liberal http://wamc.org en "Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal" http://wamc.org/post/rethinking-1950s-how-anticommunism-and-cold-war-made-america-liberal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Historians generally portray the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as a conservative era when </span>anticommunism<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Cold War subverted domestic reform, crushed political dissent, and ended liberal dreams of social democracy. These years, historians tell us, represented a turn to the right, a negation of New Deal liberalism, an end to reform.</span></p><p>Jennifer Delton argues that, far from subverting the New Deal state, anticommunism and the Cold War enabled, fulfilled, and even surpassed the New Deal's reform agenda. Anticommunism solidified liberal political power and the Cold War justified liberal goals such as jobs creation, corporate regulation, economic redevelopment, and civil rights.</p><p>In her book, <em>Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal</em>, Skidmore College History Professor Jennifer Delton shows how despite President Eisenhower's professed conservatism, he maintained the highest tax rates in U.S. history, expanded New Deal programs, and supported major civil rights reforms.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81506 at http://wamc.org "Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal" "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment" by Craig Whitney http://wamc.org/post/living-guns-liberals-case-second-amendment-craig-whitney <p>In his new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1610391691/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1610391691&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1610391691" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>, Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns, showing how guns are an important part of American culture.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 53174 at http://wamc.org "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment" by Craig Whitney Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left http://wamc.org/post/howard-zinn-life-left <p>We welcome Martin Duberman to the show and speak with him about <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595586784/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1595586784&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1595586784" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 50349 at http://wamc.org Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left "America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom" http://wamc.org/post/america-you-sexy-bitch-love-letter-freedom <p>Michael Ian Black is a liberal comedian. Meghan McCain is a conservative commentator. The unlikely duo took a road trip across the country to discuss and study the state of political discourse in America. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:36:14 +0000 Joe Donahue 43933 at http://wamc.org "America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom"