Simon Greer

Here are 9 simple ways to practice 'radical neighboring' while maintaining social distance

As we create “social distance” to protect ourselves and our loved ones and “flatten the curve,” we are also facing fear.

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'Trump’s divisiveness will soon be over': How Biden converts progressive values into mainstream support

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s stunning Super Tuesday victory, in which he swept at least nine of 14 states, has been attributed mostly to a variety of important tactical developments. These include South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn’s endorsement, leading to the momentum producing a blowout victory in South Carolina, and the consolidation of moderate candidates such as Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar behind Biden.

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Many progressives have a conservative belief system — can we all come together?

It’s part of my regular commute, but I continue to draw inspiration as I drive into Manhattan’s Midtown tunnel and read the words E Pluribus Unum minted on the giant golden door of the newly renovated tunnel. To me, it means that through our individual uniqueness and our diverse, different traditions, a whole cloth can be made—but the distinctiveness of each (individual and group) thread is allowed to flourish. By stitching these fabrics together, the beauty of each particular tradition is more visible.

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This key element is missing from progressive politics

When George W. Bush coined the term “compassionate conservatism,” it sounded like an oxymoron to many of us who had lived through the harsh and unforgiving conservatism of the ’80s and ’90s. It sounded disingenuous. Ideas like compassion, forgiveness and redemption were more typically associated with progressives and liberals. Their rhetoric was very much influenced and informed by the faithful inspiration of the civil rights movement, and these ideas were abundant.

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Why it matters that the spirit of love is missing from progressive politics

When George W. Bush coined the term “compassionate conservatism,” it sounded like an oxymoron to many of us who had lived through the harsh and unforgiving conservatism of the ’80s and ’90s. It sounded disingenuous. Ideas like compassion, forgiveness and redemption were more typically associated with progressives and liberals. Their rhetoric was very much influenced and informed by the faithful inspiration of the civil rights movement, and these ideas were abundant.

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Is there common ground on the immigration debate between conservatives and progressives?

The divides in America aren’t just a media creation, or expressions at the ballot box. They exist at the values level—and they can be hard to swallow if the values aren’t yours. But understanding others’ values is a key to breaking through our divided politics.

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The surprising stereotype is actually an obstacle to reforming America’s incarceration crisis

The American criminal justice system is broken. On this, most Americans agree, regardless of their political leanings. President Trump’s announcement that he supports a moderate bipartisan incarceration reform bill moving through Congress, called the First Step Act, was met with Van Jones’ enthusiastic applause.

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Here's How We Can Create a Common-Good Politics

Way back in 2004, I was in Ohio in the run-up to that year’s presidential election. I had a chance to talk to a woman who was one of the undecided “values voters” who would become folklore among political strategists and pundits in the ensuing years.

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Should Progressives Demonize or Try to Find Common Ground With 60 Million People Dealing With Economic Anxiety Who Vote for Racist Politicians?

In a recent conversation with a friend, I yet again found myself grappling with an opinion shared by many liberals: that Trump supporters are motivated not by “economic anxiety,” but by sheer racism. This notion is now quite widespread, having been passed around and repeated until it’s treated like received wisdom. The reality is, while race is always at play in the United States, it’s simply inaccurate to reduce 60 million Americans to racist voters. Treating them as such will prove ineffective in advancing Democrats’ electoral goals, and is also dangerous to the entire project of turning our country around.

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The Democratic Party Should Adopt These 4 Priorities to Win Back Blue-Collar Voters

Recent coverage of Ohio’s leading Democrats, Sherrod Brown and Richard Cordray, has shown a pattern of Democrats trying to return to their blue-collar roots and talking about bread-and-butter economics—issues like retirement security—as a way to gain traction in the run-up to the 2018 elections. By juxtaposing truly populist ideas against a number of the economic policies that the Trump administration is advancing, these and other Democrats hope to gain ground with white working-class voters, among others.

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