Suggested Reading

For the student interested in politics, the cyclone of current events presents a daunting challenge. As readers, we are anglers with our lines in the torrent, trying to fish out an understanding of our times. The internet age has flooded us with content, commentary, and news, and nowhere is the current stronger, more complex, more rewarding than political debate. Reading new things helps us remain fresh. Reading old things helps us get more out of fishing.

We have compiled this list not to advocate for any single point of view, but to expose the angler to a broad spectrum of considered opinion. Some of these catches, like "Back to the Center, Democrats" and Elizabeth Warren's Netroots Nation Speech, offer snapshots of past debates the impacts of which are still being felt. Others, like Adam Garfinkle's "In Way Too Little We Trust" and novelist Zadie Smith's reaction to Brexit, offer lasting insights into what makes our moment in history different. Still others, like Russel Kirk's The Conservative Mind and Toqueville's Democracy in America point us to those aspects of our politics, culture, nation, and nature which have not changed, or which are changing at a glacial pace. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list or a representative sample of all of the opinion out there. These are just our catches. We're all students, and we're all learning; if you would like to add to this list, we would love it if you could send your finds to


After 2016

"Tuning in and Turning Out: Millennials are active but not voting; what's stopping them and how can they make their voices count?" Common Cause

"A guide to rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up," Vox

"Indivisible Guide," Indivisible

"In Way Too Little We Trust," Adam Garfinkle

"The Democrats’ Wave Could Turn Into A Flood," Harry Enten

"If You Want To Know Who’s Running In 2020, Watch Capitol Hill, Not Iowa," Perry Bacon Jr.

"How Trump is Making us Rethink American Exceptionalism," Joshua Zeitz

"The Primary Problem," Bruce E. Cain

"How to escape your media bubble for a clearer view," Amanda Hess

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, Jonathan Allen

The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Edward Luce

The Lost Majority, Sean Trende

Winning your Election the Wellstone Way, Wellstone Action


Political Thought

on Liberalism

"Back to the Center, Democrats," Mark Penn and Andrew Stein

"The God that Failed," Sean Trende

The Emerging Democratic Majority, John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira

Democracy in America, Alexis de Toqueville

Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke

A World in Disarray, Richard Haas


on Progressivism

"Netroots Nation Speech," Elizabeth Warren

"Fences," Zadie Smith

"What's in a Label?" David Green

Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders

This Fight is Our Fight, Elizabeth Warren