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Fear and Loathing

This is an article I wrote during the early days of the New Progressive Alliance. Little seems to have changed as both major parties use fear (Democrats) and loathing (Republicans) to insure we remain on the same disastrous course. It is interesting historically to me as the last time I quoted Zakaria and McCain approvingly.

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Don't Fall for Ron Paul

There are many areas where progressives and libertarians agree and can cooperate to the benefit of both. These include more ballot access for third parties, illumination of the futility of supporting the democratic-republican Uniparty, supporting constitutional rights, skepticism of  getting involved in foreign wars, and more openness in economic matters. The NPA has cooperated with libertarians in increasing ballot access. In Georgia Tea Partiers and the environmentalists have joined forces, called themselves "Green Tea," and opposed nuclear while encouraging solar energy. In Wisconsin a similar story. While we encourage cooperation where possible, we should not forget that there are significant differences between us. Much of what libertarians claim is an intellectual fantasy. We should keep in mind this article by Anthony Noel, one of our founders. If you would like to also read some excellent  comments on this article, see Don't Fall for Ron Paul.

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Grayson, Kucinich, Warren and The Road to Hell

(In the fall of 2010, many of us were wondering what was taking so long for the Democratic Party's new president to act when he had overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress for almost two solid years. We optimistically thought we would see a lot of action "any time now!" Others knew better and could see the writing on the wall. Anthony Noel, a co-founder of NPA, was one of those people. We reprint here a piece which first appeared at MyFDL. - Ed.)

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Widespread Police Misconduct and an Expanding Prison Population

    When I was growing up my father always said that a policeman was your friend who would always help you out.  In the United States and world wide that is no longer an accurate description.

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Candidates Who Support the Unified Platform

In 2012, the New Progressive Alliance endorsed 54 candidates from 23 states who publicly endorsed and pledged to work for the commonsense policies outlined in the Unified Platform (UP). Those candidates sought seats ranging from school boards to sheriff to U.S. Congress (both houses) to the presidency - THREE for that last office alone!

Candidate endorsements of the UP continue to come in, with two 2014 gubernatorial candidates (in CA and PA) leading the way! This page provides more information about the brave men and women who are blazing the trail for the future of democracy in America. That trail is wholly different than that which the Democratic and Republican parties take us down election after election, with the same predictable result: A disenfranchised working class and ever-more enriched military-industrial-Wall Street complex.

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Thoughts and Hope from Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges is a man who has devoted his life to revealing unpleasant truths, even on pain of being fired from the New York Times or imprisonment. His writing is insightful and useful for those of us striving for real change.

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Entertaining 2 Minute Animation

An entertaining 2 minute animation on Bill Moyer's website with more than a grain of truth can be found by clicking here.

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The Environment

There are many areas where both republicans and democrats, while claiming to be different, follow identical policies to the detriment of all. Most areas can be corrected over time, but the environment is different. While other areas can be corrected for future generations, there is a strong and growing consensus among scientists that if we reach certain tipping points, there is no turning back. Future generations may judge us very harshly.

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Civil Rights

We do not become a safer or stronger nation through civil rights violations. We all should be concerned about the ever increasing number of rights we are losing that this article documents.

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Continuous Wars

Wars are more than very expensive in lives and money. (Ask a veteran or teacher whose support has been cut because it is "unaffordable.") The longer they are the less effective they become. How many wars are we fighting now? Certainly we are fighting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Bahrain, Syria and are beating the drums for war in Iran. Author Kevin Gosztola suggests an even more expanded list and says, "Altogether, that makes 74 nations where the US is fighting or “helping” some force in some proxy struggle..." (See reference 116) This article documents that the policy of expanding the number and scope of wars remain constant and unchanging in both parties.

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