All Articles on Ronald Reagan

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Punishing the Poor: Welfare Reform and Its Democratic Apologists
A defining feature of Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 presidential bid—a feature that would animate his political career from that point forward—was his theatrical depiction of welfare recipients. While he demonized the welfare system as a whole in familiar terms , Reagan's ire was largely...
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The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats
The numbers don't lie. The notion that angry blue collar voters could sway the election just may not be true.
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Did The Beatles Help Fuel The Reagan Revolution?
Overcrowded classrooms. Crumbling bridges. Shuttered libraries. These have become our everyday realities after over a generation of tax-cutting political bravado. A shrinking middle class. Rising dead-end poverty. The splurges of a new super rich. These have also become the markers of our time. Is...
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Outrage After Hillary Clinton Falsely Credits Reagans for AIDS 'Advocacy'
'Offensive, revisionist bullshit.'
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Reaganism Has Been The Problem — Bernie Sanders Is The Solution
The nation is progressive, but it keeps being told it can't have the economy or politics that both wants, deserves, and so desperately needs
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Police Fatalities Much Lower Than Under Reagan, Yet Walker Blames Obama
Yesterday, in a guest column in the aptly named Hot Air , Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker blamed President Obama for the "disturbing trend of police officers being murdered on the job." Walker, frantically trying to catch-up to Donald Trump in the not-so-thinly-disguised racism department, says...
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Is the 'Culture War' Over?
Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented that conservative Christians are losing the culture war. Brooks suggested that conservative Christians shift focus and “nurture stable families.” But Brooks is wrong; the culture war isn’t over. Conservatives are stuck in a war they can’t win...
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Are We Better Off Than We Were 40 Years Ago?
In 1980, Ronald Reagan, trying to defeat Jimmy Carter’s bid for a second term as president, asked, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” A conservative turn in American politics was already underway and, campaigning on that question, Reagan rode the wave into the presidency. Forty...
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The Resurrection of Gary Webb: Will Hollywood Give Journalist Last Word Against CIA’s Media Apologists?
It’s been almost a decade since once-luminous investigative journalist Gary Webb extinguished his own life. It’s been 18 years since Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series in the San Jose Mercury News exploded across a new medium – the Internet – and definitively linked crack cocaine in Los Angeles and...
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Journalist and author Dave Zirin. (Portrait by Robert Shetterly / americanswhotellthetruth.org) Views
The Sports Page and the Common Good: On Painting Journalist Dave Zirin
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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