Xenophobia: This, Too, Will Pass  

We are currently enduring one of America’s periodic freak-outs about immigration. State legislators rush to enact laws allowing police to grill anyone they suspect of lacking the right documents, leading Republicans advocate repealing the “birthright” section of the Fourteenth Amendment, …









Introduction  

“The Socialist movement is as wide as the world,” Eugene V. Debs told the large crowds that came to hear him all over the United States, “… its mission is to win the world, the whole world, from animalism, and …



A New Popular Front  

What has happened to Craig Becker illustrates why progressives are disappointed by the first year of the Obama administration—and why they should not stop supporting it. A year ago, Obama nominated Becker, a distinguished lawyer who has worked for the …







Outsized Hopes, Absurd Fears  

Beware the historical analogy. When Barack Obama took office, pundits compared the economic crisis he faced to the Great Depression. Naturally, the new liberal president would become another FDR; one magazine even portrayed him waving confidently from an open car, …







Symposium 1968: Michael Kazin  

It’s tempting to view 1968 in the United States and Western Europe as a repetition of 1848—and, contrary to Marx’s axiom, one fully as tragic the second time around. In both years, radical movements mainly of the young made daring, …



Michael Kazin Responds  

Susan Jacoby writes under a misconception. I did not advocate that all American progressives should justify their politics by referring to the Sermon on the Mount or other biblical passages that imply that God is just. Rather, my point was …