A few weeks before I left California, my wife and I were driving down Telegraph Avenue, the iconic street in Berkeley/Oakland near the University of California that Sixties activism made famous. On this particular afternoon, a man was standing to the side of the busy street, picking up large chunks of wood and throwing them at cars as they drove by him. Was it dangerous? Yes. Could someone have been hurt? Absolutely. Was it sad to see someone in such a troubled state? Definitely. Was he mentally ill, or on Meth, or both? Very possible. But none of that was what truly bothered me on that beautiful summer day. It was my own reaction. A shrug. Resignation. After all, something like this happened every day in our little corner of the Golden State. It was typical. Another afternoon in Oakland. Another day in the Bay.Another dystopian moment in the state that once defined the “good life.”


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This Week in the New York Times

Episode 14: “Morning Joe” Scarborough decries political tribalism as he stokes it * Steve Bannon, grifter or holy warrior?

In this new live program, Jeff Salzman gives his unique post-progressive take on the news and opinion of the day. This Week in the New York Times will take place live on Facebook every Friday, at 11am MT (10am PT, 12pm CT, and 1pm ET). If you miss it live, you will be able to watch each episode on the Post-Progressive Facebook Group or here at the Post-Progressive Post.

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The Post-Progressive Club (PPC) is a new nonprofit membership association for people who identify with the emerging post-progressive perspective. Through conversation and fellowship, we are exploring and advancing a new kind of cultural and political higher ground.

The Institute for Cultural Evolution is a vibrant and growing nonprofit organization that needs and deserves your support. This year, as #GivingTuesday approaches on November 30th, we ask you to consider “giving upstream.” Giving upstream means donating to organizations that are working on the roots of our society’s problems. No matter which political issue concerns you most, be it climate change, social justice, or inflation and deficit spending—progress on that issue is being stymied by America's gridlocked political condition.


This series of graphics shows how America’s three major worldviews—progressive, modern, and traditional—map onto the familiar political spectrum of left and right. As journalist George Packer writes in The Atlantic Magazine, there are now “four Americas,” which he labels Just America, Smart America, Free America, and Real America. We identify these same categories as Caring Values, Fairness Values, Liberty Values, and Heritage Values.