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.

Another Example of Mass Cowardice

As I understand it, the United States ratified a treaty that obligates it to issue visas to anyone who is appointed to serve as an ambassador to the United Nations. It was a condition of getting agreement that the United Nations would be headquartered in New York City. It seems like a reasonable expectation, don’t… Read more »

Daylight Video

It’s hard to believe that Jerry Garcia has been dead for almost 19 years. I remember when a world without him was unimaginable. As virtually always the case with Jerry, the theme is Americana, in this case the life of a former slave born in the town of Vicksburg, traded for a chestnut mare.

Evening Roundup

Michael Lazin is annoyed that four presidents gathered in Austin to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and none of them ruined the ceremony by bringing up My Lai. Contrary to Lazin’s assertion, LBJ is a liberal hero. He’s also a liberal goat. That he is both at the same… Read more »

The Principles Behind the Mozilla Controversy

Conor Friederdorf’s latest column is frustrating because he makes several good points, but all in the service of what is really a stupid framing of the argument. He begins by questioning whether or not liberals are being consistent with their belief in tolerance when they attempt to stigmatize opponents of gay marriage, and then he… Read more »

U.S. Reputation Improves Abroad

Global approval of American leadership spiked immediately after President Obama replaced President Bush and then began a slow and steady drop throughout the remainder of Obama’s first term. However, the new Gallup numbers are in for 2013, and they show that the downward trajectory reversed itself in 2013. It’s not easy to understand the improvement,… Read more »