The search for a unifying progressive theme continues …

Over at TomPaine, my friend Paul Waldman throws his two cents into the endless debate about what the left's grand unifying theme should be.

Waldman says we should embrace a simple message: we're all in it together. Not only does it define our beliefs, but it also contrasts with the right's belief that each of us is in it for ourselves, struggling through a Hobbesian world where life is cold, brutal and short.

It's a good framework to hang all sorts of progressive economic policies; it fits with progressive taxation, a living wage, pension security and universal healthcare -- all the good things we should be talking about. And, as Waldman says, it does it without evoking the idea of personal sacrifice.

Personally, I'm dubious that the left can ever adopt a consistent message -- we don't tend to walk in lock-step on anything. But give it a read and throw in your own two cents.


Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.