Gemelito Laluna

Filipino-Canadian-American founder of the online journals The American Liberal Review, Adventists for Progress, and L.A. Chain Suck. A former high school government and economics teacher with a Juris Doctor (J.D.). Areas of focus and/or interest: U.S., U.K., and Canadian politics; American Progressivism; modern progressive liberalism (or social liberalism); social democracy; democratic socialism; netroots activism and progressive grassroots activism in the era of social media/new technology 2.0; international affairs, law and legal theory; political economy; public policy; liberal and Left Christianity; progressive and Left Seventh-day Adventism; contemporary center-right and right-of-center thought (Anglo-American conservatism, British "One Nation" conservatism, Christian Democracy, libertarianism, neoconservatism, paleoconservatism, and Red Toryism); the Filipino diaspora in North America; and general religious-theological studies. In sum, I'm Canadian by birth, American by choice, Filipino by culture, and Californian by spirit who's living at the intersection of where books, culture, cycling, economics, hockey, jurisprudence, life, philosophy, politics, progressive Christianity, progressive liberalism, public policy, soccer (i.e, football), social democracy, technology, theology, and trade unionism all meet in one seamless existence.

What the Media and Team Clinton Fail to Understand About Sanders’ “Some Days” Critique of Clinton’s Progressive Credentials. Why One Reporter’s Tweet Bolsters His Point. And Why That Explains Sanders’ Rise.

The media and Team Clinton completely miss the main thrust of Bernie Sanders’ sharp critique of her progressive bona fides. And why one tweet from a CNN reporter gets to the heart of the matter.So much has been made about the latest kerfuffle regarding Sen. Bernie Sanders’ criticism against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…

Why Looking at the Numbers Behind Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Recent Win Bodes Well for Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Run

Looking at the numbers behind Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent win shows a viable path to victory for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy that’s tailor-made for him.At the Canadian magazine Maclean’s, its Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes penned an insightful article unpacking the recent Canadian federal election by the numbers. Digging deep into the data, Geddes discovered…

Bernie Sanders’ First TV Ad Campaign: Its “Conviction Politician” Theme and Why It Matters

Why Sen. Bernie Sanders’ first TV ad campaign matters for the fortunes of his presidential ambitions and the future of effective progressive politics in America.This past Sunday, the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that it would be airing its first ads in Iowa and New Hampshire starting this Tuesday (to a tune of…

Justin Trudeau’s Victory in Canada and Its Lesson for Center-Left Parties Worldwide: Win By Going Progressive, Keynesian Bold and Ditching Third Way’s Austere Fiscal Conservatism

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau’s seismic landslide victory over Stephen Harper and the Conservatives this past Monday offers a critical lesson for center-left parties around the world: it’s time to finally bury, once and for all, the timidity of austere neoliberal third way economics and embrace bold, progressive (and pro-growth) Keynesianism. For much of their…

Clinton and Sanders: Two Theories of Change—And Why Both Will Be Critical for Post-Obama Liberalism in an Era of Conservative Hyper-Obstruction

The contrasting theories of change offered by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be crucial for the furtherance of post-Obama liberalism and effective progressive governance in an age of nihilistic hyper-obstructionism by the GOP. If there’s one big takeaway from the Democratic debate last week is that the two leading candidates to be the party’s…

Why the Battle Over SEIU’s Possible Endorsement of Hillary Clinton is Emblematic of the Dire Challenges Facing Unions in the Democratic Party

The battle over the SEIU’s possible endorsement of Hillary Clinton is emblematic of the labor movement’s limited options in flexing its political muscle within the Democratic Party. Recently, Politico reported that Bernie Sanders supporters, within the SEIU, petitioned their union’s international executive board to hold off in endorsing any candidate for they fear the board…

The Bernie Sanders Campaign’s Handling of Diversity Outreach Could Cost Sanders the Democratic Presidential Primary Nomination

What the Bernie Sanders campaign can do to rectify its lackluster ability in increasing its support among voters of color during the Democratic presidential primaries.For some people of color who are committed supporters of Bernie Sanders‘ candidacy to become the Democratic Party’s presidential standard-bearer in 2016, it’s been a disconcerting experience observing his campaign’s less-than-stellar…

The Transatlantic Left Moment: The Rise of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, and the Unraveling of the Washington-Westminster Neoliberal Center

The rise of Bernie Sanders in the U.S. and Jeremy Corbyn in the U.K. highlights the unraveling of the Washington-Westminster neoliberal center and the movement ascendency of a mobilized progressive left alternative. One of the most remarkable transatlantic political developments this year has been the surprising rise of two unabashedly left-wing insurgent—initially longshot—campaigns that have…

Why Liberalism-as-Snark’s Condescending Sneers Toward Trump Supporters are Woefully Misplaced

The liberalism-as-snark’s condescending sneers toward Trump supporters are woefully misplaced. And why liberals and progressives, more than anyone else, should understand the animating drive galvanizing those supporting Trump.One of the most troubling aspects with some online elements that pass for liberalism or progressivism these days is an attitudinal condescension, at best, or mocking contempt, as worst,…

Blog-itis Interruptus

Due to several computer and website issues, The American Liberal Review was offline for two-and-a-half months. Our apologies for the inconvenience. The blog is now up and running, and ready to resume.           (Photo: Computer keyboard. Photo by Ericnvntr on Flickr licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0 license. Photo used in this article slightly…

Of Political Values and Vision: An Introduction to The American Liberal Review and Its Mission

The political values and vision that animate The American Liberal Review’s aims. The American Liberal Review’s mission is to promote a political worldview steeped in the inspiring tradition of reform and achievement: progressive liberalism. (Sometimes known, in some circles, as a broadly inclusive democratic left-liberalism, or in Europe, as social liberalism.) It is a worldview…