Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor of the Washington Monthly.

He is also the founder Progress Pond where you can find all his writing. Before joining the Monthly, Martin was a county coordinator for ACORN/Project Vote and a political consultant. He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University.


How the Right Stopped Believing in Democracy

With the sole (glaring) exception of their success in making abortions inconvenient, the conservative movement is clearly losing the culture war, and losing it badly. So, we should expect to hear more and more talk about how the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are much more about protecting the rights of (political) minorities than… Read more »

About That Ubiquitous Atwater Rosetta Stone Confession

I don’t know if everyone is talking about race because Congress is deadlocked and, well, we have to talk about something more than Ukraine and the missing jet airplane, but I think Jonathan Chait’s cover story for New York Magazine probably has a lot to do with it. It obviously touched a nerve. There’s a… Read more »

Lost in Their Truther Jungle

After reading about Josh Marshall’s journey into the Truther’s Jungle, I don’t think it’s overly optimistic to see ObamaCare as analagous to “skewed” polls and the collective right as analogous to Karl Rove on Election Night in November 2012. What seems to be going on is something more than just epistemic closure. An entire political… Read more »

Comedy Keeps Us Going

Joel Warner and Peter McGraw went to Palestine to find out what kind of jokes they tell. They found some good ones: Later, we got to know stand-up comic Adi Khalefa, who claims to be the funniest guy from Nazareth since Jesus. He talks about getting on a plane in Israel and noticing a sign… Read more »

Blame-Shifting on Climate Change

I think that there is less outright denial that climate change is occurring globally than there is here in the United States, but it is still true that no one wants to suffer any economic costs to deal with the problem. While economically “developed” countries are the most responsible for creating the problem, “developing countries”… Read more »