This blog deals with social, economic, political, and cultural issues from a left-wing or progressive perspective.  The writers see the U.S. as an empire in decline, like the ancient Roman Republic, which died when the Roman Empire stretched its resources beyond the breaking point.  We see the rise of the Corporate State where the distinction between corporations and the U.S. government is significantly diminishing.

It seems that the U.S. government is descending into a kind of chaos, with the Tea Party House Republicans, with their unyielding hatred of government, blocking any kind of reasonable compromise in the Congress on a wide variety of issues.  As of this writing, the hopeless "sequester" will soon have extremely negative effects on the public at large, particularly on the middle and lower classes.

Of primary concern is the impending ecological disaster with could actually result in the disappearance of the human species.   Big Oil, aided by a few stooges in the scientific community, coupled with the mostly silent mass media, are complicit in causing this impending disaster.  Of course, the underlying causes of climate change are the unmitigated greed of unregulated capitalism, over-population, and the world-wide fetish for growth.

For more information on what it means to be a progressive we suggest that you go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/131793272/Progressive-Thinking  and download the manuscript of the American Values Project.