be no less dangerous. While Mike Pence has eluded tough media scrutiny -- in part because he exhibits such a low-key style in contrast to...
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U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a press briefing with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on April 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Friday, the CDC issued a recommendation that all Americans should wear masks or cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tax Revelations and Corporate Media Won't Defeat Trump
The big banner headline across the top of the New York Times homepage as Tuesday got underway—“TRUMP’S TAXES SHOW CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE”—might give the impression that Donald Trump is finally on the verge of political downfall. Don’t believe it for a moment. The same kind of...
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The need is now crystal clear for progressives nationwide: Organize and volunteer to boost the Biden vote against Trump in the dozen swing states. (Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 24, 2020
We’ve Got Our Own Reasons to Elect Biden—and He Isn’t One of Them
Many people are now painfully aware that the United States is on the verge of falling under an iron fist of repressive rule, crushing basic democratic possibilities, if Donald Trump gets a second term as president. Yet the Democratic Party nominee is weak, uninspiring, often inarticulate and apt to...
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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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