Tim Libretti

Tim Libretti

Tim Libretti is a professor of U.S. literature and culture at a state university in Chicago. A long-time progressive voice, he has published many academic and journalistic articles on culture, class, race, gender, and politics, for which he has received awards from the Working Class Studies Association, the International Labor Communications Association, the National Federation of Press Women, and the Illinois Woman's Press Association.

Opinion: Republicans Aren’t Changing Their Authoritarian Minds or Lying Ways

The 1/6 Committee hearings have not changed Republican minds about reality, only about Trump’s viability.

2 weeks ago

Opinion: “Anti-Government” GOP Actually Wants Big Government Against The People

This is a form of government not of, by and for the people, but one against the people. This is…

2 weeks ago

Opinion: Criticizing Saudi Visit, Media Ignores Biden’s Difficult Bind of Saving Democracy

We can’t really judge or evaluate Biden’s meeting with MBS without properly assessing the outright and serious threats to democracy…

4 weeks ago

Opinion: How The GOP Used Trump, And Why They Can Dump Him And Still Harm America

They aren’t dumping Trumpism, just Trump. Indeed, what some pundits have termed Trumpism is really just what mainstream Republican politics…

1 month ago

Opinion: Alito, Thomas Think Reality of Gun Violence Shouldn’t Concern SCOTUS

Rather than assess our history and re-think traditions that are unhealthy, indeed lethal, for us, SCOTUS, lead by the illogical…

1 month ago

Opinion: Chicago Sky Celebrate 50 years of Women’s Equality Under Title IX as Alito, SCOTUS Do the Opposite

While the celebration of Title IX was certainly planned ahead of the release of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe…

1 month ago

Opinion: SCOTUS Unleashes Reign of Terror on Americans

We have to recognize that the Supreme Court is now currently operating not just as an enabler of domestic terrorism…

2 months ago

Opinion: Media’s Inflation Coverage Obscures Promise of Biden’s Policies to Promote Real Economic Democracy

Media coverage blinds us to the fact that Biden’s Build Back Better plan contained the very policies that promise to…

2 months ago

Opinion: Jan. 6 And Uvalde Massacre Highlight How Violent Gun Culture Undermines Democracy

The gun, in many ways these days, has become the symbol and means of tyranny, a tool for taking down…

2 months ago

Opinion: If Americans Really Want to Address Gun Violence, It’s Democracy, Stupid

All of these issues—women’s right to choose, gun control, the rights of people to love how they want and marry…

2 months ago

Opinion: Advocating For Student Loan Forgiveness, AOC Highlights Key Obstacle To American Progress And Democracy

She expands the debate beyond student loan forgiveness to give us a broader lesson in civics and reality.

2 months ago

Opinion: Student Loan Forgiveness Is A Key Step In Promoting A Democratic Culture Of Mutual Aid

Forgiving student loans is an opportunity for the nation to create policy rooted in a recognition of the importance of…

2 months ago

Opinion: Want to Stop Inflation? Fighting for Global Democracy is the Answer

If we want to end inflation, we have to recognize how this dynamic is bound up in assaults on democracy…

3 months ago

Analysis: The Missing Person in Alito’s Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

Less attention has been given, in discussions and analysis in the media, to the actual text of Alito’s opinion, especially…

3 months ago

Opinion: The Global Tortoise And The Genocidal Hare: A Parable Of How (Not) To Create Global Democracy

We hear—and can certainly observe—how the wheels of international justice turn with agonizing sluggishness or simply don’t move at all,…

3 months ago

Opinion: Will Inflation Worries Push Americans Toward Authoritarianism to Economic Detriment?

The surest way to secure a strong economy that works for the majority of Americans is to support—and vote—for democracy,…

4 months ago

Opinion: Obama’s White House Visit Underlines Story Democrats Need To Tell About Themselves And GOP

Democrats need to focus intensely on loudly telling the story of what life in America will really be like if…

4 months ago

Opinion: Amazon, Starbucks, and Other U.S. Workers Fight the Putins at Home, While Ukraine’s Fight for Democracy Rages On

We need to recognize the role of labor and collective organizing in achieving democracy.

4 months ago

Opinion: Putin Shows Us Where GOP’s Hateful Rule Will Take Us If We Don’t Defend LGBTQ Rights

We must recognize the authoritarian threat directly and clearly, and highlight the continuities between Putin’s anti-LGBTQ politics and those in…

5 months ago

Opinion: Why It Matters that We Call the Russian Invasion What It Is: Genocide, Not War

we shouldn’t refer to their acts of barbarism and wholesale mass murder as “war.” We need to call it what…

5 months ago