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Frederick Douglass on Capitalism, Slavery, and the 'Arrant Nonsense' of Socialism

Frederick Douglass heard a lot of arrant nonsense from American socialists in those days. That's because most socialists thought the anti-slavery movement ... eloquent critics of socialism. Damon Root is a senior editor of Reason magazine and the author ... read more

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass: Lincoln's thorn and partner, speaking on the fifth of July, 1852

At an Independence Day meeting sponsored by the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in 1852, the former slave Frederick Douglass delivered one of the nineteenth century's greatest orations. His theme was the contradiction between American slavery and ... read more

Why the Reactionary Right Must Be Taken Seriously

In Russia, Vladimir Putin has driven his country from postcommunist capitalism to a new and popular czardom ... a man who has barely read a book in his life, seems to think Frederick Douglass is still alive, and who’d last less than a few seconds ... read more

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Despite fights about its merits, idea of American exceptionalism a powerful force through history

The westward expansion was driven largely by Southerners who wanted to farm the land and expand American slavery. But abolitionists like Frederick Douglass also appropriated American exceptionalism, arguing that the nation’s “peculiar institution ... read more

Frederick Douglass Hated Socialism

"The attempts to place holding property in the soil—on the same footing as holding property in man, was most lame and impotent," Douglass declared. "And the wonder is that anyone could listen with patience to such arrant nonsense." Douglass heard a lot ... read more

The hidden agenda of Obama's opposition

Is the US Tea Party movement a racial backlash against President Obama? A new study by Angie Maxwell from the University of Arkansas, and Wayne Parent from Louisiana State University, assesses whether racial attitudes are contributing to Tea Party ... read more

Trump, the American Pim Fortuyn

But some days Trumpism looks like the future. Instead of parties divided by questions of political economy — crudely speaking, socialism or capitalism — we may be having debates between the globalized economy and actual communities: market or nation. read more

How progressives talk about July 4 and our national history

As I always do, I really enjoyed Meteor Blades' post about July 4, which centers on Frederick Douglass' iconic speech "The Meaning ... in operation which must inevitably work the downfall of slavery. "The arm of the Lord is not shortened," and the doom ... read more

Identity Politics Ruin Everything

A reader writes about a controversy at his alma mater “that likely would have made it to the national headlines and possibly created a Charlottesville-level event if wind of it had gotten to the wrong people.” I have, at his request, taken out the name ... read more

Despite fights about its merits, idea of American exceptionalism a powerful force through history

The westward expansion was driven largely by Southerners who wanted to farm the land and expand American slavery. But abolitionists like Frederick Douglass also appropriated American exceptionalism, arguing that the nation’s “peculiar institution ... read more


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