Theo Ander­son is an In These Times con­tribut­ing writer. He has a Ph.D. in mod­ern U.S. his­to­ry from Yale and writes on the intel­lec­tu­al and reli­gious his­to­ry of con­ser­vatism and pro­gres­sivism in the Unit­ed States. Fol­low him on Twit­ter @Theoanderson7.
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The RNC Shows the GOP’s Base Is Getting Smaller and Angrier
Conservatives, once a self-proclaimed "silent majority," have become a loud, defensive minority.
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RNC Day 1: The Real World, Cleveland
Reality TV star Donald Trump brings his show to Cleveland, where the GOP party faithful are plotting to vote Hillary Clinton off the island.
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Hillary Clinton and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
Do young people oppose Clinton because they're sexist—or because they're looking for something more in politics?
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Why Evangelicals Are Flocking To Donald Trump
Trump is beating Bible-thumping Ted Cruz among evangelicals. What do they see in a formerly pro-choice New York real estate mogul?
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How Iowa’s Independent Streak Explains Bernie Sanders’ Meteoric Rise
Iowans have a long history of breaking from party orthodoxy. Our reporting from the state shows that could be good news for Sanders on February 1.
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What Is Actually Radical About Bernie Sanders’ Democratic Socialism Isn’t the Socialism
It isn't a particularly radical political vision—it's an unflinching commitment to democracy.
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3 Winners and 3 Losers from the Second Democratic Debate
Parsing the results of the Iowa debate.
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Why Bernie Sanders Will Win This Election—Even If He Doesn’t Win the White House
American voters are mad as hell, and the rise of Sanders shows that they're not going to take it anymore.
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Would Jesus Vote for Bernie Sanders?
With the decline of culture war issues and the rise of crises like climate change, Bernie might actually be able to win over young evangelicals.
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Progressive Democrats of America Bring Movement Pressure to Dems Through Bernie Sanders Campaign
Thanks to social media campaigns and behind-the-scenes work from the Progressive Democrats of America, Sanders' chances at president have become a reality.
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Our Real ‘Munich Moment’ Isn’t Over Negotiations with Iran—It’s on Climate Change
We are, indeed on the brink of global disaster, but not because of our negotiations with Iran.
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The Political Genius of Bernie Sanders’ Socialism
Bernie's socialism isn’t a “charade.” It’s a provocation—and a brilliant one, at that.
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Why Bernie Sanders Is the Perfect Candidate for This Moment in American Politics
Sanders's laser-like focus on inequality is perfectly in sync with the nation's current political climate.
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The GOP and ALEC’s War on Cities
The Right has hijacked Congress and State Houses. Now it's coming for the cities.
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Storming the Corporate Castle: Does Shareholder Activism Work?
Shareholder activism has sparked major wins for progressives, but the strategy has also spurred debate.
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Tending Dixie’s Racial Wounds
Does a story-sharing program offer a chance at Southern reconciliation?
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Texas: The Blue Frontier
Texas won't turn blue from the top down, but it may already be doing so from the ground up.
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“Employers Feel Wildly Free To Pay People However They Want”: An Interview with Kim Bobo
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Terkel’s Torch-Bearers
Meet the new generation of oral historians.
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New Hampshire Rebellion
Activists march for campaign-finance reform in the Granite State.
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Judgment Day for Payday Lenders
Religious groups in the South fight a predatory practice.
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The Deal That Never Died
The New Deal's still all around us
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Stamp of Disapproval
Activists and union workers fight to stop the U.S. Postal Service from shedding buildings and jobs.
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Yinzers Toss Teach for America
An embattled public school system fights back against privatization.
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Uh-oh, We F**ked Our Mother
Our Oedipal relationship with Mother Earth.
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Water, Water, Nowhere
When water becomes scarce, conservatives become environmentalists.
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‘The Colorado Model’
Voting just got easier in Colorado.
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Shock and Awww
What is most likely to make people go vegetarian?
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Giant Green Steps
What needs to happen to pass global warming legislation?
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10 Things George W. Bush and Dennis Rodman Have in Common
Ten years after the Iraq War began, some curious similarities between the Decider and the Worm.
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The Revolution Will Be Capitalized
State-owned banks can offer low-interest credit and local investment capital. But do they have a future?
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Minimum Wage, Maximum Stimulus
There's an easy way to stimulate the economy.
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Parks and Referendum
A fight to save a local park taps into the global movement for public space.
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Was Hurricane Sandy God’s Judgment on Republicans?
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The GOP’s Year of Magical Thinking
Now that the election charade is over, will the party accept reality?
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End Times for Michele Bachmann?
Hamming for the Right, without bringing home the bacon, may have put Bachmann in electoral jeopardy.
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A Third-Party Breakthrough
The Working Families Party tips a race in upstate New York.
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Progressive Star of Texas
Beto O'Rourke is on his way to shake up Congress.
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Meet ‘Me-Too’ Mitt
All Romney is saying is: Give peace a chance. And other curiosities from the last presidential debate.
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Was It Something I Said?
Obama gets peeved--and prevails over Romney--in the second presidential debate.
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VP Debate: Only the Strong Survive
Paul Ryan is wrong that "projecting strength" will solve all of America's problems. But it does win debates.
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Workers’ Rights at the Ballot Box
Labor flexes its political muscle in the Midwest.
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Obama: Forever Zung
Three (unsurprising) surprises from his first-debate zinging.
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A Good Ole Boys’ Family Feud
As Romney sinks, Republicans turn on each other, and the 'Southern strategy' implodes at last.
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5 Mysteries from the DNC
Who's afraid of Obamacare, are unions dead and other questions arising from Charlotte
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Democrats Go for The Jugular
On the first night of the DNC, the speakers hit the GOP's perceived strength: family
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The GOP Parties Like It’s 1984
The script of the Republican National Convention reads like a Rambo reboot, with Democrats as the villains.
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The GOP Goes All-In on the Tea Party
A tight Tea Party race in Indiana--and the Akin uproar--could determine control of the Senate.
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