The Anderson File

Castro’s Cuba: The good and the bad

When Fidel Castro died, conservatives told us that he was a uniquely horrible dictator. These are the same people who have defended U.S. support...

Is this an extinction-level event for American labor?

The labor movement has been reviving in recent years but now it faces stormy weather with the presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court...

You want it, you got it

Many Americans wanted big change this year. A majority of voters in a nationwide Election Day exit poll by Reuters/Ipsos agreed that “America needs...

The world will miss Tom Hayden

Whatever the future holds and as satisfying as my life is today,” Tom Hayden wrote in his 1988 memoir, “I miss the ’60s and...

Our mirror image of ISIS

This election year has been so peculiar that it is easy to overlook some unusual events. At the United Nations, a prominent official lambasted a...

The alt-right is invigorated

Recently, former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien said the network and other news outlets are “normalizing” white supremacists in their coverage of Donald Trump. Hillary...

Choosing terrain for activism

What if America had a parliamentary system? What if we got rid of the presidency and the Senate and turned the House of Representatives...

GOP racism and Trump

Donald Trump’s zigzags on race can be confusing. He holds a polite, presidential-style press conference with the president of Mexico and then goes to...

Syria and progressives

Earlier this year, scholar and journalist Idrees Ahmad penned a scathing piece on Medium.com entitled “Aleppo is our Guernica  —  and some are cheering...

Putin’s got a friend in Trump

The Trump-Putin controversies have stirred memories of the Cold War. But the world has changed. The Soviet Union was a peculiar animal. The regime emerged from...

Trump, TPP and progressives

Donald Trump is portrayed in the mainstream media as the primary critic of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is ironic since the coalition against...

Lessons from Nixon and Kent State

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, We’re finally on our own. This summer I hear the drumming Four dead in Ohio. — Neil Young, “Ohio” Something ugly...
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