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Issue #18, Fall 2010
Health-Care Reform, 2015
Jacob S. Hacker: What the next health-care fight will look like—and why it might be even harder than the last one.
A More Perfect Union
Henry Farrell: Over the years, European leaders forgot how to justify integration to their citizens. It’s time they remember—and proceed with tough reforms.
Attention: Deficit
Isabel Sawhill and Greg Anrig: Should progressives embrace entitlement reform? Or look elsewhere to narrow the gap? An exchange between two leading fiscal experts.
Why We Must Judge
Roger Berkowitz: It’s not all relative: Without judgment, a society loses its sense of justice.
Red, Brown, and Blue
Ray Suarez: How our definition of whiteness has changed with each new wave of immigration—and how it needs to change again.
Martial Flaw
Jim Sleeper: How to spin ancient history to justify modern-day orchestrations of military power.
The Un-Reluctant Fundamentalist
Michelle Goldberg: Ayaan Hirsi Ali: brave critic of Islam on the grounds of its illiberalism—and champion of illiberal means to “crush” it.
In Front of His Nose
Martin Kettle: Christopher Hitchens has had an orchestra seat from which to view history and has captured a lot—but what has he missed?
Editor’s Note
Michael Tomasky: Michael Tomasky introduces Issue #18.
Advise and Dissent
David Dayen: History shows that dissent within the progressive ranks has been vital to advancing the liberal agenda. A response to Michael Tomasky.
Letters to the Editor
Democracy Readers: Letters from our readers
Detention Hall
Elbert Ventura: As a new school year begins, teachers’ unions find themselves very much alone.
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Events
Bold and Nimble: A 21st-Century Case for Ambitious Government
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: Join us for a discussion of Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer’s “The ‘More What, Less How’ Government” on March 9 at NDN. Liu and Hanauer will be joined by Michael Lind of the New America Foundation, Megan McArdle of The Atlantic, and E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post. Click here to RSVP.
News
Shadi Hamid on “The Cairo Conundrum”
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: In our Winter 2010 issue, Shadi Hamid wrote of the dilemma confronting the U.S. in Egypt. His closing lines: “Egyptians, along with Arabs and Muslims throughout the region, have demonstrated their desire for substantive political change. It is time we did the same.”
News
Read Gene Sperling’s Essay on “Rising-Tide Economics” from Our Fall 2007 Issue
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: President Obama today announced the appointment of Gene Sperling as the new director of the National Economic Council. Readers who are wondering what to expect from Sperling can find their answer in the pages of this journal.
Features
First Principles: The Role of Government
Michael Tomasky: Progressives aren’t going to give up on government because of one election. A strong role for the federal government as incubator, nurturer, and watchdog is central to the progressive vision of society.
Features
Enemies of State
Rick Perlstein: Historically, nothing has terrified conservatives so much as efficient, effective, activist government.
Features
Why Conservatives Won’t Govern
Alan Wolfe: Rather than using government badly out of a conviction that it always fails, they now refuse to allow government to do its work at all.
Features
The “More What, Less How” Government
Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer: What is government for? Over the last two years, this has been the dominant question of American politics. Yet so few leaders have offered coherent answers.

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