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May 10, 2012

Who are the Leading, Top Progressives?

By Rob Kall

Who do you think of as progressive leaders? And how are progressives different from liberals?


Who are the leading progressives in America today?

I am working on another article, where I'm contacting leading progressives. As I went through the process of contacting some of the people I consider leading progressives who I have emails for, I did some research and some googling. There's not that much out there and the lists I found were not very satisfying. They listed big media people-- MSNBC hosts, Michael Moore,-- but left out activists. 

So I'm going to you for your help. 

Now, my goal is to identify living progressive, as opposed to liberal leaders. As part of my goal, I'd like your thoughts on what's the difference between a progressive and a liberal. Some people have been pretty critical of liberals, like Chris Hedges, in his book, Death Of The Liberal Class. 

Some people classed as liberals, rather than progressives, are leaders of Moveon, Van Jones. What do you think? 

Who are the progressives you think of when you think of progressive leaders?

Please list them in a comment, and, if possible include a link to their website or something written by or about them.

My list of progressives I've already written to includes: 

Thom Hartmann,  Noam Chomsky, Jane Hamsher,    Danny Schechter,   Kevin Zeese,  Kevin Gosztola (a leading under 25 progressive-- any more suggestions for younguns?),  John Nichols,  Cindy Sheehan  (these have already replied and I'll be using their responses in my article. I'll be updating the responder list as responses come in.) and Markos Moulitsas,  Margaret Flowers, Daniel Ellsberg, Chris Hedges, Glen Ford, Glenn Greenwald,, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Debra Sweet,, Naomi Wolf, Naomi Klein, David Swanson, Ray McGovern, Ann Wright, Rocky Anderson, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Greg Palast.

There are others on my list, Like Ralph Nader, but I don't have their emails and this is a list of people I've written to. 

One aspect of my exploration is I want to ask these people the difference between liberal and progressive. 

So, please help me out with your favorite progressives, as compared to liberals.  And what's your take on the difference between liberals and progressives?

Many progressive leaders Protesting at the WhiteHouse Gate by Rob Kall

top row: Dan Ellsberg, Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges, Margaret Flowers (face turned away)

next row: Debra Sweet, Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans ((face turned away)

Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

Rob Kall Wikipedia Page

Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 

To watch Rob having a lively conversation with John Conyers, then Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click hereWatch Rob speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.

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