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Wisconsin-Born Marcus Raskin Shaped Progressive Politics Of Two Centuries


Wisconsin-Born Marcus Raskin Shaped Progressive Politics Of Two Centuries

John Nichols

Raskin never lost faith in that prospect of universal justice.

"Fiercely opposed to the Iraq War, Raskin wrote in 2007: "(The) United States must avoid making more global messes. The nuclear option must be removed from the table, including threats of 'preemptive' and 'preventive' war." (Photo: Twitter)


Thank You, Mr. Solomon, for informing us on hope for the upper midwest.

Unfortunately, it is fading with the likes of Mr. Raskin moving on.

I find your framework of reporting itself a little “centrist”, or, not open enough.


It is easy to see why Raskin’s ideals never came to fruition. They were a tremendous threat to the monied class. The idea of sharing the wealth, of allowing workers the fruits of their labors would turn the world of the wealthy upside down. They could never have enough money. And so began the campaign to destroy labor unions which were a real threat to life as they knew it. Every advancement in pay for workers was money directly taken out of the pockets of owners. We were fed the ideas by Ayn Rand that standing on one’s own two feet was the only worthy way to achieve success and that the poor will alway be with us; that poverty is the fault of those who live in it; that education is the way out. And now we are at the point where higher education is the way into poverty with young people taking on loans they might never pay off and parents taking on loans that will not allow them to save for their retirement. Mr. Raskin was an idealist. He laid out a plan for society that had to be countered, but slyly. The wealthy will always be with us, it appears. They play us against each other. We are soaked in their schemes to turn selfishness into a virtue and economic justice into an impossible dream.