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The Progressives of the Future

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Politics, progressives, intellectuals, Talking Points Memo, Rinku Sen, Van Jones,

The Democrats will soon control both Congress and the Presidency, but the real reason for progressives to be hopeful is the wealth of up-and-coming intellectuals of the left. Talking Points Memo’s deputy publisher Andrew Golis has compiled a good list of 10 progressive intellectuals that give him hope. The list includes the unflappable Van Jones, co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Rinku Sen, one of Utne Reader’s 50 visionaries who is changing the world.

Golis included a video of his favorite intellectuals, so I’m including one from Jay Smooth, included in the list for his hip hop video blogging: