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Undernews, the online report of the Progressive Review, is edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington under nine presidents and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review is an online journal and archive of alternative news. Here's a snippet. LOCAL RESPONSE - From the over 100 towns that have passed resolutions critical of the Patriot Act to the over 100 towns and counties that have passed living wage legislation, state and local politics remains the great underrated salvation of the American system. Progressives should - as progressives did in the 1960s - embrace the idea of what the Catholic church used to call subsidiarity: it's best to do things at the lowest practical level. Liberals have been profoundly off-track on this, most recently with people like Ted Kennedy giving support to the disastrous federal takeover of public education. If progressives were to stand up for the rights of states and localities they might soon find themselves with a nice White House from which to share their federal revenues.

— Sam Smith
Panning for Hope


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