The Great Debate

What does it take to win the Democratic nomination in 2016?

By Bill Schneider
December 29, 2014

ydbElizabeth Warren, candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, addresses the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Get out your pitchforks, Democrats! A showdown over populism is coming.

The core of the problem is the decline of Democratic support among white working-class voters.  White voters without a college degree made up 36 percent of the midterm electorate this year. They voted nearly 2-to-1 Republican.

Searching for a real populist

By Michael Kazin
January 6, 2014

In the American political lexicon, few words are as prevalent — or as confusing — as “populism.”

IRS at 100: How income taxation built the middle class

By John Buenker and Sam Pizzigati
October 2, 2013

Exactly a century ago, on October 3, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the first modern federal income tax into law. The sky did not fall.