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The mission of Democracy is to build a vibrant and vital progressivism for the twenty-first century that builds on the movement’s proud history, is true to its central values, and is relevant to present times.
Democracy will publish on a quarterly basis and serve as a place where ideas can be developed and important debates can be spurred.
We do not seek to publish policy papers; we’ll leave the important details on budget line items and dollar figures to others. Rather, we seek breakthrough thinking on the concepts and approaches that respond to the central transformations of our time: the breakdown of the ladder of upward mobility; the promise and problems of an information-based, globalized economy; new national security threats which cross old boundaries and defy old assumptions from jihadist terrorism and nuclear proliferation to climate change, pandemics, and poverty; and a society where people work and live in new and different ways.
Progressives have been at their best when we are both rigorous in looking at the world as it is and vigorous in introducing creative approaches to remake the world as we believe it should be. Democracy is not interested in either reiterating the conventional wisdom or maintaining unity around outdated orthodoxies. We see our role as upsetting tired assumptions, moving past outdated and obsolete divisions, and stretching the envelope of what is accepted by and of progressives.
Our ambitions are large – as is the scale of the work before us – but we have no doubt that ideas can change the course of our nation. Now is the time to fashion a new progressivism for the twenty-first century, and we welcome all who are willing to join in this conversation.
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Events
Responding to the Jobs Crisis: A Progressive Entrepreneurship Agenda
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas: Join us for a panel discussion on June 30 at the National Press Club to discuss ideas on how to respond to the jobs crisis. E.J. Dionne will moderate a roundtable featuring the authors in “From the Ground Up: Fostering Entrepreneurship,” a symposium in our new issue.
Events
As Seen in Democracy: ACS Debate on How to Interpret the Constitution
American Constitution Society: This week, the American Constitution Society celebrates its 10th anniversary with a national convention in Washington, D.C. Among the most anticipated events is a panel discussion on how progressives should interpret the Constitution—a debate that also happens to be the subject of the latest installment of our First Principles series.
News
Democracy Editor Tomasky on “The Diane Rehm Show”
The Diane Rehm Show:Democracy editor and Newsweek/The Daily Beast correspondent Michael Tomasky appeared on the June 14 episode WAMU’s “The Diane Rehm Show” as part of a panel discussion analyzing the New Hampshire Republican debate.

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