Nick Licata

Nick Licata, was a 5 term Seattle City Councilmember, named progressive municipal official of the year by The Nation, and is founding board chair of Local Progress, a national network of 1,000 progressive municipal officials. Author of Becoming a Citizen Activist. Subscribe to Licata’s newsletter Urban Politics

Student Protests in Context: Vietnam to Israel-Palestine

Protestors are motivated by legitimate outrage at the government’s actions. If there is little or no response, over time, impatience sets in. And for a growing number of protestors, the push for a perfect solution overshadows more achievable solutions.

Tools or Weapons: What the Internet Hath Wrought

Digital technology has already facilitated domestic rebellions against autocratic governments. On the downside, it also has given authoritarian governments a powerful weapon to manipulate democratic elections.

How Russia and China are Trying to Influence the 2024 Election

There’s no doubt that November voters will be deluged with an onslaught of disinformation.

Biden vs Trump: Who’s Grown the Economy?

If Biden tries to validate his economic policies by explaining complex data, he'll lose his audience to Trump, who has spent his life promoting his successes, real or not, in simple soundbites.

Could Nikki Haley Still Derail Trump in the General Election?

It all comes down to Haley deciding if she wants to go down peacefully resigned to accepting the new Trumpian Republican Party or if she’s going to open a new page in the history of her party.

Joe Biden’s War? He’s Falling into a Trap Over Israel

Experience shows American presidents can support a secure Israel rather than an aggressive one. That is a lesson that Biden must learn from former presidents.

How Trump Would Exterminate the Deep State

It probably was not by coincidence that he held his rally on the 30th anniversary of a deadly fight between federal agents and inhabitants of a compound headed by the anti-government cult leader David Koresh.

Grandiosity: What Trump 2.0 Would Mean for America

The nation will begin a constitutional crisis during Trump’s first week in the Oval Office. The institutional chaos that he provokes will either splinter the Republican Party, or it will continue to transform into the MAGA Party led by Trump. 

Kshama Sawant and the Marxists (They’ve Disappeared)

The ultimate weakness of an organization's tightly closed leadership system is that it limits beliefs and information outside its control. Hence, leaders quickly discount input from others as invalid or unworthy of evaluation.

Immigration Fuels the International Rise of Populist Right-Wing Parties

It will take pragmatic and bold leadership to halt this slide into a society that will not be seen as a land of the free.