“So I Ran for Congress”: Sneak Preview Redux

In 2016, Arik Bjorn ran for Congress against Joe “You Lie!” Wilson as the Democratic Party / Green Party fusion candidate in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. Arik has been a regular contributor to Forward Progressives since 2013. Below is an interview excerpt from Arik’s new book, So I Ran for Congress, which is available in paperback or on Kindle via […]

Bernin’ the Midnight Oil on the Congress Campaign Trail

Mom taps me on the shoulder and whispers, “Arik, you’ve fallen asleep at your desk again.” “Living wage,” words uttered through my slumber.  “Healthcare, human right.” She taps me again.  “Son, wake up.” I open my eyes.  My elbow is resting on the keyboard, and my upcoming presentation draft has become a screen filled with […]

There’s a Better Way: The Fresh Air of Good Government

A Brief Presentation to the Lexington County Democratic Party Executive Committee Neighbors, I invite you to take a deep breath.  Inhale.  Exhale. How did it feel?  I don’t know about you, but I feel refreshed.  Almost the entire day, I breathed the air of Good Government, in a public library. This evening, again, I breathe […]

Inspired by Bernie: Let Those Who Can, Run in November ’16

November 2012. There before me, an empty space on the election ballot. Not one progressive had dared oppose the incumbent.  His tenure in office was marred by admitted “inappropriate and regrettable” behavior, yet he ran unchallenged. The blinking cursor thumbed its nose at me, keenly aware that whatever name I wrote in—be it “Johnny Appleseed” […]

How to Be a More Active Presidential Primary Progressive in Six Easy Steps

This list is not intended to be didactic.  Revise it.  Expand it.  Print it and use it as cat litter box liner.  Feel free to do with it as you please.  But I have a feeling it will be helpful to more than a few folks out there who want to make a difference but […]

OMG, Sarah Palin Stuck a Banana in Her — The Problem with Personality-Driven Politics

The human beings who designed our republic took great pains to ensure that our political processes be stripped of monarchical trappings. Yet 200-plus years into this democracy science fair experiment, our political system finds itself controlled by a narcissistic overlord: when it comes to politics in the United States of America, Personality is king. We […]

What the Best Movies of the Past Year Taught Me about Politics

When I say best movies of the last year, I have to admit that I’ve only seen a handful of new movies and that I count movies that released late 2013. I should also admit that I am a nerd. And while most of the literature I read is non-fiction, serious and usually devoted to […]

How to Be a More Active Progressive in Seven Easy Steps

a re-reissuance Something is wrong in the United States.  Really wrong. So wrong that a woman who was very near to becoming the Vice President thinks that the First Family lives at the Willard Hotel. (Nice place, by the way—stayed there once myself. Even the storage closet starts at $250 a night. But it ain’t […]

Prescription Drugs Cause Mass Shootings? That’s Ridiculous!

There’s an article making the rounds talking about prescription psychotropic drugs, and how they are the one thing in common with “nearly” all mass shootings. That’s your key word; “nearly.” First of all, it needs to be said the article isn’t entirely wrong. Psychotropic drugs are dangerous when applied incorrectly. Too little or too much […]

The Awkward Moment When the Tea Party Realizes They’ve Been Pawns

Remember when the Tea Party first came out? Remember the signs? Remember how easy it was to accuse them of reactionary racism? And remember what Tea Party folks were saying in their defense? I’m sure many of them were genuine, and may not have wanted to associate with some of their own racist founders (like […]