“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 […]

Donald Trump Perfectly Illustrates How Stupid American Politics Has Become

Over two years ago, I wrote an article titled “We’re No Longer A Democracy, We’re An Idiocracy.” That story was penned in the face of a government shutdown, engineered by current presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The federal government shut down on October 1st, and it lasted about two weeks. After that fiasco, American voters should […]

Bernie Sanders Is Right, Donald Trump Is A ‘Pathological Liar’

Despite the predictions of many political experts, Donald Trump is still leading the Republican primary polls just weeks away from the Iowa caucuses. When he first announced his campaign, many of us in the media assumed that this was a publicity stunt that would quickly dissipate like the 2012 Herman Cain debacle. What we failed […]

Bobby Jindal Tries #AskBobby Q&A On Twitter, Goes Down In Flames

My governor, Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, is one of many Republicans running for the party’s presidential nomination in 2016. With so many candidates in the race, anything he could do to get an edge on the competition would have been a welcome to his campaign, which is currently sitting in the low single digits in the […]

The “Facebook Privacy Notice” Is False, Please Stop Posting It

Once again, the “Facebook Privacy Notice” has gone viral, even though it has been debunked for years now. Facebook even responded with a message back in 2012 which addressed the false rumor that claimed by uploading to Facebook, users basically forfeited their rights. It’s kind of scary to some people, the idea that their personal information […]

President Obama was Right: The Truth About Violence and the World in Which We Live

On Friday, President Obama made a comment about social media that’s apparently offended a few folks. Shocking, right? That never happens. Well, this particular comment pertained to social media and how it affects how we view the world. Obama said, “And the truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we’re […]

Exposing Facebook’s Blatant Hypocrisy When It Comes to Its Stance on Net Neutrality

Before I continue, I want to say that I’m a big fan of Facebook – that is, the Facebook of a few years ago.  I still think the site offers one of the best platforms for people to connect with one another, share information and stay informed about whatever topics it is that they find […]

5 Wonderful Ways Reddit is Far Better than Facebook

Over the last few months, I’ve spent more and more time on Reddit and less and less on Facebook. Between the “like farming” of pages using images of sick children, injured pets or soldiers reuniting with their kids to make money and the ever-changing screwy algorithms used to determine who gets to see what statuses […]

Has Facebook got you down? It might not be your imagination.

Do you ever feel like Facebook leaves you down in the dumps? Feeling kind of blue? If it does, you are not alone. It is not just you and it is not just your imagination. A recent study, “Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults,” looked at just that question. It is […]