Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is executive editor of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

House Democrats Play Dirty to Shut Out Progressive New Voices

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In the fall of 1999, a young Democratic state senator from the South Side of Chicago decided to take on the area’s longtime congressman, Bobby Rush, in the following year’s Democratic primary. Convinced he had something new and fresh to offer voters, and encouraged by his political consigliere Dan Shomon, the senator nonetheless received numerous warnings from more established pols that he had embarked on a fool’s errand — and sure enough, when the primary rolled around, he lost decisively . Had the rules put in place last month by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee been in place then, the consultants who’d helped that young senator would have been blacklisted by the party, and that young senator — Barack Obama — would have had the political mark of Cain (a failed Cain, at that) branded on him by the Democratic House. The rules that the DCCC unveiled last month are something new under the Democratic sun. Clearly concerned that...

The Trumpians: A Confederacy of Dunces, a Dunciad of Neo-Confederates

Midway into the third year of his presidency, Donald Trump is still able to find less competent clowns and more brutal thugs than their clownish, brutish predecessors to execute his policies (or, more accurately, his impulses). His nominations of Stephen Moore and Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve would place political hacks with proven records of economic idiocy in key policy-making slots. At one time or another, each advocated a reversion to the gold standard—the one policy guaranteed to turn a recession into a depression—and both warned repeatedly that the low interest rates and federal spending of the Obama era, which were key to the post-2008 economic recovery, would surely lead to ruinous inflation. Now that unemployment is at record lows, however, they have shifted their stance to supporting lowering interest rates to boost the economy—compliantly echoing the position of a desperate Trump hoping that good economic news will boost his re-election prospects...

Ahem -- Not All of Us Were Wrong About China (or About Wall Street, Either)

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, one of the controversies roiling America was the “Who Lost China” question. After Mao’s Communists took power there in 1949, Republicans—and not only Joe McCarthy—continually alleged that this was all the fault of President Harry Truman and his feckless diplomats, and that some of those diplomats were actually pro-Communist. (In the case of Alger Hiss, this was actually true, but Hiss had no connection to any U.S. policy outcomes, in China or anyplace else). The triumph of Mao’s revolution, of course, was actually due to the fact that some millions of Chinese were willing to fight for the Communists, and far fewer were willing to fight for Chiang Kai-Shek (who had come to personify a rather bleak status quo). In various ways, the Who Lost China debate is back with us again, with any number of commentators now realizing that China’s rise in global power and influence and its model of authoritarian rule (a kind...

So Trump Didn’t Collude -- He’s Still the Most Dangerous President in U.S. History

This article o riginally appeared at The Los Angeles Times . Subscribe here . Well, Jefferson Davis didn’t collude with a foreign power, either. That said, the U.S. senator turned Confederate president did lead a blood-drenched rebellion against his country to enshrine the right of whites to enslave blacks. Without any assistance from other nations, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney declared (in the Dred Scott decision) that African Americans, whether in slave states or free, had no rights as citizens. America’s darkest moments haven’t come when foreign powers have nosed around in our affairs. They’ve come when our own leaders have dehumanized their fellow Americans, which invariably has prompted acts—or waves—of violence against them. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded that President Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign didn’t collude with Vladimir Putin and his hacker apparatchiks to bring down Hillary Clinton. As to...

A Groundbreaking New Enterprise: Buybax!

This article is a preview of the Spring 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR AMERICAN PROSPECT READERS, A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN A GROUNDBREAKING NEW ENTERPRISE: BUYBAX! BUYBAX represents a radical break with the temporizing practices of most present-day American corporations, which still pay lip service to such hoary purposes as making, selling, or improving a product or a service—practices that require them to divert resources to such revenue sinkholes as research and development, production, marketing, employment, and the occasional cultivation of goodwill. NOT SO BUYBAX! The business plan of BUYBAX is elegantly simple: WE WILL ISSUE STOCK—AND BUY IT BACK . THAT’S IT. THAT’S ALL. SHARES OUT, SHARES IN, SHARES UP. AND YOU SHARE IN THE WEALTH! How, you may wonder, does this differ from the current practices of American big business? All right, we acknowledge that U.S. corporations spent more...

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